Glashütte Original

When nature sinks into snow-white silence, winter has arrived. And in this thoughtful time of year it comes to us again, that incomparable yearning for places that enchant us. For people who warm our hearts. And for moments that make us happy. Two exceptional timepieces from Glashütte Original participate in the magic of this cold time of year. With cool elegance and the rich traditions of the German art of watchmaking, the Senator Cosmopolite, in shining stainless steel, and the sparkling PanoMatic Luna cast a spell on their admirers.

Multi-facetted and borderless: the Senator Cosmopolite
As richly facetted as an ice crystal, the Senator Cosmopolite proves the perfect companion for every journey. The timepiece represents uncompromising precision, whether leading its wearer home to a crackling fire, or to sun-splashed lands far away. Its sophisticated mechanics display the time of day in two time zones at once – taking Standard and Daylight Saving Time into account – in any of the world time zones currently in use. At its heart is the manufactory’s 89-02 automatic movement, a 4-Hz masterpiece assembled by hand from more than 400 individual components, with an off-centre rotor and a 72-hour power reserve.

This year’s new stainless steel model with dark blue Louisiana alligator leather strap is the latest version to join the Senator Cosmopolite line, which debuted in 2015. Executed in the characteristic style of Glashütte Original, the clear design is reduced to its most essential elements. The dial design and layout of the displays make it a pleasure to check the time, even when it’s icy cold outside.

Wintry colours – dark blue and white with detail accents in black – determine the overall look of the watch. An auxiliary dial framed in silver at 12 o’clock presents the home time and integrated power reserve. The characteristic Glashütte Original Panorama Date is at 4 o’clock, while two narrow windows at 8 o’clock are set harmoniously within the curve of the dial.

They use IATA international airport codes in three colours to indicate the traveller’s destination. The 24 time zones that deviate from GMT by a full hour are each represented by an IATA code in black; an additional 8 with half-hour deviations present codes in blue, and the remaining three, each with a three-quarter hour offset from GMT, show an IATA code in red. Positioned at 9 o’clock is the newly designed day/night display with a small sun and stylised starry night sky.

Like an ice-covered lake in the winter sun: the sparkling PanoMatic Luna
Heavenly details are also the source of the PanoMatic Luna’s fascination. Its refined mother- of-pearl dial recalls a frozen lake mirroring the clear winter sky. The beguiling, shimmering face of the watch is the product of elaborate hand-crafting in Glashütte Original’s own in- house dial manufactory in Pforzheim, Germany. The Panorama Date at 4 o’clock and the intriguing moon phase at 2 o’clock, in which a diamond-cut silvery moon and stars shine from the night sky, also reveal the hand of the artist. The big date, although a characteristic feature of Glashütte Original, remains a rarity in a mechanical ladies’ watch.

83 diamonds totalling 1.09 carats lend the PanoMatic Luna the brilliance of ice crystals in the winter sun. Precisely 64 white brillant-cut diamonds adorn the finely polished, 39.4-mm stainless steel case. An additional 18 brillant-cut diamonds on the dial’s rod indexes take up this brilliance in an elegant fashion. The glittering ensemble is topped off by a large, 3 mm brilliant-cut diamond on the winding crown. A light blue Louisiana alligator leather strap with pin buckle echoes the heavenly blue of the dial and rounds off the timepiece, which features the manufactory’s 90-12 automatic movement, with subtle grace.

Vestiaire Collective | Anna Dello Russo

Vestiaire Collective is pleased to announce a collaboration with Anna Dello Russo to mark the fourth instalment of The Archive Series. Fashion Icon, Creative Consultant and Vogue Editor, Anna has selected 38 unique pieces from her personal jewellery archive to sell on vestiairecollective.com, the leading global marketplace for premium and luxury pre-owned fashion.

Currently Editor At Large for Vogue Japan, Anna’s fashion career spans over 30 years including 18 years at Conde Nast Italia where she worked as a fashion stylist for Vogue Italia and Creative Director for L’Uomo Vogue. Describing herself as an avid collector and a passionate fashionista Anna has been collecting jewellery for over 30 years; “Accessories allow you to play with fashion and to give new life to what you already have in your wardrobe. Wear a necklace, a bracelet, and earrings, hold a clutch and top it all off with a hat, and everything becomes new”. Anna’s values perfectly mirror the ethos of Vestiaire Collective, encouraging consumers to breathe new life into pre-owned fashion through re-use and resale. Christmas is a particularly wasteful time of the year as shoppers head to the high-street to purchase gifts for loved ones. The collaboration is ideally timed for shoppers looking for a sustainable option to finish their Christmas party look or for a special unique gift.

   Shop Anna Dello Russo’s exclusive jewellery archive edit from 15th November 2018 at  vestiairecollective.com.

CHANEL’s QUILTING EXPRESSED IN JEWELLERY OBSESSION

In the inventive universe of Gabrielle Chanel an array of distinctive shapes and motifs stand out, from her favourite flower, the camellia, to the powerful comet and the playful ribbon. Ever the innovator, Chanel seized upon familiar items in her remarkable life, transforming them into graphic statements to adorn clothes and accessories that caught the imagination of women throughout the decades, creating design icons that have stood the test of time.

One of the patterns and textures she loved and elevated to the realm of couture was quilting. She first become enamoured with the tactile design in the early 1900s when she visited the stables of her friend Etienne Balsan, a horse owner and breeder. Mademoiselle would ride – chicly attired, of course, in jodphurs, a white shirt, jaunty tie and wide-brimmed hat – making note of the comfortable, padded quilting commonly used in the equestrian world for saddle cloths, horse blankets and grooms’ jackets.

Quilting debuted on the CHANEL runway in the 1920s. The famed couturier employed it initially as a textural contrast for linings, collars and cuffs, and then designed matelassé dresses and robes. In November 1924 Vogue magazine highlighted “one of Chanel’s flights of fancy: dress fronts in shiny quilted silk.” The diamond checquerboard print also popped up in collections in the 1930s.

There are even Chanel quilted cushions, though they are not for sale. These were custom-stitched to complement the large beige suede sofa Mademoiselle ordered in the 1930s for her Paris apartment; they remain there to this day.

Once Gabrielle Chanel had given specific instructions to the craftsman she entrusted with the task, Mr Monnot,“Stitch it all over so that it stays.” She didnot refer to her fabric as ‘quilted’.Fitted with a chain strap, the material was turned into the forerunner of the famed 2.55, coveted by fashionable ladies since its launch in February 1955.

Quilting has become an integral part of the CHANEL style, the tweed jacket, shoes, the frames of sunglasses, even in eyeshadow palettes and is the inspiration for the Matelassé watch launched in 1993. Later, it also entered the world of CHANEL Fine Jewellery featuring lines of twinkling pavé stones in the place of the stitches on a golden framework, or set with another house icon, pearls.

In 2015, another quilt-inspired Fine Jewellery collection is launched, COCO CRUSH. Simplicity itself, the collection is born from the spirit of modernity and refinement that Gabrielle Chanel, as she went horseback riding in the bloom of her youth, would instil in high fashion, changing the way women have adorned and carried themselves for more than a century.

In 2018, the quilted motif is expressed into a series of pendant with generous and feminine lines that are made to be worn every day.

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OMEGA | The New Constellation “Manhattan”

It was an evening of true star quality, as OMEGA launched its new Constellation “Manhattan” collection at a special event in Shanghai. Hosted at the city’s dazzling Expo I–Pavilion, the celebrations introduced a full makeover for the iconic Constellation timepieces and also brought four of OMEGA’s most inspirational women to the stage.

Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, Alessandra Ambrosio and Liu Shishi arrived as the glamorous guests of honour for the evening – each representing the beauty, sophistication and excellence that the Constellation collection is known for.

Standing alongside the four OMEGA ambassadors was Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA, who said, “The Constellation has always been admired by women all around the world. No matter the country, it has appealed to ladies of all backgrounds and styles. To celebrate that spirit, we’ve been lucky to have not one, but four of our closest friends here together. Having Nicole, Cindy, Shishi and Alessandra at one single event shows how much love there is for the Constellation.”

The Constellation collection has long been OMEGA’s symbol of unrivalled precision and elegance in watchmaking. It was the “Manhattan” design in 1982 that introduced the modern look and today’s new collection has enhanced many of the most famous features. More than 100 new models will be made available to customers, each of them with subtle updates including bevelled edges for a refined feminine look, slender bezels and the iconic “claws”, which now fit more snugly to the case. More dial colours and case sizes have also been created, including watches in 25 mm, 28 mm and 29 mm.

Stepping inside the venue, it was clear for guests to see the evening’s inspiration, with an exquisite backdrop of white and gold that mirrored the “Manhattan” skyline. Amongst the many shapes and textures, the new timepieces were on display and ready for a close-up look.

Cindy Crawford has a very unique connection to the Constellation, as she was part of the collection’s redesign in 1995. Speaking in Shanghai, she said, “I’ve now seen this collection evolve over the past several decades and I’m always impressed by OMEGA’s new designs. It’s such a classic watch, yet these new models prove just how relevant it remains today.”

Alessandra Ambrosio, one of the world’s most recognised super-models, said, “I love fashion that is timeless. The Constellation is the perfect example. It has history and style, and it’s a watch that never loses its charm. That’s the sign of a truly great design.”

Nicole Kidman is another watch fan who knows OMEGA and the Constellation very well. Speaking to guests, she said, “I’ve known OMEGA a long time and they’re a brand that cares about quality and advancing their products. We can clearly see that in the Constellation. These watches are made especially for women and they have been able to adapt and change in the most subtle and elegant way.”

The Chinese actress, Liu Shishi, one of OMEGA’s newest ambassadors, said, “It’s my honour to welcome everyone here in my home country. It’s a privilege to be in Shanghai and to share the stage with such great women.”

The special evening concluded with a musical performance by the pianist Stephen Ridley as well as the revelation of OMEGA’s new Constellation advertising campaign. The imagery, shot by renowned photographer Damon Baker, features Cindy, Nicole, Alessandra and Liu Shishi, all together in one powerful and beautiful portrait.

For the evening, Cindy, Nicole, Alessandra and Shishi each wore a model from the new Constellation “Manhattan” Jewellery Collection. These 28 mm timepieces are distinguished by their dials made from Australian white opal. The hours are marked by 12 baguette-cut ruby indexes – beautifully matching the red dresses worn by the OMEGA ambassadors.

Moda Operandi Launches the Audemars Piguet X Carolina Bucci

Moda Operandi is the first retailer to launch the new Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Frosted Gold Carolina Bucci Limited Edition watch. You can order this new Audemars Piguet limited edition watch by Italian Jewellery designer Carolina Bucci on Moda Operandi before anyone else.

The creative partnership of Audemars Piguet and Italian jewellery designer Carolina Bucci delivers another surprise with this eponymous 37mm limited edition Royal Oak in yellow gold. The shiny, silver-toned mirror, framed with the shimmering sparkle of a Frosted Gold case and bracelet, replaces the trademark “Tapisserie” Royal Oak dial. Described by its designer as “rebellious” in character, this is an attention-grabbing piece, made in the image of a contemporary woman: spontaneous, true-to-life and totally unapologetic.

Carolina Bucci’s original 2016 Frosted Gold design celebrated 40 years of Royal Oak for women. With this limited edition of 300 pieces, her design evolves in new directions. For the first time, the “diamond dust” finish appears in yellow gold—the designer’s favourite version of this precious metal. There’s novelty in the packaging as well, with a mirrored box bearing a Frosted Gold AP insignia. This mirrored box is also designed by Carolina Bucci, who believes in pulling out luxury watch packaging from the back of the closet to put it on display.

Chairwoman of Audemars Piguet’s Board of Directors, Jasmine Audemars is an established fan of Frosted Gold and has been wearing the first edition 37mm selfwinding model since 2016. For her, “the creativity behind the Frosted Gold watch is simply amazing. It is both art and a very high level of technology. With Carolina Bucci, we created a kind of masterpiece.” She sees the new limited edition with its mirrored dial as “the final touch:” “It’s unique and fun. Who needs a selfie when you can look at yourself in your watch?”

Chaumet – Joséphine Fantasia

“Joséphine”, the iconic Chaumet collection, has been reinvented, playing with colour, re-enchanting pearls and giving a place to fantasies for every hour and desire. From amethyst and citrine, to peridot, aquamarine and rhodolite garnet, the tones of gemstones combine in joyous compositions with diamonds and pearls. Here everything is legend, each piece in the collection whispering the story of an exceptional woman of yesterday to today.

 

“The soul” of the collection

Exiled from Martinique to Europe, a prisoner of the Revolution, divorced, widowed, devoted mother, lover of the First Consul, Empress of France, divorced once more, and a respected botanist, Joséphine’s life has all the makings of a novel. “Neither completely the one, nor entirely another,” she assumed her various responsibilities with brio, faithfully remaining true to the French art de vivre that characterized her relationship with the world.

 

An imperial inspiration

An 18th-century aristocrat, Joséphine retained memories of life on tropical islands. As Empress, she reinvented the codes of fashion and taste, popularizing her own vision of elegance.

Emboldened by a sense of liberation melding nature and happiness, inspired by the thinking of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, she cast off conventions and corsets, adopting the lightness of voiles, the theatricality of tulles and the transparency of chiffons. Layering and stacking pearls, diamonds, materials and motifs, she invented looks that became essential for the “jet set” of the time. From necklaces and rings, to brooches, earrings, châtelaines, hair ornaments and so on, these “accessories” became precious parures that could be worn depending on the circumstance, inventing the modernity of a fashion adaptable to any moment.

A setting for nature

Joséphine’s wardrobe was a mixture of dazzling and delicate hues. In order to capture the subtle tones of a rose or an orchid, the freshness of an hydrangea, or to evoke the celestial blue of an agapanthus, she had tulles embroidered, layered chiffons and transformed her dresses into living paintings.

Having been born on Martinique, she possessed a love of all things maritime. Her passion for iridescent oriental pearls came from her nostalgia for the ocean, for nature both wild and refined, nourishing her taste for antiquity.

Her highly singular way of melding styles, moving from classical to pastoral, combining land and sea, mixing and matching, and personalizing her bold gestures, represents a modernity that seems very contemporary to our own time.

 

The passion of love

Joséphine invented a modern couple in a time of momentous change, practicing an utterly unprecedented lifestyle à deux. From her wedding until her death, she never ceased loving and caring about Napoléon, the man of her life. Her desire to make a success of her “blended family”, the attention she paid to the education and the future of her children, as well as her embrace of the “clan” composed of an enlarged family circle of nephews and nieces, makes such an unusual level of intimacy very similar to the reality of today’s families.

INTRODUCING THE OMEGA SPEEDMASTER LIMITED EDITION

When the OMEGA Speedmaster “Day-Date” was created more than 20 years ago, it featured an intriguing dial design and colour coding that has made a lasting impression on watch fans ever since.

In tribute to that unique Speedmaster, OMEGA is now releasing a special Limited Edition model that reimagines the same classic look.

The new 39.70 mm chronograph is being launched in partnership with the leading watch magazine and tastemaker HODINKEE, which is celebrating its 10thanniversary this year. HODINKEE founder, Ben Clymer, has a particularly strong connection to the original Speedmaster “Day-Date”, as it was a meaningful gift from his grandfather and the very model that ignited his passion for watches.

Speedmaster fans will notice that this is not an exact re-creation. While the triple calendar complication is no longer featured, there are many other familiar touches that recall the original design.

Firstly, the grey/blue dial includes a distinctive minute track as well as luminous Arabic numerals. The black and blue subdial at 9 o’clock is perhaps the most essential part of the “Day-Date” tribute. Originally featured as a day/night indicator, it has now been transformed into a useful function indicator with a propeller-shaped hand.

As well as including black and white hour/minute hands, the central seconds hand is varnished red and includes a yellow airplane tip (a recognisable feature from the “Day-Date” model that has been seen on several Speedmaster designs since the 1970s).

The watch is presented on a grey/blue leather strap, with a stainless steel case that includes a black aluminium bezel and the Speedmaster’s famous tachymeter scale. On the caseback, OMEGA has embossed its Seahorse medallion and added a number of engravings, including “HODINKEE” and “10thAnniversary.” Inside, the watch is driven by the legendary OMEGA Calibre 1861.

The new Speedmaster is limited to just 500 pieces and all models will be sold exclusively through the HODINKEE website and in OMEGA Boutiques within the USA.

Customers who secure their model will receive the watch in a special presentation box with an additional grey NATO strap and changing tool.

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The lineSport collection broadens with the new Chronographe Monopoussoir Rattrapante is available in 3 versions : one in Platinum PT 950, one in 18k red Gold and one in Titanium grade 5. The case of 44 mm diameter and 12 mm thick encloses the new monopoussoir split second chronograph  movement with a very large date. It is made in 18K rose Gold for the Platinum and the red Gold versions and in Aluminium alloy for the Titanium version.

The precious metal bracelets are assorted to their respective case. Two new bracelets in Platinum and red Gold with matte finishing have been developed while the Titanium bracelet is identical to the existing lineSport version. Rubber inserts are fixed on the case and the bracelet links to protect the watch from frictions on smooth surface like bumpers of ancient automobiles.

The links attached to the case are also articulated to adapt to the different wrist sizes with an adjustable folding clasp in length of approximately 5 mm.

This Chronograph features a power reserve of 80 hours making it possible to efficiently use the chronograph with the rattrapante function after 2 days and a very large date in a window of 5.20 x 2.80 mm provides an increased readability.

For each of the 3 versions, a dial of a different colour :

For the Platinum model, a blue-mauve colour silver guilloche dial with appliques numerals in matte white Gold, 2 Silver chronograph counters and matte rhodied hands.

For the red Gold model a silver guilloche dial covered with Ruthenium and appliques numerals in matte red Gold, 2 Silver chronograph counters and matte 5N Golden hands.

For the Titanium model, a dial in Aluminum alloy of anthracite colour with appliques numerals with Superluminova, 2 chronograph counters in engraved sapphire and hands with Superluminova.

The tachymetric bezel inlaid with ceramic and the new typographic numerals are a reminder of  the Only Watch timepiece.

A rubber overmolded crown with 3 positions:

  • Position 1: winding – position 2: correction of the very large date – position 3 : time setting.

The pusher are made in the same metal as the case:

  • A pusher at 2h for the chronograph start, stop and back to zero functions.
  • A pusher at 4h for the rattrapante.

This new calibre 1518 with manual winding, conceived by F.P.Journe, is as usual entirely made in our Manufacture. F.P.Journe perpetuates the watchmaking tradition and maintains exclusive craftsmanship since every experienced watchmaker performs all the assembly stages from beginning to end, a unique case in the profession.

Inspired by the Chronograph made for Only Watch, this new movement features a chronograph direct gearing with a rocking pinion avoiding the jump of the hand at the start.

An important development was required to integrate the very large date in a total height of only 6.80 mm, a signature of the brand.

The magnificent finishing and decorations of the movement visible through a transparent sapphire back are one of the numerous qualities of F.P.Journe Haute Horology timepieces.

The chronograph and the split-second function: two related inventions

Early days of the chronograph

 Talking about the word chronograph, you will probably think of Nicolas-Matthieu Rieussec. And for good reason, since he invented, in 1822, the mechanism for “writing the time”, which derives its name from the Greek chronos andgraphô. Yet, summing up the history of the chronograph in this way would deprive you from the rest of this exciting story and the steps that led to the invention of the modern chronograph.

Even before contemplating to measure the time, instruments capable of displaying the time with extreme accuracy and to determine the seconds were needed. Research of astronomers, mathematicians and watchmakers is thus correlated. George Graham (1673-1751) seems to be the first to be interested in a mechanical solution for the division of seconds (theoretically 1/16 of a second) to then measure the duration of a phenomenon. Problems encountered: the device does not display the time and must be set to 0 and stopped manually.

The next step is the display of the independent second: an independent seconds-hand is incorporated on a mechanism displaying the time, by means of an additional gear train that allows displaying the time division(1/5 of a second for 18,000 vibrations per hour) with a start/stop function that does not influence on the watch functioning.

While Jean Romilly, Geneva watchmaker settled in Paris presented to the Royal Academy of Sciences a watch with repeater and off-centered seconds in 1758, Jean-Moïse Pouzait proposed in 1776 an independent dead bet second watch.

Scientists for whom measurement of time was associated with many of their experiences, were particularly seeking for precision instruments.

Louis Moinet, inspired by the work of astronomers and aware of their needs, offers in 1816 his version of a counter. This invention, which he named “compteur de tierces”, is described in his Traité d’Horlogerie of 1853 (Volume II, p. 430-431). With a seconds-hand showing the 1/60th, that is a balance wheel beating 216,000 vibrations per hour, we can easily imagine the difficulties associated with this counter: lubrication, premature wear, energy consumption, etc… It should be noted that in this same treaty he doesn’t hesitate to largely quote the works of his peers at the time.

Meanwhile, soldiers sought to give more precision to their shots with these precision instruments. The works signed by Breguet also contain “military counter to count the troops’ pace.” These devices beat 76 times per minute instead of 60 times. We find descriptions thereof starting 1819.

Lighter but just as strategic aspects, especially for bookmakers, led Rieussec to his invention that gave his name to the chronograph, used in horse racing: it included an enamel dial that turned on itself in 1 minute. On this enamel dial was painted a scale of seconds stringing under a system that placed a drop of ink when a button outside the box was operated . This watch was writing the time, thus the name derived from the Greek “Chronos”- the timeand “Graphô” – to writethat gave the name used today “chronograph”, that should not be confused with the chronometer, qualifying a precision timepiece.

The system was improved, including by the watchmaker Frédéric-Louis Fatton, student of Abraham Louis Breguet. His watch had a fixed dial and its seconds-hand had a small ink tank. This hand was fitted with a device connected to a button located outside the housing. By pressing this button, the hand deposited a fine drop of ink on the dial.

The report of the exhibition of French industry products of 1823 thus speaks about the work of Breguet and Rieussec. The latter received a bronze medal for his work.

As to the modern chronograph, Adolphe Nicole, from Vallée de Joux but practicing in London under the trade name Nicole & Capt, invented in 1862 the system that allowed rewinding the seconds-hand to its initial position after stopping it. It fitted his zero-reset mechanism with a heart-piece, a component still used nowadays.

Complication particularly sought for its functionality, the chronograph has continued to modernize up to our days. Extremely complex to implement, it requires great precision in its construction in order to provide an accurate reading of the time. Today, François Paul Journe is part of the lineage of the great watchmakers of the 18thcentury and contributes to progress with the launch single-button split-second chronograph.

The split-second function for a faithful reading of an interval

For a more precise and comfortable reading of these precision instruments, it quickly became essential to stop the hand showing the intervals.

In 1827, Louis-Frédéric Perrelet innovates with a two seconds-hands watch. One of the hands could be stopped at will and by a second press on the same button, the hand was catching up the first hand that had continued its functioning.

Around 1831 Joseph-Thaddeus Winnerl invented a system of “split-second” that was stopping the seconds-hand, then this hand could catch its stop time, provided that it didn’t exceed 30 seconds. The characteristic of this first system called “nib” and of the second system that he would invent later, this time fitted with two overlapping seconds-hands, is that they are based on the seconds wheel and not on the chronograph’s mechanism.

We shall also refer to the works of Henri Robert, author of various articles of the Modern Encyclopedia, reported by the Société d’Encouragement, in 1833, with the precise description of a “chronometric counter and travel alarm clock” whose characteristic is the split-second mechanism in a register at 12 o’clock (see the picture).

It was around 1880 that the split-second function appeared in its current form. While there have been many chronographs manufacturers begining with this period, the names related to the flyback hand are much fewer. And when talking about the flyback hand, we automatically think of the most complicated parts, such as, for example “La Merveilleuse” of Ami Lecoultre, produced in collaboration with Louis-Elysée Piguet, who received the bronze medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1878.                         

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OMEGA’s 2018 “Speedy Tuesday”

For the second time, the Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is offering online sales of a new #SpeedyTuesday timepiece via its @OMEGA Instagram channel.

OMEGA’s Speedmaster Limited Edition 42 mm “Ultraman” is a tribute to the key character in the ULTRAMAN series, a collection of shows created by Tsuburaya Productions in Japan: one of the most famous examples of the Kaiju “giant monster” genre. 

Though OMEGA’s new “Speedy Tuesday” certainly has a sense of fun, with its 70’s Japanese sci-fi references, the Speedmaster “Ultraman” boasts genuine space credentials, as it shares its DNA with OMEGA’s 1967 “Moonwatch”.

A stand-out feature of that classic ’67chronograph was its distinctive orange seconds hand, which drew the attention of the production team behind the fourth instalment in the ULTRAMAN series: RETURN OF ULTRAMAN. As the bold orange perfectly matched the suits of the heroic Monster Attack Team, OMEGA’s “Moonwatch” became an essential part of their beast-battling kit.

On the new “Ultraman” the seconds hand draws its inspiration from the ’67 original, embracing the same dimensions and shade of orange. As an extension of this theme, the new watch also features a black/orange bezel in anodized aluminium.

The classic Speedmastersubdials of the new “Speedy Tuesday” hold a few surprises. As Ultraman was only able to stay in superhero-mode for 3 minutes, the minute subdial at 3 o’clock features the first 3 minutes picked-out in orange. On the seconds subdial at 9 o’clock, there’s a hidden silhouette of Ultraman’s profile, which is revealed by a special tool available with the watch. The strap changer, identical to Ultraman’s Beta Capsule, features a UV lamp at one end, which when shined on the dial, reveals the image.

A vintage OMEGA logo on the dial adds a retro touch and the caseback features an engraving of #SpeedyTuesday and the words QUALIFIED BY NASA FOR ALL MANNED SPACE MISSIONS. The watch is presented on a black and orange NATO strap and comes with a spare black leather strap.

Limited to just 2,012 pieces, the OMEGA Speedmaster 42 mm “Ultraman” is a true collectable and is presented in its own hexagonal box: a tribute to the futuristic table used by Ultraman’s Monster Attack Team.

For more information, please visit:

https://www.omegawatches.com/speedytuesday-speedmaster-limited-edition-42mm-ultraman/

History is reborn with the “First OMEGA Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition”

OMEGA is a company world-renowned for its pioneering history of exquisite craftsmanship. Now, for its latest creation, the brand has reintroduced a real piece of technology from its past. The “First OMEGA Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition” is an ambitious new collection comprising of just 18 watches – with each one housing an original 18’’’ CHRO calibre from 1913.

Through a special and dedicated process, the prized calibres have been delicately refurbished by the experts at OMEGA’s Atelier Tourbillon and given a new lease of life for use inside these new Limited Edition models.

The “First OMEGA Wrist-Chronograph Limited Edition” was proudly launched at the brand’s “Museum Night” in Biel, Switzerland on July the 2nd. As well as hearing from some very special speakers, guests were also treated to the first glimpse of the new watch.