OMEGA – SPEEDMASTER AUTOMATIC
WHEN ORANGE JAZZES BLACK UP
The Bienne-based watchmaker has sped powerfully into 2017 and presents us with its new perfectly-tuned, black and orange-adorned time-keeping opus.
Omega’s Speedmaster collection is a treasure chest of iconic timepieces, like the legendary Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch – whose ceramic variations have been an outstanding hit – and other ever-so seductively-designed models like the Speedmaster ’57, the Speedmaster Racing and the Speedmaster Mark II. The design of the latter’s dual-level minute tracker, originally created in 1968, has integrated the new Speedmaster Automatic.
As its name suggests, the Speedmaster Automatic is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement. The calibre 9900 – which already beats inside quite a few Seamaster Planet Ocean – hosts a co-axial escapement and has been granted METAS certification (Swiss Federal Office for Metrology), which confirms that the watch underwent a battery of resistance, sealing and precision tests and passed with flying colours. This calibre 9900 breathes life into the time, calendar and chronograph functions and offers around 60 hours’ autonomy.
The Speedmaster Automatic case, housing this engine, is designed in steel and has a diameter of 44.25 mm. It is topped with a black ceramic bezel that boasts a Liquidmetal® tachymetric scale. This celebrated yet atypical minute tracker runs around the black dial flange. The hour chapter comprises luminescent arrow-shaped white gold indexes. The hours and minutes are displayed in the centre by two bright orange-varnished hands, a colour that also adorns the small second hand (at 9 o’clock) and the squares crowing the indexes. It is also used on the tip of the chronograph’s white direct-drive; the chronograph hours and minutes are clustered in a totalizer (at 3 o’clock) and are equipped with white hands. The date ticks over at the bottom of the dial at 6 o’clock.
Omega’s new model is proposed with a black leather, punch-patterned strap, lined with orange rubber.
Price: CHF 8,400
By Sharmila Bertin