A multifunction quartz chronograph designed for adventurers and explorers…
The Solar Impulse project, launched by Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg, recently unveiled its second solar-powered airplane, Solar Impulse 2. Solar Impulse 2 has been built to meet the challenge of becoming the first plane to circle the globe using the sun as its only source of energy. Omega has an active role as one of Solar Impulse’s main partners, providing both capital support and key technology to the venture. And of course there is a watch to go along with the project as well: the Omega Speedmaster Skywalker X-33. Much like the Solar Impulse aircraft has been upgraded from the 2010 model, so has the watch.
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.
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>>>