TO IN­FIN­ITY AND BE­YOND

On its 60th an­niver­sary, we ex­am­ine why Omega’s Speed­mas­ter stands the test of time.

Preview (Philippines) - - Mood - BY ISHA VAL­LÉS

You know your tech­nol­ogy’s sound when the main up­date it’s given on its 60th an­niver­sary is an aes­thetic one. Launched in 1957 and se­lected by NASA for its pi­loted space mis­sions in 1965 (trivia: Buzz Aldrin was wear­ing a Speed­mas­ter when he first walked on the moon dur­ing the 1969 Apollo 11 mission), 2017 cel­e­brates the launch of a 14-strong Speed­mas­ter 38mm col­lec­tion. Sim­plic­ity, size and color rule the new de­signs that have mod­els for both men and women. These stylish sport watches fit the bill for both the ath­letic and/or ath­leisure(-only) fash­ion lover.

The tech­ni­cal cre­den­tials of this pop­u­lar chrono­graph can fly over your head, but here’s the need to know: Its Cal­i­bre 3330 is au­to­matic, a plus be­cause who has the time to wind? (Un­less you like to re­lax and un­wind.) The mech­a­nism’s co-ax­ial es­cape­ment makes the move­ment of parts more ef­fi­cient and with less fric­tion, keep­ing the time­keeper con­sis­tently pre­cise and length­en­ing the in­ter­vals be­tween reg­u­lar main­te­nance checks. Lastly, Omega’s non­mag­netic sil­i­con bal­ance spring, a revo­lu­tion­ary fea­ture rel­e­vant to mod­ern times, pre­vents all the in­vis­i­ble elec­tro­mag­netic waves emit­ted by the gad­gets and ap­pli­ances of our lives from af­fect­ing the move­ment of the watch.

In short, the Speed­mas­ter has been de­vel­oped and im­proved to give you pre­cise time all the time, with style to boot. It’s up to you to ac­tu­ally be on time.

The oval sub­di­als and date win­dow are bor­rowed from past Omega De Ville de­signs.

Omega’s patented Sedna gold—an al­loy that blends gold, cop­per and pal­la­dium—adds to the rich brown hue of a style named Cap­puc­cino.

A dual bezel makes room for the sig­na­ture tachymeter scale and a ring of di­a­monds.

FROM TOP: Stain­less steel watch with moth­erof-pearl dial and di­a­mond bezel and leather strap; stain­less steel and 18-karat Sedna gold watch with leather strap; stain­less steel and 18-karat yel­low­gold watch with leather strap; prices un­avail­able, all...

FACE VALUE ALL THE NEW DE­SIGN DE­TAILS TO HELP YOU FIND THE SPEED­MAS­TER 38MM THAT’S TO YOUR LIK­ING.

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