While January hasn’t really been a thrilling start to the new year, OMEGA Watches, on the other hand, is making some big watchmaking announcements.
In 2021, its Speedmaster Moonwatch collection will be updated with a new generation of models. Collectors and fans will get a chance to see the latest edition of a greatly admired timepiece – including unique touches in design and a powerful Master Chronometer certified anti-magnetic movement.
“When updating a sacred timepiece like the Speedmaster Moonwatch, every detail must be true to its original spirit,” said Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA. “This chronograph is recognised the world over, so we’ve approached its design with the most sincere respect, while taking its movement to the next level.”
For this launch, OMEGA has taken inspiration from the 4th generation Moonwatch style, commonly referenced as the ST 105.012, and famously worn by Apollo 11 astronauts on the moon in 1969.
The space-era tributes include the classic asymmetrical case, the step dial, the double bevel caseback, and the famous dot over 90 (DON) and a dot to 70 on the anodised aluminium bezel ring. The details may be small, but they’re crucial in the telling of the Speedmaster story.
However, the most significant update comes with the arrival of the Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 3861. This new movement ensures that the Moonwatch will now be unaffected by even the most extreme magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss. In addition, it ensures that the entire watch is certified as a Master Chronometer – which is the highest standard of precision, performance, and magnetic-resistance that can be bestowed in the Swiss watch industry.
Even the around-the-wrist design has seen an update, including an integrated, fully-brushed bracelet which offers a five-arched-links-per-row design. Similar to Moonwatch styles of the past, it includes a new clasp with a polished OMEGA logo on a satin-finished cover.
The dial also boasts OMEGA commitment to detail for this updated collection. In accordance with the Calibre 3861’s frequency, the minute track is now split by 3 divisions, as opposed to the 5 divisions on previous models.
Those interested in becoming the owner of the new Master Chronometer models can select their timepiece from eight special choices, including versions in stainless steel, 18K Sedna™ gold, or 18K Canopus™ gold. Each watch comes with OMEGA’s gull 5-year warranty.
Discover the new generation of the Speedmaster Moonwatch on OMEGA Watches’ website here.