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The Omega Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean fam­ily gets a new mem­ber, and it is noth­ing like the watch in­dus­try has never seen.

L'officiel Singapore - - Contents - BY KENNY LOH

Let's be hon­est – dive watches aren't the best-look­ing in the mar­ket. More of­ten than not, they pack in so many func­tions, it re­sults in a time­piece with an overly me­chan­i­cal ap­pear­ance.

In 2005, Omega launched the Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean range to give div­ing en­thu­si­asts ex­actly what they needed at depths of up to 600 me­tres: an eas­ily de­ci­phered dial sport­ing Su­per­lu­mi­nova-coated in­dices (these emit blue light for leg­i­bil­ity in darker con­di­tions); a smooth, ro­tat­ing bezel em­bed­ded with a glow­ing dot (for divers to eas­ily mon­i­tor their elapsed times); and a he­lium-re­lease valve (to equalise the pres­sure built up in the watch). Noth­ing more. Over time, this line has also picked up style points. Start­ing with pre­dom­i­nantly black-coloured models, the col­lec­tion be­gan in­clud­ing less-se­ri­ous hues such as white, bright orange and red gold (there were even un­ex­pected di­a­mond-set ver­sions). The Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean even­tu­ally be­came one of the Swiss watch­maker's most cel­e­brated time­pieces as well as a must-have in the global div­ing cir­cle. As part of a re­mark­able “world pre­miere” this year, Omega in­tro­duces a new GMT – a model which dis­plays a sec­ond time zone – to the pop­u­lar Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean fam­ily. The 43.5mm time­piece is equipped with a pol­ished bi-ce­ramic bezel which has never been seen be­fore in watch­mak­ing. One half, in white, tells the time dur­ing the day while the other half, in black, in­di­cates the time at night. Pow­er­ing the watch is also a new cal­i­bre, the Mas­ter Chronome­ter GMT 8906, which is cer­ti­fied by the Swiss Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Metrol­ogy, or METAS, to be very ac­cu­rate and re­sis­tant to strong mag­netic fields of up to 15,000 gauss (just for com­par­i­son, the hol­i­day me­mento mag­net on one's fridge has an av­er­age mag­netic field of only 100 gauss).

True to Omega's high watch­mak­ing stan­dards, just as much thought has been given to the watch's ul­tra-sleek al­li­ga­tor bracelet, which is clev­erly lined with rub­ber to pro­long its life in hu­mid weather and on sweaty wrists.

Omega’s new Sea­mas­ter Planet Ocean GMT has a “world pre­miere” bezel that’s made by fus­ing two ce­ramic halves – one in white, which tells the time dur­ing the day, and an­other in black, which in­di­cates the time at night. Stain­less steel with ce­ramic and al­li­ga­tor strap.

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