Omega’s two new Aqua Terra Worldtimer options take the collection in a different direction. Where recent past releases leaned classical—blue dial on steel, and white dial on rose gold—the debutants head in a more contemporary direction with a darker and sportier countenance.
The sportiest of these would have to be the titanium version (RM51,800), which is lighter and more corrosion-resistant than its steel counterparts. The bezel is in brushed black ceramic, and its textured grey and black dial has been produced entirely via laser ablation—including the continents and colours of the world map. Only the red varnish of ‘LONDON’ at 6 o’clock is added afterwards, applied by hand. Blackened hands and indices complete the sombre aesthetic outlook along with the black rubber strap, while the markers are filled with Super-LumiNova that glows blue.
The stainless steel option has a ceramic bezel in green to match the sun-brushed PVD dial. The dial also has a curved line pattern that seems to take after the longitude markings of a map. Omega’s own Moonshine Gold adds a touch of flash to the hands and indices. The world display in the centre is formed in similar laser-aided fashion as before. It is available with either bracelet (RM45,600) or rubber strap (RM44,650).
There are no surprises under the hood: Calibre 8938 is METAS-certified to Omega’s usual exacting standards, and boasts a 15,000-gauss magnetic resistance. True to the Aqua Terra collection, the watch is also water resistant to 150m. Although the new references are more casual and laidback, the Aqua Terra Worldtimer remains in its familiar 43mm guise as a versatile, travel-friendly companion.