SPECIAL REPORT

Time To Move: Omega

by Katherine Arteche
30 Aug 2019

From the inaugural watch show by the Swatch Group, we select our favourite timepieces that exhibit both technical and aesthetical prowess birthed from these watchmakers.

This year is a big year for Omega. It's the Jubilee year of the moon landing, marking a milestone for mankind, space exploration, and Omega’s watch history. Yet, the manufacture hasn’t forgotten two of its classic collections, both of which have made historic milestones in their own ways.

The Seamaster Aqua Terra introduces a new Worldtimer with a sleeker presentation. One’s eyes are drawn to the centre that is a visual of planet earth, created by laser engraving grade 5 titanium while a 24-hour hesalite crystal ring frames it. Filling the rest of the 43mm space is a sun-brushed blue dial which lies the hour markers and timezones, which include the city of Bienne at the GMT+1 mark to signify Omega’s headquarters.

The Seamaster family also sees a new Diver 300M Chronograph SednaTM Gold addition which embraces Omega’s dive watch in a new aesthetic with its in-house innovative material. SednaTM Gold is the manufacture’s proprietary precious alloy which debuted just six years ago.

The new Seamaster marries this with a black ceramic bezel insert, ceramic chronograph pushers, and a black rubber strap to match. The Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9901 powers this timepiece, where multiple timekeeping is read off 18K SednaTM Gold subdials.

As with all homemade recipes, the SednaTM Gold combination is unique. Comprising of copper, gold, and palladium, is it the latter’s properties that lend heightened aesthetics to the resulting reddish hue because of its lasting sheen.

The new Constellation Manhattan then is still housed in the same trademark metal, its robust reddish exoskeleton that gives a vivid contrast to the aventurine glass dial. While the watch is fit with the METAS-certified Calibre 8701, the watch also carries depth with its beauty.

The sparkling dial is further accented with 12 previous diamonds, with complementing gold accents. Physically, the addition of this 29mm size also comes with several design tweaks. It comes slightly slimmer than its predecessor in terms of a thinner bezel, a more seamless merge with the case finish, and more bevelled edges.