Omega Basel­world 2018

A stir­ring show­case of many ex­cit­ing new time­pieces

Golf Asia - - LUXE BASELWORLD SPECIAL -

This year, the iconic Sea­mas­ter Diver 300M cel­e­brates 25 years with a range of up­dated mod­els. But there are plenty of other an­niver­saries and new col­lec­tions from Omega to ex­plore, from the new Tré­sor to a space-in­spired Speed­mas­ter.

THE SEA­MAS­TER DIVER 300M COL­LEC­TION

Now sized at 42mm, ev­ery de­sign de­tail has been rethought, in­clud­ing a new ce­ramic bezel with the div­ing scale in Cer­agold or white enamel. In­side, the watches in­clude the Mas­ter Chronome­ter Cal­i­bre 8800, in­stantly tak­ing the col­lec­tion into a higher realm of pre­ci­sion, per­for­mance and mag­netic re­sis­tance. The sleek di­als are made from ce­ramic and are avail­able in black, blue or PVD chrome colour. The pop­u­lar wave pat­tern has been rein­tro­duced (now laseren­graved) and the in­dexes have been raised and filled with Su­per-lu­mi­nova. Even the skele­ton hands have been subtly re­shaped.

One of the Diver 300M's most im­por­tant de­tails has al­ways been its he­lium es­cape valve. For the new mod­els, the valve has been given a con­i­cal shape and has been patented by Omega with an in­ge­nious tech­nol­ogy that al­lows it to be op­er­ated un­der­wa­ter. Turn­ing the watch over re­veals a wave-pat­terned edge on the case­back, as well as sap­phire crys­tal, through which you can see the Me­tas-ap­proved Mas­ter Chronome­ter Cal­i­bre 8800. In to­tal, there are 14 new Diver 300M mod­els, in­clud­ing 6 in stain­less steel and 8 in a mix of stain­less steel and gold. Each model is pre­sented on an in­te­grated black or blue rub­ber strap, or a tra­di­tional metal bracelet (with a new er­gonomic de­sign and a patented ex­tend­able foldover rack-and-pusher with diver ex­ten­sion).

THE SPEED­MAS­TER "DARK SIDE OF THE MOON" APOLLO 8

As well as hav­ing a skele­tonised dial, this col­lectable watch is re­mark­able for its spe­cially dec­o­rated ver­sion of the fa­mous Moon­watch cal­i­bre 1861. Pre­sented on a per­fo­rated black leather strap with yel­low rub­ber through the mid­dle, this Speed­mas­ter's unique de­sign re­mains true to Apollo 8's pi­o­neer­ing spirit. The en­tire watch is pro­duced in sleek black ce­ramic and the dial has been ex­pertly skele­tonised to re­veal a black­ened move­ment in­side. Most im­pres­sively, the move­ment has been laser-ab­lated to pro­duce re­al­is­tic im­agery of the lu­nar sur­face.

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