Same watch – different look

Now that you’re switching to your summer wardrobe, why not go all the way and give your timepiece a cool new look for the warmer months?

With OMEGA’s fantastic selection of “NATO” straps, giving your watch a summer makeover couldn’t be easier – or more affordable.

What is a “NATO” strap?

OMEGA’s “NATO” straps evolved from the leather and canvas straps used by British pilots, navigators and army personnel during World War Two. For safety reasons, wristwatches did not use removable spring bars to secure their straps. Their fixed bars, often soldered, were less likely to break than spring bars so there was less chance of losing the strap in conflict situations.

Eight “NATO” straps to choose from

Take your pick!

There are three 5-stripe fabric straps with stainless steel buckles and fitted keepers; three nylon fabric straps with grey, orange or red border; a brown Novonappa leather strap; and an all-black coated nylon fabric strap with fitted black keepers and polished buckle.

Try your new look online

If you’d like to see how your watch looks with a new “NATO” strap, our website has a virtual function that lets you mix and match with ease. You can experiment with different combinations without having to break out the strap changing tool. Why not have some fun and see what happens? You may discover a look that’s as individual as you are. If you’d rather see how your new “NATO” strap looks on the wrist, OMEGA’s boutique staff will be happy to help.


BALLY AW17 Men’s Boots

Combining contemporary design and traditional craftsmanship, Bally launched a range of Autumn Winter men’s boots which suitable for different occasions. These ingenuity of design includes formal, metropolitan and hiking boots, demonstrates functionality and elegance. Taking inspiration from our heritage in hiking, the Medison hiking boot features a supple calf leather upper with luxurious burnished finishing that gives these boots a luxurious patina.

The leather sole features the ‘Sparta’ rubber grip lends a distinct grip for trekking, and a lace-up fastening allows for a more personalised fit. The Bally Stripe sits discreetly to the rear of the shoe for an additional hint of chic. The Charls hiking boot is a reinvention of a classic Bally style made famous by the first Everest pioneers. Expertly hand-crafted in calf leather, this contemporary version is styled with an urbane aesthetic courtesy of its bold stitched upper and sturdy rubber sole which injected with ‘Sparta’ formation for grip and durability. Inside, the Charls is lined in oak-tone leather and padded at the collar for all-day comfort, even during the longest city expeditions. Simple and sophisticated with a twist, the Bronxon boot is made from a distinct calf leather that has been expertly finished with a leather sole. Brogue-like perforated detailing sits atop the toe, heel and sides of this boot, making it the best option for the day-to-day. With elasticated side paneling and a rubber sole, the Mileto boot adds a distinct comfort to the classic menswear staple. A rear Bally Stripe heel tab allows for easy wear, and the luxe calf leather upper adds a sophisticated finish.

A History of The Bally Hiking Boot

On May 29 1953 Sir Edmund Hillary was one of the first climbers to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. His companion, Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, the most knowledgeable man of the mountain, was Sir Edmund’s climber of choice, having previously saved his life in earlier expeditions. It was Tenzing, wearing his Bally crafted Reindeer-Himalaya boots, who was photographed by Sir Edmund at the summit. The latter refused to be photographed by Tenzing – a testament to the spirit and bond they shared. These boots, which can be seen today at the Bally Museum in Switzerland, featured the ‘Sparta’ grip, invented by Bally in the late 1920s specifically for hiking and heavy winter boots.

Its thickness and sharply cut profile with three-pronged design, gave the boots a good grip in all directions. A new development in the consistency of the rubber assured that the sole didn’t harden in cold weather and therefore didn’t become slippery. Decades later, the same innovative ‘Sparta’ grip design is still used for the soles of the brand’s urban hiking boots. From the steps that took Sir Edmund Hillary and his trusted climbing companion Sherpa Tenzing Norgay to the top of Mount Everest, whatever your adventure, make each step count with Bally boots this season.