Up To Speed
If the Omega pre-Basel launches are anything to go by, fans of the Speedmaster may gear up for a very exciting BaselWorld. Also, if you had missed out on Omega’s Speedy Tuesday Internet frenzy, then these might just be the perfect consolation prizes to covet. The Omega Speedmaster 38mm proffers the iconic panda dial and pairs it with opulent Sedna gold and diamonds – a first for the collection. This model, lovingly nicknamed ‘Cappucino’, embraces the gold and brown colour scheme that makes watches at once luxurious and sensuous. Its sub-dials are also oval rather than round, underscoring the feminine aesthetics.
On the other extreme, the Speedmaster Automatic reprises the collection’s motor racing heritage with a matte black dial, orange markings, and bevelled gold arrowhead indexes painted with white SuperLuminova. Its robust 44.25-mm stainless steel case, however, is thinner than other Speedmasters of this size thanks to the use of a slimmer sapphire crystal. This is a highly technical timepiece, fitted with a bezel made of polished ceramic and brushed Liquidmetal – a material patented by Omega. Additionally, the black leather strap is lined with orange rubber and perforated to achieve an unmistakeably sporty aesthetic. This watch comes with a Master Chronometer movement, Calibre 9900.