George Clooney popped up at the end, his gentlemanly charm still somehow oozing through the screen. Quite the star cameo, but the Omega ambassador has made it a habit to appear at the watchmaker’s events. And while this one might be virtual, it was probably Omega’s most important, considering it was unveiling a flurry of new timepieces. We highlight a few of our favourites below.
Omega Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold
It’s a new patent-pending alloy and as the name suggests, it’s developed by blending bronze and 9K gold with a bit of palladium and silver. Omega is using this material for the first time on its Seamaster 300 collection and explains that it corrodes slower than bronze, thus keeping its natural patina over a longer time.
Bronze gold is resistant to verdigris-oxidation, which is when bronze slowly becom s bluish-green when exposed to the elements. The Statue of Liberty is perhaps the most prominent example of this phenomenon.
The bronze gold is a beautiful colour and makes perfect sense on a diver’s watch like the Seamaster. The bronze trend in the horological world recently dissipated, but with this new alloy, Omega has put it back on the map again.
The Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold is powered by the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912 and is priced at S$16,550.
Omega Seamaster 300M Black Black
You’re reading that right. Omega thinks this watch is so dark, it had to repeat the name. It has rendered every single element in this timepiece in black ceramic. How? Omega took zirconium oxide (which is normally white), added iron pigments, and then fired the mix in 1,400 degrees Celsius.
Omega has also laser-ablated almost every detail on the dial and bezel, giving the watch an almost sculptural look. One benefit: it repels fingerprints.
Of course, a watch is meant to be legible, so Omega added anthracite-SuperLumiNova to the diving scale, indexes, skeleton hands and the dot at 12 o’clock. It’s slightly different from the usual SuperLumiNova; the presence of anthracite means that in daylight, the elements become dark grey instead, staying true to the dark theme.
The only place that the watch isn’t completely black is the case back. It’s transparent, giving you a view of the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 that powers the watch. The Seamaster 300M Black Black is priced at S$12,400.
Speedmaster Moonwatch Velcro Straps
It’s not a watch, but we got quite excited when Omega revealed these accessories during the digital presentation. Most watch enthusiasts know that NASA astronauts wear the Speedmaster during their space missions, but few realise they don’t wear the metal bracelet. They usually pair their Speedmasters with an adjustable and expandable Velcro strap.
Omega previously released a Velcro strap, but this new collection is different, thanks to the prominent NASA branding.
The Velcro straps are available in three colours: black, white and silver. Black represents the darkness of space, and this shade is the same colour worn by astronauts on the lunar surface. White is a nod to the Apollo-era spacesuits while silver pays tribute to the spacesuits worn by astronauts during the Gemini and Mercury missions.