Lu­nar Mis­sions

Sean Li

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

mega’s story with the Speed­mas­ter and its trips to the Moon is well known in watch cir­cles, and given that strong de­signs are of­ten en­dur­ing ones, it’s no sur­prise that there have been mul­ti­ple it­er­a­tions over the years. The brand hit a nerve, though, when it in­tro­duced the all-ce­ramic ver­sion, the Speed­mas­ter Dark Side of the Moon, just two years ago at Basel­world 2013. Omega was jus­ti­fi­ably proud of its achieve­ment, for the Dark Side of the Moon rep­re­sented a very dif­fer­ent look for the Moon watch and made some sig­nif­i­cant ad­vances in its ap­pli­ca­tion of ce­ramic. While the ma­te­rial it­self is not new, the fact that Omega was able to ap­ply it to ev­ery vis­i­ble el­e­ment on the watch—from the case, dial and push­ers all the way down to the buckle, and with al­ter­nat­ing brushed and pol­ished sur­faces—made it sub­stan­tially dif­fer­ent from any other ce­ramic watch to­day. Of course, the fin­ish­ing touch was made with a not-so-dark el­e­ment: the in-house cal­i­bre 9300 co-ax­ial move­ment, which ap­pears in very sharp con­trast with the black­ness of the rest of the watch, and is made highly vis­i­ble through a sap­phire case­back.

It was no sur­prise that Omega would fol­low up the Dark Side of the Moon with an­other vari­ant in 2014, the Speed­mas­ter Grey Side of the Moon. As the name im­plies, it’s a sim­i­lar watch but with most of the ce­ramic el­e­ments done in grey rather than black. Other than the colour, the dif­fer­ences lie in the sand­blasted plat­inum dial and in the strap, which in this case is in al­li­ga­tor leather in­stead of the black Cor­dura fab­ric. The Grey Side of the Moon has been no less popular, with many sub­se­quent dis­cus­sions among col­lec­tors as to which ver­sion they pre­ferred.

This year, Omega’s de­sign­ers once again ex­plore the ce­ramic Speed­mas­ter, but it’s not just one more ver­sion—there are six new it­er­a­tions. On the White Side of the Moon, which it­self sees two vari­ants, the dif­fer­ence is nat­u­rally dra­matic, but on the other four ver­sions, all on the Dark Side theme, there are sub­tle changes that make a no­tice­able im­pact on the look and feel of the watch. Here’s an over­view of each new ver­sion.

The Speed­mas­ter White Side of the Moon is, as its name im­plies, the white ce­ramic ver­sion of the watch. It’s not re­ally a sur­prise, given that the ce­ramic used in the Grey Side of the Moon ac­tu­ally starts out as a white com­pound. It’s through heat­ing at very high tem­per­a­tures in a plasma fur­nace that Omega trans­forms the ce­ramic from white to grey. By skip­ping this heat­ing process, the The Grey Side and White Side ver­sions of Omega’s Speed­mas­ter Dark Side of the Moon

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