The Swiss watchmaker released their Novelties 2021, which has everything from an elegantly bejeweled Aqua Terra to a striking use of black ceramic in a Seamaster.
“Recently, time has never felt more important,” says Omega president and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann. “We’ve all learned to cherish and appreciate the hours we have, and really make each one count.” In a message introducing to the world the watchmaker’s new lineup of Novelties, he reiterated just how much quality, authenticity, and craftsmanship matter.
“More and more, people are embracing the idea of well-made products that not only feel meaningful, but also have a genuine human touch,” he continues, adding this exactly is what their watches offer.
Their new Novelties, he explains, continues to tell the story of how the Swiss luxury house’s heritage is updated with innovative and pioneering technology. “Our watchmakers are truly pushing the standards of excellence to give customers the most inspiring timepieces possible,” he says. “For those with a renewed respect for time, these watches will certainly meet your aspirations. I hope you enjoy them.”
Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold
The original Seamaster represented many first for the brand. In 1957, the “Professional Trilogy” collection was born, which included the Speedmaster, the Railmaster and the Seamaster 300. As part of that family, the Seamaster 300 was launched as Omega’s first-ever professional divers’ watch. It also introduced the watchmaker’s first diving bezel, which had a safety feature that prevents accidental turning during dives.
Continuing that heritage of “firsts,” the 2021 Seamaster 300 collection will also include a 41 mm model using Omega’s own Bronze Gold. It will be the first piece to use the brand’s patent-pending alloy, which will be seen on the entire case and buckle. Omega’s Bronze Gold is enriched with 37.5% gold, hallmarked as 9K, as well as palladium and silver. This creats a unique color, which sits exactly between the brand’s 18K MoonshineTM gold and 18K SednaTM gold.
Constellation Small Seconds
While it was born in 1952, the Contellation’s distinguishing clars and half moon facets that have many associate with the piece first arrived in 1982. For 2021, Omega is adding more Small Seconds models to the line, upgraded with more diamonds and other unique details. With a new 34 mm size, the watch is offered in either 18K SednaTM gold, stainless steel, or a combination of both. The bezels found on top of each case will feature engraved Roman Numerals, or a circle of 38 full-cut diamonds.
Three years ago, the Constellation had a makeover that paired the watch’s brushed components with polished bevelling along the casebody, bracelet, and crown. For this year’s version, Omega used incremental diamonds for the hour markers, which have been placed in 18K gold holders, and arranged by size around the dial. Rings were also added to the Small Seconds subdial, as well as the Central Minute Track.
De Ville Trésor Power Reserve
Trésor first appeared in the Omega lexicon in 1949, at that time referred to as the “treasure” found inside the watch: its 30 mm caliber. The movement enabled the watchmaker to give the original model a thin, golden case. Today, the Trésor name lives on as part of the De Ville collection, which is enhanced by even more innovating movements while retaining its legacy of slim design.
This year, the Trésor welcomes more into its gents’ models’ fold. The 2021 pieces will have a wider range of colors and materials, and will make use of a new subdial display. This will be seen in the Small Seconds display at 6H, while some models will also have a Power Reserve display at 12H. The Omega logo moves to 3H because of this unique positioning.
Seamaster Aqua Terra
Touting itself as a watch that is perfect for women who like to be dazzled “on the hour, every hour,” the Aqua Terra pieces feature hour markers in diamonds and rubies. The new 34 mm models highlighted here are in stainless steel and 18K SednaTM gold. They feature a symmetrical polished-brushed case body, a polished bezel set and a date window at 6H.
In addition to the new dials, there is an integrated bracelet in stainless steel and 18K SednaTM gold. This has polished central links, brushed external links that come in a clasp or leather straps in red or nude. It’s not all sparkling elements, however: The sapphire crystal on the caseback allows a clear view of OMEGA’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8800. This is certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black
Omega made use of the versatility of ceramic to create a striking timepiece in contrasting shade of the same color. Staying true to the Diver 300M’s original design, which was introduced in 1993, it meet all required dive watch functions. Its 43.5 mm polished-brushed case in black ceramic [ZrO2] is held in place by an integrated black rubber strap with a buckle in the same material.
The watchmaker also introduced anthracite Super-LumiNova to the diving scale, the black PVD indexes and skeleton hands, and dot at 12H. While these markers glow in different colors in the dark, the anthracite turns them dark-gray in daylight. For the first time, Omega laser-ablated almost every detail on the black ceramic dial. The details were crafted in positive relief from just one single piece, giving the watch a uniform and sculptural look. The same style can be found on the diving scale of the unidirectional bezel.
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