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
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 with ceramic bezel, 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.
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