01 AS GOOD AS NEW

Putting a new spin on vin­tage-in­spired watches, Omega reaches into the past to give us a tan­gi­ble taste of cen­tury-old horol­ogy.

The Peak (Singapore) - - Watches -

Me­chan­i­cal watches are a cel­e­bra­tion of the past, and mod­ern in­ter­pre­ta­tions of vin­tage mod­els are even more so. But Omega has taken it a step fur­ther by us­ing ac­tual vin­tage move­ments from 1913 in its new First Omega Wrist-Chrono­graph Lim­ited Edi­tion.

The move­ment in ques­tion is the 18’’’ CHRO and it was the first chrono­graph move­ment Omega used in a wrist­watch. Ob­vi­ously, the 100-year-old cal­i­bres needed some re­fur­bish­ment but it was an un­der­tak­ing that in­volved sev­eral hun­dred hours. The main chal­lenge was to ac­com­mo­date the dif­fer­ing di­men­sions of the in­di­vid­ual parts, since man­u­fac­tur­ing pro­cesses from that long ago weren’t ex­actly known for con­sis­tency. For ex­am­ple, the plates and bridges had to be milled out to en­sure the new jew­els fit in the orig­i­nal com­po­nents, while parts like the gear-train wheels and the hair­spring had to be made from scratch.

Things on the sur­face have stayed true to the orig­i­nal de­sign, with few changes. The bi-reg­is­ter chrono­graph is cased in white gold with wire lugs, and has a grand feu enamel dial, blued Breguet-style hands ands and painted Gothic nu­mer­als. It’s also stamped with th the old Omega logo. Only the cen­tral chrono­graph sec­onds hand, pusher and crown are made of Omega’s ga’s pro­pri­etary Sedna gold.

As a fi­nal touch, the watch fea­tures a hinged case­back, as Omega’s first wrist-worn chrono­graphs hs did, when used by the Bri­tish Royal Fly­ing Corps dur­ing World War I. But sap­phire crys­tal has been added be­neath it to al­low safe view­ing of this rare move­ment. Lim­ited to 18 pieces.

THE NEW OLD A re­fur­bished vin­tage move­ment is used in the First Omega WristChrono­graph Lim­ited Edi­tion.

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