Omega Sochi Petrograd Written byMark BernardoJanuary 6, 2014 The 2014 Winter Olympic Games kick off in Sochi, Russia on February 7, and Swiss watch brand Omega will once again serve as official timekeeper. To commemorate this year’s games, Omega has also released a limited-edition watch with a distinctly Russian pedigree — this week’s Watch to Watch, the Omega Sochi Petrograd. The design of the new Omega watch recalls that of a historical Omega timepiece produced for a prominent Russian leader way back in 1915. The watch also borrows design cues from a piece in Omega’s Museum Collection. The case is a classical tonneau shape and made of 18k yellow gold, a metal used somewhat rarely in the luxury watch world these days. The strap is of burgundy-colored leather and has an 18k yellow-gold buckle. The dial, in silvery white, features elements in red, white and blue, the colors of the Russian flag. The numbers of the 24-hour track along the outer edge of the dial are in red, the white minute track is polished, and the central hour and minute hands are made of blued steel. The hour numerals, as well as the numerals on the small seconds subdial at 6 o’clock, are in black, and blued steel is also used for the subdial’s seconds hand. The watch contains Omega caliber 2202, with the brand’s hallmark co-axial escapement and what Omega calls a “luxury finish.” Omega offers a three-year warranty on the timepiece, which is water-resistant to 30 meters and comes in a specially designed box. The caseback is engraved with the logo of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the limited edition number (only 100 pieces will be produced). The U.S. retail price of the Omega Sochi Petrograd is $18,600.
Why would anyone in their normal mind buy an Omega for $18,000 if they can buy The best watches anywhere like Patek Phillipe Travel time or Breguet La Tradition for app that price tag. Omega is like a chevy you hide from your friends than watches like Patek or Breguet you are proud to wear.
Wow, just $18,600? I think Omega should have priced it to at least $100,000 to make it on par with the falsely inflated real estate market and “luxury” cars.
Wow, all the things I’m missing out on wearing my cheap Rolex. At $5,400 prior to all of the unexplained price increases, is still a better watch.
Wow, I guess people are stupid enough to pay this because “Olympics” is written all over it.
Omega Sochi, it is really a piece of art!