Omega extends its Aqua Terra series with two new men’s (41.5mm) and two new ladies’ (34mm and 38.5mm) models this year. The Aqua Terra is distinguished by its lacquered black or blue dial features with the “Teak Concept” vertical lines. Available July 2014.
by Kyle Stults on March 27, 2014
How the Omega Master Co-Axial works…
You may have noticed in my features on the 2014 Omega collection that the calibers this year are not quite as they have been in the past. Of course you all know about Omega’s “co-axial” technology, so what is new this year? The Master Co-Axial. As anticipated when it announced its caliber 8508 a year ago, Omega’s new breakthrough anti-magnetic technology was not a one-off development — Omega was planning to bring the technology into ALL of Omega’s new calibers. 2014 marks the beginning of this, hence the name and dial notation “Master Co-Axial”.
What Does Omega Master Co-Axial Mean?
The OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibres are distinguished from their predecessors by their ability to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. The first important step toward creating an antimagnetic movement began in 2008 with the launch of the Si14 silicon balance spring. The staffs and pivots in these upgraded calibres are made of Nivagauss™; the steel plates found in the Co-Axial movement have been replaced with non-magnetic plates; and the spring of the shock absorber has been crafted from an anamorphous material.
The introduction of this new class of calibres , which differ from their predecessors in their ability to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss, marks a dramatic step forward in terms of robustness and reliability of OMEGA’s flagship mechanical movement, both in men’s and women’s watches.
OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart said, “Our Master Co-Axial mechanical movements have set a new quality standard for the brand and for the industry. In the years to come, the anti-magnetic technology will be a part of every one of our exclusive, proprietary calibres. With these movements, the magnetic fields that can compromise the performance of every watch are no longer an issue.”
So how will the watch consumer perceive and value this technology that is henceforth standard in Omega movements? Well, that remains to be seen. One thing is for sure — Omega has invested a hefty sum in this innovation, and you will be hearing a LOT more about it in years to come.
Inspired by the original 1955 model, the new Trésor is a classicaly styled timepiece and a welcome addition to Omega’s De Ville collection. Offered in 18K Sedna gold, 18K yellow gold or 18K white gold — all 40mm case size — the De Ville Trésor has a beautiful a silvery opaline dial with a vintage “clous de Paris” pattern. Polished 18K gold hour, minute and seconds hands are complemented by the date window at 6 o’clock. Powered by the Omega Master Co-Axial calibre 8511. Not only does it feature a Si14 silicon balance spring and co-axial escapement it can also resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss.
The Omega De Ville Trésor will be offered in both rose and white gold at a price of 11,500 CHF.
As an aside — you may have noticed this year that all of Omega’s new calibers are now utilizing its 15000 gauss antimagnetic technology that debuted last year. If you are curious what Omega “Master Co-Axial” means, be sure to read my explanation of this important development and breakthrough Omega technology, here>>>
The OMEGA Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary Limited Edition wristwatch commemorates the first lunar landing and celebrates its link to the iconic chronograph that was part of the adventure.
Omega is re-issuing the Seamaster 300 this year, and here is your first look. Originally introduced in 1957, the OMEGA Seamaster 300 makes a comeback in 2014 complete with Omega’s most advanced design and watchmaking innovations. Interesting, among other details, is the “Master Co-Axial” notation on the dial (photo below), the “sandwich dial”, bracelet with polished center links with fine adjustment, ceragold bezel inlay (two-tone model), and “broad-arrow” hands. This watch will hit retail display cases November 2014.
First look…world premiere orange ceramic bezel…platinum case, dial and strap stitching…
Omega has just upped the bar, unveiling the new Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Orange Ceramic with a brushed and polished 43.5mm case crafted from 950-grade platinum with a bi-directional 24-hour GMT rotating bezel whose polished ring is made from orange ceramic (patent pending), a world premiere. This stunning wristwatch has been produced in a limited edition of only eight pieces.
Just announced: 2014 will mark the reintroduction of the original 1969 Omega Speedmaster Mark II, a timepiece with a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound caliber 861 found inside the famous Moonwatch. The 2014 version of this classic timepiece has been updated to include an automatic mechanical movement and luminous tachy scale – a first in the iconic Speedmaster family (see image below). The watch will be issue in two version: a traditional Speedy black dial, and the grey dial with fluorescent orange accents.
by Kyle Stults on January 07, 2014
At Baselworld 2013, OMEGA introduced the first ceramic OMEGA Speedmaster. And by ceramic I mean almost everything on the watch is ceramic — bezel, pushers, crown, dial and even the buckle – ceramic. The Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” — which retails for $12,000 — is one amazing watch. It looks absolutely superb and of course it has the Speedy DNA. In this photo essay I will share with you an in-depth look at how the Omega Speedmaster “Dark Side of the Moon” is made. I’ve also included a few hands-on photos of the watch that I took at Baselworld earlier this year.
TONS of photos including some hands on with the Dark Side of the Moon on the click
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
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