One of the great pleasures of the OMEGA brand is beginning a new year and witnessing the wave of innovative products and designs that are due to be launched. In 2016, this moment has an added edge of excitement and intrigue.
Their highly publicised OMEGA Globemaster was one of last year’s leading stars. Not only was it beautiful in design, but it also carried the prestigious title of being the “World’s First Master Chronometer”. As promised, it would certainly not be the last. Today the Master Chronometer revolution is very much in-line with their objectives.
Master Chronometer certification represents a higher standard of excellence within the Swiss watchmaking industry. Many years of dedicated work have gone into this new standard, resulting in an official certification from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
For OMEGA, the Globemaster represented not only a major milestone, but also the beginning of a new era in excellence. Their plan is to certify the majority of mechanical watches as Master Chronometers by 2020. And from last year’s first step, the next phase has begun.
At Baselworld 2016, we saw a number of new movements and models that carry the Master Chronometer rating. These include the entire collection of new Seamaster Planet Ocean watches, the new Constellation Small Seconds model for ladies, and the Speedmaster Moonphase timepiece with its stunning blue dial.
Aqua Terra “Goodplanet”
When OMEGA’s partnership with the GoodPlanet Foundation was announced in 2011, it began an empowering collaboration that has since covered the world’s surface.
After the success of the inaugural Planet Ocean film, as well as several beneficial conservation projects, OMEGA is commemorating the partnership with the release of several new timepieces.
In 2016, the new documentary TERRA will be launched worldwide, highlighting the fragile relationship between humans and animals. From this film, two new wildlife projects have been established in Botswana and a portion of sales from these watches will help to fund the ongoing work.
The Aqua Terra “GoodPlanet” is built from robust grade 5 titanium, and stands out for its use of the ocean’s colour. This is found on the applied blued indexes, OMEGA logo, and facetted blued hands, all placed upon a lacquered white dial. Unlike other Aqua Terra models, these watches do not feature the typical teak design.
While the watch comes with a polished-brushed grade 5 titanium bracelet, there is also a blue coated nylon fabric strap, perfected with white stitching and a foldover clasp.
In anticipation of SPECTRE the 24th James Bond film released in 2015, OMEGA created a limited edition Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M model inspired by the Bond family coat of arms.
The symbol is repeatedly interlocked to create a dynamic pattern on the watch’s blue dial. The coat of arms is also found near the tip of the yellow central seconds hand.
Among the most striking elements of this 41.5 mm stainless steel timepiece is the oscillating weight of the movement visible through the sapphire crystal caseback. This component has been cut and shaped to resemble a gun barrel, a design feature associated with James Bond.
Powered by the completely new OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibre 8507, this timepiece is resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss.
The timepiece is presented on a stainless steel bracelet and will be produced in an edition limited to 15,007 pieces. It is delivered with a full four-year warranty.
Planet Ocean 600m Master Chronometer “Chocolate”
Watchmaking and chocolate are two of Switzerland’s most luxurious icons. And for this latest creation, OMEGA has melted the two together in one sensuous timepiece.
With its luscious brown colour, this Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer is at the forefront of craftsmanship and style. As the name suggests, the model has been updated as a Master Chronometer, the industry’s highest standard of certification. For women, this is among the first ladies’ timepieces to attain the impressive rating approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
To see the innovative movement itself, wearers can admire the new calibre 8801 through the sapphire crystal caseback, complete with an oscillating weight crafted from 18K Sedna™ gold.
This is, in fact, the first time that 18K Sedna™ gold has been used for the Planet Ocean collection. The material has also been used for the case, hands and indexes, as well as the foldover clasp on the strap.
And to perfectly complement the soft reddish tone of the metal, OMEGA has created both the dial and bezel from chocolate brown ceramic.