The Swatch Group decided to forgo Baselworld in 2019 and have its 12 exhibiting brands release their latest novelties on their own terms. While we’ve seen a number of releases slowly trickle out over the past six months, it’s all led up to this week for the Swiss conglomerate. WatchTime was one of the select few American publications invited to attend the inaugural “Time to Move” event that took place over the past four days in Switzerland. We spent that time meeting with six of the Swatch Group’s most prestigious marques — Breguet, Blancpain, Jaquet Droz, Glashütte Original, Harry Winston, and Omega — to view the watches that would be defining the rest of the year. Here are the highlights so far.
Since its introduction in 1993, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M has been one of the most popular watches among divers and collectors, alike. Last year, the brand worked to bring on the next chapter in this series’ history with a significant revitalization of its standard designs, and this year Omega will continue this effort with a number of new Seamaster Chronographs being added to the collection.
The first of these new pieces is a two-tone model using a 44-mm steel case and an 18K Sedna™ gold diving bezel with a black ceramic insert. The striking piece, with its curvy facets, also uses Sedna gold for the crown and helium valve, and accents the ceramic chronograph pushers with the metal as its screw-down element. The dial of the watch has the series’ signature “waves” design as its background, which are laser-engraved into the black ceramic. Adorning the face are applied rose gold circular hour markers, with smaller rectangles at the 3, 6, and 9 o’clock position, and two large bars indicating the 12 o’clock mark. Towards the bottom of the dial is a 6 o’clock date window, while sweeping over it are the enlarged, skeletonized hands meant to assist in easily telling the time, further complemented by an Omega Seamaster classic in the lollipop seconds hand. Inside the watch and visible through a sapphire case back is the Omega Master Chronometer Calibre 9900, a highly accurate and extremely antimagnetic movement that offers a 60-hour reserve. Price: $9,300
The next of these pieces is a more traditional blue and steel colorway. Overall, the design of the watch is the same as the two-tone model, with the key difference being the change in colors of the ceramic aspects from black to ocean blue, and from Sedna gold to steel. As well, this model is secured using an alternatively polished and brushed steel bracelet as compared to the integrated black rubber strap previously used. Price: $7,450
The final model is the most luxurious and striking of the three new offerings, using a completely Sedna gold case, and featuring a laser-ablated black ceramic bezel contrasted with a single white dot of Super-LumiNova at 12 o’clock. Like the past two watches, this model is also 44-mm and uses the same dial configuration, but distinguishes itself using gold rings around two sub-dials to match the metal of the case. This model also uses the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9901, which is differentiated only from the Calibre 9900 with its special luxury finish of a rotor and balance bridge in 18K Sedna gold. Price: $26,000