by Kyle Stults on September 24, 2013
Sochi 2014 will be here before you know it. As we have seen in many prior Olympic Games, Omega has created a special edition watch to mark the occasion — for 2014 it is the Omega Sochi Petrogra, a remake of an Omega from 1915. The distinctive tonneau-shaped case is 18K yellow gold, with equally distinctive lugs. The silvery-white dial symbolically incorporates the bold red (24-hour track), white and blue (hands) colors of the Russian flag. This is a limited run of 100 pieces. A great retro-inspired watch.
The watch is powered by Omega’s calibre 2202 with a co-axial escapement.
Did You Know?
This is Omega’s 26th time since 1932(!) as Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games.
Yesterday in San Francisco, OMEGA unveiled the new Seamaster Diver ETNZ Limited Edition timepiece at a special event with Emirates Team New Zealand Skipper (and Omega Ambassador) Dean Barker. Designed to commemorate the 34th America’s Cup and celebrate OMEGA’s partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand (“ETNZ”), the new timepiece features a 44mm stainless steel case with matte black ceramic bezel ring, and is powered by the Omega co-axial calibre 3330 with regatta timing capability (indicated at 3 o’clock) — and a great red and black color set.
Lots more details and looks, on the click
A new co-axial chronograph from Omega pays tribute to the origins of the now iconic Speedmaster collection. Speedy historians (can’t say that I am one), will surely appreciate design elements from the first ’57 Speedmaster model like the straight lugs and the flat bracelet, brought forward to today’s model which is combined with the latest in mechanical timekeeping i.e. a co-axial chronograph caliber 9300/9301 series with Si balance spring.
Perhaps (or perhaps not) borrowing a page from IWC, the column-wheel chronograph offers an intuitive reading of the chronograph hours/minute via two-hands on the 3 o’clock sub. There is also a central chronograph seconds hand, a small seconds hand on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock and a date window at the 6 o’clock.
Several variations will be offered.
Early looks bode well for Omega fans this year which is going to be facing a lot of headline competition from Rolex and the 50th anniversary of the Daytona.
More to come, stay tuned to Perpetuelle and you won’t miss a beat.
Baselworld 2013 preview…
44mm black ceramic case, automatic mechanical Omega coaxial caliber 9300 (bicompax chrono)
Now as you know Baselworld starts this week. Of course Perpetuelle’s coverage of the show will be second to none. As you know and have come to expect.
If you want to see what’s new and you want to see it now, then you know where to come. The action starts about 48 hours from now — see you back again soon!
First Look…Baselworld 2013 preview…
Here’s your first look at a great looking new piece from Omega, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT. A perfect addition to the Planet Ocean lineup. As you can see from the bezel and dial it is a GMT watch, though the as noted by Omega this piece will carry the GoodPlanet name, an ocean conservation group that Omega has worked with since 2011. The watch has a 43.5mm steel case, 600 m water resistance, made with the Omega co-axial caliber 8605 with Silicon balance spring, and available on bracelet and rubber strap.
Click through for more looks and details on the new SMPO GMT
by Kyle Stults on April 09, 2013
Baselworld 2013 preview…
With SIHH 2013 behind us, we now begin to turn our attention to Baselworld 2013 (April/May). A number of previews will be seen here over the next couple months — starting first with the new OMEGA Constellation Sedna. Sedna, you ask? It is a new 18K gold alloy (min. 75% gold), created by OMEGA and other Swatch Group scientists which blends three elements: gold, copper and palladium; as you can see it possesses nice hues of rose and red, though from these images it is hard to distinguish its uniqueness vs. other rose or pink golds.
According to Omega, it takes its name from a trans-Neptunian object which astronomers called 90377 Sedna, an object which possesses one of the reddest surfaces in the Solar System, at least as far as galactic objects go. Sedna is also the goddess of the sea and marine animals in Inuit mythology.
The case features both polished and brushed elements; indexes and hands are also made of Sedna gold, as is the strap clasp. The dial has the “pie-pan” design which traces its roots back to the very first Constellation from 1952. Inside the watch is the Omega co-axial caliber 8501, with silicon balance spring.
Elements in Sedna™ (min. 75% gold)
The OMEGA Constellation Sedna will be produced in a limited edition of 1,952 pieces, signifying the year OMEGA debuted the renowned Constellation watch family. No doubt this is a great looking Connie!
More broadly, I see “Sedna” as emblematic of an interesting and ongoing trend in technology-driven materials innovation. Just think about all the new case materials that have brought us stunning watches in recent year’s — sapphire crystal (MB&F HM2 and Richard Mille’s 56-01), Hublot’s “Magic Gold”, ceramics (JLC Deep Sea Cermet), and composite (Panerai), just to name a few. Sure, Sedna is not of an earth-shattering nature, it is probably more of a marketing tool for Omega and perhaps eventually other Swatch Group brands, but it does show that beyond design and movement production, there are other ways for brand’s to differentiate their products in today’s highly competitive market.
by Kyle Stults on January 17, 2013
The anti-magnetic Omega Caliber 8508, fitted in an OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra
Today in Geneva, OMEGA announced its creation of a watch that is resistant to magnetic fields greater than 1.5 tesla (15,000 gauss), far exceeding the levels of magnetic resistance achieved by any previous watch and solving a problem that has challenged watchmakers for centuries. Unlike other efforts to combat the effects of magnetism, the OMEGA movement does not rely on a protective container inside the watch case but on the use of selected non-ferrous materials in the movement itself. Watches such as the the Rolex Milgauss (‘Mil’=1,000) and the IWC Ingenieur (which we will be seeing and hearing a lot about this year) use the traditional inner-protective cage approach in their watches. By comparison to the Caliber 8508′s 15,000 gauss rating, these famous watches are anti-magnetic up to 1,000 gauss and ~6,000 gauss, respectively. Offering 15x the magnetic resistance of these famous watches, you can see that the innovation encapsulated here in the 8508 is quite special. More looks and insights, below.
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by Kyle Stults on January 01, 2013
In celebration of the New Year we will take a look at one of my favorite watches of recent years, the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Titanium. Photos taken over the New Year’s holiday at Königsleiten ski village in Österreich (Austria) mark the occasion. Enjoy the review!
by Kyle Stults on October 11, 2012
First Look…”The Last Manned Lunar Landing”
In December 1972, NASA’s Apollo program came to a successful end as Captain Eugene Cernan, commander of the Apollo XVII, became the last human being to leave footprints on the lunar surface. Compared to previous Apollo missions, Apollo 17 astronauts traversed the greatest distance using the Lunar Roving Vehicle and returned the greatest amount of rock and soil samples. Eugene Cernan, commander of Apollo 17, still holds the distinction of being the last man to walk on the Moon, as no humans have visited the Moon since December 14, 1972. Cernan was also on the Apollo 10 mission in 1969, and the Gemini IX-a mission in 1966.
To celebrate 40 years since brand ambassador Eugene A. Cernan’s legendary last moonwalk, OMEGA is now out with the Speedmaster Moonwatch “Apollo XVII” 40th Anniversary Limited Edition, a timepiece whose innovative technology and commemorative design serve as a lasting tribute to human ingenuity and the exploration of space. We’ve got high-res closeups, specs and pricing — below.
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