Omega has generated numerous iconic timepieces over the years, including perhaps the planet’s most famed chronograph, known around the world as the Omega Moonwatch. Here are models at available prices* for both seasoned and new collectors. Launched in 1957, the Speedmaster is synonymous with spaceflight and experience. Like many great icons, the design has changed little over the decades, meaning that today, the Moonwatch is known all over the world. It features a distinctive black dial coated by a hesalite crystal with signature thin hour and second hands, a tiny seconds subdial, 30-minute and 12-hour recorders, plus a characteristic central chronograph seconds hand. The black bezel, with its tachymeter scale, is mounted onto a 42-mm stainless steel case that’s water-resistant to 50 meters.
In the center of the chronograph is Omega’s mechanical caliber 1861. Though this hand-wound motion was updated several times through the years, it remains essentially the same as the one which pushed the timepieces that accompanied NASA astronauts on six trips to the moon. The Moonwatch is available on a strap or a necklace. Each watch is provided with a special presentation box which includes two extra straps a”NATO” strap and a black Velcro strap. Also included are a tool to alter the straps, a Speedmaster loupe, and a book highlighting the experiences of the Speedmaster.
The Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional is priced from $5,250, making it a really great value among new chronographs. For more on the history of the Speedmaster Moonwatch, click here. The Constellation offers Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial motion.
Omega launched the Constellation household in 1952, though in the USA, the collection was originally known by the name Globemaster, due to a trademark conflict that has been solved in 1956. The dome of the Geneva Observatory functioned as the family crest, as Omega had just broken its precision timekeeping record there the prior calendar year. The cupola has been surrounded by eight celebrities representing Omega’s greatest chronometric accomplishments at the world’s observatories, such as the 1931″clean sweep” in the Observatory of Geneva where Omega broke the record for precision in each class. This watch introduced the four now-familiar”griffes,” or claws at 3 and 9 o’clock, which originally held the sapphire crystal in place and helped make sure the watch remained watertight.
In 2007, Omega introduced its own proprietary Co-Axial calibers with fresh and unique escapements offering less friction, higher mechanical efficiency, and excellent chronometric performance with time. The functioning of the new escapement is that each Omega timepiece fitted with a Co-Axial grade is a COSC-certified chronometer delivered with a full four-year guarantee, which is one of the best in the company for a mechanical timepiece. The exclusive movement is housed in a 38 mm case with a sapphire caseback and
The Seamaster Aqua Terra is a strong timepiece using clean, distinctive lines. The dials of the Aqua Terra 150 M collection recall the beautiful wooden decks located on the best luxury sailboats. The case shown below includes a lacquered silver dial decorated with an Teak Concept pattern. The stainless steel 41.5-mm instance holds the very best feature: an Omega Master Co-Axial caliber 8500 COSC-certified chronometer movement that’s specially made to resistant magnetic fields larger than 15,000 gauss. Unlike most antimagnetic watches, the Aqua Terra’s movement can be considered through a transparent caseback.
Many brands offer mechanical watches with motions protected by antimagnetic internal instances. Omega improves on that layout by fashioning key movement components from non-ferrous materials, making the movement itself impervious to magnetic fields. This feature is particularly important today, as we encounter magnets more than from tablet and smartphone instances to briefcase closures and refrigerator doors.
Audemars Piguet’s Royal Oak series is one of the most recognisable in the world. Its bold octagonal face has as many incarnations as it does admirers, and in this year’s SIHH show it added several new faces to its line up which show a true sense of innovation from one of the world’s leading watch brands. Launched in 1993, the larger, sportier Royal Oak Offshore celebrates its 20th anniversary this season, and to mark the event, Audemars Piguet has established the Royal Oak Offshore Grande Complication – a stunning timepiece that combines three”classic” complications: a split-seconds chronograph, a minute repeater and a perpetual calendar. Audemars Piguet has been producing high complications since 1882, but that is the first time that the Royal Oak Offshore was graced with a Grande Complication. The motion – created and constructed entirely by hand in the house’s ateliers – is the Calibre 2885, that includes an impressive 648 parts, visible through the facial skin and via the sapphire glass caseback window. A conventional movement in a daring, confident human anatomy, this highly limited timepiece is available in either pink gold or titanium, with only 3 pieces being made in each finish.
Several other Royal Oak Offshore models also made their debut at the SIHH 2013: the Chronograph along with the Diver. The Chronograph 44mm is a first for this particular collection, the only Offshore to feature an all-ceramic case and bezel in a brushed-satin finish. Pairing a ceramic construct together with all the Royal Oak Offshore gives it a strong – and highly durable – aesthetic. Ceramic is far harder than steel, and it would take the hardness of a diamond to sully its surface. The Diver 42mm is also fitted with a black ceramic case and bezel, plus easy-grip crowns for sub-aquatic use. To improve underwater readability, a luminescent orange hand was fitted over its black dial, which bears the traditional’Méga Tapisserie’ design. This matches with the zone between 12 and 3 o’clock on the rotating inner bezel ring. Designed for that discerning of Audemars Piguet watches admirers, it’s motivated by a 1920s cushion-shaped pocket-watch from the brand’s private museum. As moment repeaters go, its has the excess benefit on its rivals – very literally. The harmonious balance of light and hard materials contained inside the 47mm titanium case gives the ultimate acoustic performance. This hand-wound second repeater view, with tourbillon, chronograph and tiny seconds at 6 o’clock, will be generated in two 10-piece limited editions, one in pink and white gold, another in titanium and white gold.
As its renowned”winged hourglass” emblem would imply, aviation has played an important role in the history of Longines. As early as 1919, the St Imier-based company was the official supplier to the International Aeronautical Federation, letting it create the highly precise and reliable navigation equipment used by intrepid flyers to place some of the earliest distance and endurance records. It’s a background Longines recognises in restricted re-editions of its heritage bits, but today the brand is starting a new collection — Spirit — motivated by, rather than purely based on, those celebrated models. For instance, at 1932 Amelia Earhart wore a Longines Chronograph when she became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic, a journey that lasted 14 hours and 56 minutes.
Six decades later, Howard Hughes’ circumnavigation of the globe (in three days, 19 hours and 14 minutes) was timed by the company. Crew members wore Longines chronometer watches and a Longines Sidérograph — a device used to pinpoint location using the celebrities — was also onboard. Whilst featuring the latest proprietary technologies, the antecedents of this collection are nevertheless very clear. Drawing on a number of the recognised features of a classic pilot’s watch, such as oversize crown, large”baton” style hands and daring dial fonts, the newest models — three hand/calendar models in 40mm and 42mm instances (from ￡1,650) and a 42mm chronograph watches — feature self-winding COSC-certified moves delivering 64 and 60 hours respectively.
Other contemporary elements incorporate a multilayer antireflective coating applied to either side of their vintage-style box sapphire plus a choice of matte black, grained silver and sunray blue dials, all of which feature Longines’ characteristic five stars representing their chronometer status.
The Villeret collection is among Blancpain’s earliest treasures. Its elegant exoskeleton houses classical time-telling display, with its Roman chapter ring, double-stepped bezel and conservative dial layout that’s remained overwhelmingly unchanged since its beginning. The group has seen its fair share of complications like moonphases and tourbillons, but the newest is a Villeret GMT that’s a very welcome addition.
Powered from the automatic-winding 5A50 motion, it displays a second time-zone that sits at a slightly recessed ring within the periphery, gestured with a red-tipped arrow. The clean dress watch is available from 18k red gold and steel variations, in alligator strap or mille mailles bracelet. For the ladies watches, the Villeret conveys a brand new date version with features that accentuate the femininity of the timepiece. In the Villeret Women Date, the date displays through an oval aperture at 3 o’clock, using a ribbon redesign that is more cursive. Both the steel and red gold versions incorporate a brilliant diamond setting, with 48 across the bezel and the following 8 to the hour markers, which pitted against white and opaline dials. An automatic-winding 1151 calibre sits inside the 33.2millimeter case, and gives an outstanding 4-day power book. In addition to the options of either an alligator strap or complete bracelet, the watches also include the stylistic addition of a kit that includes five interchangeable wristbands.
Fans of the brand could be familiar withBlancpain’sconquest of the seven seas, together with numerous homage and editions specializing in the Fifty Fathoms. Reviving the era of the golden age of flying, Blancpain reissues the Air Command that could arguably be a replica of the first. The 2019 version keeps the all-black dial, bezel, and totalisers, the latter which are now 30-minute and 12-hour counters. Also beneath the box sapphire crystal are”old radium”-kind SuperLuminova? About the numerals, indicators and hands to replicate the outdated lume of vintage timepieces. One of the requests for the first chronograph to be made was that it needed to be equipped with a flyback purpose; a non-stop reset and restart. This then is not absent from the F388B, which is match with a column-wheel vertical and system clutch for easy time dimension. The motion is visible through the sapphire caseback, which can be wound automatically via a thematic propeller-shaped oscillating weight. The new Air Controller is sized at 42.5mm at a stainless steel and also dressed in a brown leather strap with contrasting stitching, and made from a limit of 500 pieces.