Omega’s year-long celebration of its iconic Speedmaster’s 60th anniversary, which began at Baselworld 2017, continues next week at WatchTime New York, America’s largest luxury watch event, as the brand presents, among other new models for 2017, its Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer.
The Omega Speedmaster Racing Master Chronometer is the latest Speedmaster to meet the criteria of Omega’s demanding Master Chronometer certification, subjected to a battery of precision, performance, and magnetic resistance tests first applied to the Globemaster model introduced in 2015. It also resurrects on its dial a vintage-look, motorsports-inspired minute track that first appeared on a 1968 Speedmaster. (A year or so later, after an Omega Speedmaster accompanied astronauts on the first lunar landing, the watch’s motor racing design heritage would be largely supplanted by its new identity as the “Moonwatch.”) The watch has a matte black dial and a 44.25-mm stainless steel case that is slightly thinner than those of previous models because of a newly retooled sapphire crystal.
Among the dial’s other notable features are its orange highlights; 18k white-gold beveled arrowhead hour indices, filled with white Super-LumiNova; and slightly expanded subdials (chronograph hours/minutes counter at 3 ‘clock, small seconds at 9 o’clock) for increased legibility. The polished ceramic bezel uses another proprietary material, Liquidmetal, for its tachymeter scale and also features orange text that matches the color of the varnished hour and minute hands and tip of the central seconds hand. The black leather strap continues the color scheme, with an orange rubber inner layer that can be glimpsed through the micro-perforations, achieved with a milling tool, in the exterior surface. The perforated look is another stylistic nod to the Speedmaster’s auto-racing roots and also serves the utilitarian purpose of aerating the wearer’s skin. The movement is Omega’s Co-Axial Master self-winding Chronometer Caliber 9900 (details on the movement, its attributes, and its development can be found here).
Don’t miss out on your opportunity to see Omega’s new Speedmaster watches, as well as other new and intriguing timepieces from 30 sponsoring watch brands — Order tickets now for WatchTime New York 2017 at Manhattan’s Gotham Hall on October 13-14. The event is filling up fast!