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Omega un­veils the speed­mas­ter moon­phase Chronograph mas­ter Chronome­ter

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Ahead of Basel­world 2016, tak­ing place in March, omega has un­veiled the lat­est ad­di­tion to its speed­mas­ter se­ries, the Moon­phase Chronograph Mas­ter Chronome­ter.

when launch­ing the new time­piece, the brand made much of its rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the moon. The high-res­o­lu­tion im­age, in sharply con­trast­ing black and white, is as de­tailed as a NASA pho­to­graph, omega says. In­deed, it’s so de­tailed that a closer look re­veals an as­tro­naut’s foot­print.

of course, the speed­mas­ter is no stranger to the lu­nar sur­face, given that it was the first watch worn on the moon.

True to its name, the time­piece dis­plays the phases of the moon. Con­trary to pop­u­lar be­lief, a lu­nar month is not 30 days, but 29.5 days. A dif­fi­cult time span to man­age for a stan­dard gear train, but omega’s Moon­phase is up to the task. Its highly ac­cu­rate mech­a­nism only needs ad­just­ing af­ter 10 years, and all it takes is a few turns of the crown.

And it’s not just the moon’s wob­bles kept in check. The watch is also bal­anced visu­ally, with twin two-handed sub­di­als, to cre­ate a sym­met­ri­cal look. The speed­mas­ter Moon­phase has many other strik­ing fea­tures: in­clud­ing a stun­ning sun­brushed blue dial, ce­ramic bezel and stain­less steel case. liq­uid metal has been used on the Tachymeter scale; an­other speed­mas­ter first, and a closer look re­veals rhodium-plated cir­cles on the sub di­als.

Though the hands are clas­sic speed­mas­ter, the in­ter­nal work­ings are a gi­ant leap for­ward. The revo­lu­tion­ary new 9904 move­ment is made up of 368 com­po­nents and marks the start of a whole new era in watch­mak­ing. As the Moon­phase is both a Mas­ter Co-ax­ial and a Chronome­ter, it can be cer­ti­fied as a Mas­ter Chronome­ter.

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