This year I was treated to a presentation of the latest Men’s collections of Omega watches by Jean-Claude Monochon, the Brand’s Vice President Product & Customer Service.
- Seamaster Aqua Terra by Omega
Perhaps the most aesthetically pleasing was the Seamaster Aqua Terra in stainless steel which is equipped with the Master Co-Axial chronometer movement and has a powerful blue dial decorated with ‘Teak Concept’ vertical lines. The facetted hands have diamond polished sides that contrast pleasantly with the combination of a brushed and polished case and the domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides for a better readability. The watch is water-resistant to 150 metres and comes in two sizes: 38.5 and 41.5 mm.
- Speedmaster Mark II by Omega
Another gem in the 2014 collection is the re-appearance of the Speedmaster Mark II, originally introduced way back in 1969. It is now equipped with the Co-Axial Calibre 3330 self-winding movement that has a silicone balance spring and a column-wheel chronograph mechanism.
There are the classic three sub-dials: 30-minutes at 3 o’clock, 12-hours at 6 o’clock and small seconds at 9 o’clock and it still has that flat scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with a transparent tachymetric scale illuminated by an aluminium ring coated with SuperLuminova. The dial is grey and has a fluorescent orange central chronograph seconds hand with matching minute track on the dial. The watch is water-resistant to 100 metres.
- Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 by Omega
And if you’re planning a trip to the moon in the near future, you could do a lot worse than kitting yourself out with the Limited Edition of the Speedmaster Professional Apollo 11 45th Anniversary model, a 42 mm brushed titanium watch with a ‘touch of gold’ around the bezel and on the hands and hour markers. The unusual feature of this classic is the 30-minute, 12-hour and small seconds sub-dials have been produced by laser thus eliminating the material surrounding the name, sub-dials and hour markers.
Equipped with a Calibre 1861 manual-winding movement, the watch is water-resistant to 50 metres – although I doubt you’ll find much water on this or the far side of the moon.