For its 2020 unveil of novelties, OMEGA has got us starry-eyed.
Finding inspiration from the depths of the oceans to the constellations in the night sky, the Swiss luxury watchmaker reconnects with several of its most beloved models with a fresh perspective on design and innovation. A little something for any kind of watch wearer, here’s the lowdown on the new 2020 collection.
[All images courtesy of OMEGA Watches]
For the star-gazers: OMEGA Constellation in Blue
There’s hardly a timepiece dreamier than the OMEGA Constellation, and in its latest rendition, it takes to the skies in its most precious form.
The new 29mm models sparkle behind blue glass, with a unique Aventurine dial that gives the illusion of a star-filled sky. An artistic and bold feature, this contrasts beautifully with the case and bracelet materials: stainless steel, Sedna™ gold, yellow gold, or blends of steel and gold.
It is a watch for those with an affinity for a timepiece that stands out on the wrist, not just from the viewpoint of the sky-blue dial, but also from the dazzling hour markers. The bezels that circle the dial are brushed with Roman numerals or polished and diamond set. They are accompanied by 11 diamond hour markers, held in place with holders made from either yellow, white, or 18K Sedna™ gold, depending on the model.
Nevertheless, a few things have remained charmingly consistent and reminiscent of previous OMEGA Constellation models. Staying true to form, the new models feature the distinctive claws and mono-rang bracelet which previously made them so beloved, with the Master Chronometer calibers (8700/8701) within to ensure a steady beat. An elegant timepiece suited as much to an evening soiree as it is for everyday shining moments.
The OMEGA Constellation model Ref: 184.108.40.206.53.001 is priced at THB 395,000. The OMEGA Constellation model Ref: 220.127.116.11.53.002 is priced at THB 376,000. The OMEGA Constellation model Ref: 18.104.22.168.55.002 is priced at THB 434,000.
For the modern traveller: the Seamaster Aqua Terra
There is something nostalgic and romantic about a worldtimer timepiece; something that becomes apparent even at just a glance at the Seamaster Aqua Terra. It is a modern world tour for he or she who enjoys to travel (figuratively or literally) between time zones throughout their days.
Ever since its first unveil a few years ago, the OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer has quickly risen to becoming a highly popular and successful model. It is no wonder, given that it brings something to the table both to those who are into remarkable design and to those who are into even moreso remarkable technology. What other timepiece could make you feel as if you had the whole world on your wrist?
The new 43mm Aqua Terra comes with a brushed and polished stainless steel case, and has now been fitted with a blue rubber strap through a solid polished link. Insiders will know that this is a nod to OMEGA’s core Aqua Terra collection, whilst newcomers will appreciate this seamlessness in design.
On to the dial — irrevocably the star of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer — this comes in a sun-brushed blue, featuring the Aqua Terra’s signature vertical teak stripes, and a new inner ring. The dial itself is surrounded by a circle of global destinations for the avid traveller, with an especially charming addition of Bienne at GMT+1. This littler marker is a tribute to OMEGA’s home in Switzerland.
Admiring the overall dial, the eye meets OMEGA’s very own vision of the Earth, looking down over the North Pole, crafted in grade 5 titanium plate. The blue ocean has been created through laser-ablation, leaving a relief to depict the continents. Most strikingly, the contrasting colours of the Earth’s surface are a natural effect of the laser’s chemical reaction. At the centre of the dial, the time can be read on a 24-hour hesalite crystal ring. Light blue indicates daytime, while dark blue indicates night. The watch is accompanied by a blue rubber strap featuring a quilted texture and contrasting light blue stitching. The Worldtimer is driven by the Master Chronometer Calibre 8938, though for its admirers it is clearly driven by a rich wanderlust, and a curiosity for this technical marvel.
The OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra Ref: 22.214.171.124.03.001 is priced at THB 308,000.
For those who know a true sport when they see one: OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean America’s Cup
It is no secret that OMEGA has long had a close relationship with the world of sports. Anchored by a strong ocean heritage, OMEGA created the world’s first commercially available divers’ watch in 1932, and has since — quite naturally — become the timepiece of choice for ocean explorers, professional divers, and anyone with a love for the waters. The latest OMEGA America’s Cup timepiece attributes all of these aficionados, but also highlights one event in particular.
Celebrating its special friendship with the team, the Seamaster Planet Ocean commemorates the 36th America’s Cup, which will be contested by the Emirates Team New Zealand in Auckland. With OMEGA as the Official Timekeeper of the races, its design inspiration becomes apparent, bringing together the three leading colours for the event’s logo.
The white polished ceramic dial presents the words “36th AMERICA’S CUP” at 6 o’clock, encircled by a blue ceramic bezel ring and diving scale, as well as a 5-minute countdown and START indication highlight in white and red liquid ceramic. These touches are evocative of the sport itself, but also highlight the precision that is required in the world of sailing. It is a precision that the Seamaster Planet Ocean manages to accomplish with a great balance between technicality and aesthetic.
Commemorating the event, the certified Master Chronometer also has a wave-edged caseback with an America’s Cup logo transferred onto the sapphire crystal. A special logo can also be found on the counterweight of the central seconds hand. Featuring a fitting blue and red structured rubber strap with white stitching, the watch is perfectly suited and beautifully booted for the seas, powered by the OMEGA Master Chronometer Calibre 8900. It is available in a limited edition of only 2021 pieces.
Why 2021? The 36th America’s Cup will take place in March 2021 in Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour in New Zealand.
The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Ref: 126.96.36.199.04.001 is priced at THB 245,000.
For the golden ones: the Speedmaster 38mm
For the final pieces of the new collection, OMEGA goes for the gold with the latest Speedmaster 38mm.
Blending the iconic Moonwatch design with a more refined and feminine aesthetic, the Speedmaster gets a golden revamp in full 18K gold. Whilst this certainly transforms the overall appearance of the timepiece, it still comes together perfectly with the collection’s signature soft dial colours and gentle oval subdials.
The first model in the new collection is set on a taupe-brown strap and features fiery red tones of 18K Sedna™ gold. It includes a creamy silvery dial that is reminiscent of that ‘cappuccino’ style of the previous models, yet in this rendition boasts the dial in one colour, as opposed to multiple contrasting hues. This results in a more soothing, streamlined design.
The second model comes in a radiant 18K yellow gold with an opaline silvery dial and a green leather strap. The hands stand out in a mix of 18K yellow gold and green varnished, and the arrowhead indexes are crafted in 18K yellow gold, too.
For either watches, customers can choose either the famous tachymeter scale set on an aluminium bezel, or the innovative dual bezel split between aluminium and a stunning outer circle of 90 full-cut diamonds. OMEGA’s unique Seahorse medallion makes an appearance on the caseback, and each of the golden timepieces is driven by the OMEGA Co-Axial Calibre 3330.
It is no surprise the Speedmaster 38mm has long been a favourite for ladies of style worldwide, and its sophisticated versatility continues in 2020. In fact, in all models it becomes apparent: OMEGA’s novelties pay respect to the past, yet shed a nuanced, bright light towards a new decade for design language and technical innovation.
The OMEGA Speedmaster 38mm Green Ref: 3188.8.131.52.02.004 is priced at THB 519,000. The OMEGA Speedmaster 38 mm Green diamond set Ref: 3184.108.40.206.02.004 is priced at THB 626,000. The OMEGA Speedmaster 38mm Taupe-brown Ref: 3220.127.116.11.02.003 at THB 519,000. The OMEGA Speedmaster 38mm Taupe-brown diamond set Ref: 318.104.22.168.02.003 is priced at THB 629,000.