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An Omega is timed for extraordinary adventures on the earth, the moon and the outer space. ‘Mission 2010’ is not any different, writes Srirekha Pillai
It’s not everyday that one experiences history being made. Omega has been there, done that. A brand that has ‘watched over’ historical moments, Omega gave the expression ‘over the moon’ a new meaning when it participated in two extra-terrestrial missions, clearly defining its ‘space’ in the world of watches. While it became the first-ever watch to enter the lunar atmosphere (Buzz Aldrin was wearing an Omega Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch as part of the Apollo 11 mission);Omega also clocked a historical moment on July 17, 1975, when Generals Thomas P Stafford (Apollo) and Alexei Leonov (Soyuz), both wearing Omega Speedmasters, shook hands to signal a new era in space co-operation. Omega Speedmaster Professional Apollo-Soyuz ‘35th Anniversary’ chronograph, unveiled at Basel World 2010, celebrates this momentous occasion in the annals of mankind with a limited edition of 1975 watches. The dial, sculpted from a meteorite, is just right for a watch which has been part of space jaunts for a long time. At Basel World 2010, Omega took each of their legendary line – Constellation, De Ville, Seamaster and Speedmaster – forward with new models. Strap up, as we take you through ‘Mission 2010’.
The Constellation Double Eagle watches have long celebrated Omega’s close relationship with the game of golf. The Double Eagle is a robust watch for all seasons, with its screw-in case helping to guarantee water resistance to 100 metres (330 feet, 10 bar), but it is as fashionable as it is sporty.
This year, the popular line is extended with the introduction of the Omega Constellation Double Eagle Co-Axial 4-Counters. This stunning watch is powered by Omega’s Co-Axial calibre 3890 and is a COSC-certified chronometer.
Four counters or sub-dials are appealingly arranged in a staggered row across the dial. From left to right, they feature the small seconds, a seven-day counter, a 12-hour counter and a 30-minute counter. Just above the centre of the watch is a window which shows the day of the week.
Like the other members of the family, the Constellation Double Eagle 4-Counters has a sporty dial in matt black with contrasting counters. The stainless steel Double Eagle 4-Counters has an integrated black rubber strap with a satin-brushed stainless steel foldover clasp.
The attention to detail in the design of the Double Eagle 4-Counters is reflected by its 18 Ct white gold facetted hour markers, facetted and truncated Dauphine hands, and applied Omega symbol and name.
A date window at 6 o’clock completes the dial, which is protected by a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The screw-in transparent sapphire crystal case back reveals Omega’s revolutionary Co-Axial movement. The Double Eagle 4-Counters is equipped with a black aluminium bezel with silver Arabic numerals.
The Constellation Double Eagle 4-Counters blends rugged performance and reliability with a distinctive flair – this is a watch which is equally at home on the course or on the town. And the dramatic arrangement of four counters on the dial reminds you: this is an Omega!
The Omega Skeleton Central Tourbillon Co-Axial Platinum Limited Edition is the ultimate expression of the watchmaker’s art. Each watch is handcrafted in Omega’s Cellule Haut de Gamme in Bienne by a select group of horologists.
In a Tourbillon movement, all of the main components responsible for the timepiece’s precision are assembled in a rotating cage. Omega is the only watchmaker ever to have created an automatic central Tourbillon. Its titanium cage rotates completely every 60 seconds, offsetting the effect of gravity on the performance of the watch.
The Skeleton Tourbillon Co-Axial Platinum Limited Edition combines the complex Tourbillon technology with dazzling design elements. The movement has a luxurious sun-brushed and circular graining finish with an anthracite galvanic processing; its bridges and mechanisms are hand polished. The rotor with its sapphire plate has been newly designed and metallised with the words ‘Limited Edition’ and the watch’s individual serial number (out of 18). The Central Tourbillon’s hands are gold metallised onto sapphire crystal disks and propelled by gearing at the peripheries of the disks. The result is dramatic – they appear to float freely above the movement.
Unlike products from conventional workshops, each Tourbillon is the work of one watchmaker who spends up to 540 hours on the creation of the skeletonised version of the watch. This means that every Skeletonised Central Tourbillon is unique – no two are exactly alike. Only 18 pieces of this Skeletonised Tourbillon Co-Axial Platinum Limited Edition will be produced.
The outstanding chronometric performance of Omega’s exclusive Co-Axial calibre 2636 is enhanced by state-of-the-industry escapement. The complex movement is assembled from 320 individual parts. While the Skeletonised Central Tourbillon watches are accurate – each one is a COSC-certified chronometer – they are also valued for the beauty and complexity of the Tourbillon mechanism.