This year points the 15th commemoration of perhaps the most prudent yet alluring assortments in the Omega portfolio, the Seamaster Aqua Terra. To praise the event, Omega have somewhat revived the old style model (3-hand and date rendition), by giving it some more current subtleties, with new Master Chronometer developments just as new dial varieties. However, this 2017 assortment will likewise incorporate a more complex and exceptionally lavish piece, with a remarkable complication for the Biel-based brand; a Worldtimer – and this Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer debuts in an extremely restricted strong platinum edition…
With all due regard to Omega, complications are not carefully talking their claim to fame. Obviously, we’ve seen interminable schedules made during the 1990s (included in the Louis Brandt collection), some yearly schedules (as seen on the Globemaster, the past Aqua Terra assortment or the De Ville Hour Vision) and obviously some tourbillon watches (Omega even had the patent for the halfway mounted tourbillon and, as an update, was the principal watch-production to make a tourbillon wristwatch, with the 1947 type 301). In any case, these watches remain very narrative compared to the remainder of the creation, including jump watches and chronographs. Omega are known for their games watches, for the Speedmaster, for their exact and now against attractive developments , yet less for utilizing conventional complications in their watches. Consequently, the watch that we are introducing today, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer, is all in all a surprise.
Don’t misunderstand us though… It’s not on the grounds that Omega can’t have some expertise in complications that they actually don’t do it. Truth be told, accomplishing to industrialize a development that opposes attractive fields more than 15,000-gauss and with prevalent chronometric exactness unquestionably is substantially more requesting than making a showcase of the 24 principle time-regions around the planet. A World-Time show is, all things considered, a notable complication… So there presumably that Omega can – and did – make such a watch. What’s more, to check the appearance of this new model, with its spic and span development (or if nothing else the module on top), Omega will initially dispatch a super rich restricted release, in just 87 pieces, with strong platinum all around – unquestionably before this Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer advances to gold and perhaps steel versions.
For this Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer, Omega utilizes the old style case that made the collection successful since 2002: a smooth plan, combining an even shape, a cleaned and level bezel and the mark contorted carries (that authorities have named lyre lugs). This case may be basic yet it remains extremely easy to recognize as Omega. It is introduced here in a very enormous 43mm width case and created in 950 platinum. Because of this enormous measurement/platinum combination, the watch is on the substantial side however fortunately comes on a calfskin tie, with a platinum collapsing clasp adjusting the weight all around the wrist. Note that the crown is in the vein of the 2017 standard assortment , with another conelike shape and, common for this assortment, the case is water impervious to 150m.
The primary fascination on this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer is, obviously, its showcase – it is in reality Omega’s first historically speaking Worldtimer. The Worldtimer is a traditional complication that permits having every one of the 24 primary time-regions around the planet showed on the double on a dial. It is composed of generally 3 components: a city ring on the outskirts (which shows 24 huge urban communities), a focal world guide (to have a topographical portrayal of the time regions around the globe) lastly a 24-hour circle that pivots over the course of the day, and pointing the real time it is in the 24 urban communities showed. The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer combines these features.
The external ring of the dial is produced using strong, sandblasted platinum (see the little etching “Pt950” between the 4 and 5 markers), with level lines that review the old style teak example of the Aqua Terra assortment. Records and hands are done in 18k yellow gold, both covered with white iridescent paint. The records have a more profound and more honed profile than on the standard Aqua Terra watches, yet their style is steady with the remainder of the assortment. Hands and lists are facetted, with cleaned sides and brushed level surfaces. A date window sits at 6, somewhat recessed all things considered under the Worldtimer module. The city ring portrays principle worldwide objections, which are imprinted in red (GMT), dark (+1h in summer) or blue (places without sunshine investment funds). A little detail to note is the GMT+1 city, which ordinarily peruses Paris however here Omega decided to print Bienne (French for Biel, where Omega’s central command are found). The 24-hour ring is traditional, with day-time on a white back ground and evening time on a dull blue background.
The focal world guide on this Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer is additionally very uncommon. It is made with a sapphire gem plate, whereupon the guide has been hand-created in polish. The whole presentation is constrained by the crown (no pushers or recessed catches in the caseband) and is fueled by the type 8939. In view of the 89xx arrangement, this development shares the twin-barrel for a more extended force save (60 hours) and a more steady conveyance of the force. The co-pivotal escapement is, obviously, essential for the bundle. It is a Master Chronometer development, implying that it’s chronometer affirmed by METAS and offers a monstrous protection from attractive fields. The improvement is old style for the brand, with arabesque Geneva stripes, and gold rotor and equilibrium connect (as on numerous Omega watches in valuable metal).
The Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Limited Edition In Platinum (ref. 220.127.116.11.99.001) will be accessible at Omega stores and retailers in December 2017, valued at US$48,600 and just 87 pieces in this setup will be finished. Consider it as a collector’s piece or a commemorative watch, before Omega most likely will present more open renditions. More subtleties on omegawatches.com .
Technical Specifications – Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer
- Case: 43mm measurement – cleaned and brushed 950 platinum – sapphire gem on the two sides – screwed crown and caseback – 150m water resistance
- Movement: Calibre 8939, in-house, Master Chronometer guaranteed – co-hub escapement – programmed – 25,200vph recurrence – 60h force hold – hours, minutes, seconds, date, world-timer
- Dial: strong sandblasted platinum, focal guide in lacquer covered sapphire crystal
- Strap: light earthy colored croc tie, platinum collapsing catch – 21mm carry width
- Reference: 18.104.22.168.99.001
- Availability: 87-piece restricted version, accessible in December 2017
- Price: US$48,600