The new Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph (Ref. 318.104.22.168.01.001) automatic wrist watch is now available in an exclusive “orange” gold body that looks even more gorgeous accented by black dial, black ceramic bezel and extremely comfortable Alligator leather strap of the same color.
According to the Swiss watchmaker, they have created the new 18-carat “orange gold” alloy using 75 per cent gold, around 2 per cent of silver and platinum and almost 24 per cent of copper that actually provides the alloy with its rich, orange tint.
The traditionally large (more than 44 mm in diameter!) body of the new watch features an elegant combination of alternately polished and brushed surfaces, which makes the timekeeper look even more expensive and, well, classy: a rare thing when it comes to “professional” timekeepers that are supposed to look “stern.”
The impression is further enhanced thanks to the fixed bezel, which is crafted from polished scratch-resistant black ceramic and sports a metallic grey tachymetric scale that has low real-life value, but provides the watch with more “professional” appearance.
Besides the new alloy that was used to create the body of the watch, there is also a new version of the cal. 9300 automatic chronograph movement that makes this timekeeper stand out from the rest of the pack.
Officially called Omega co-axial caliber 9301, the new column-wheel chronograph movement features a silicon balance spring that, thanks to antimagnetic properties of the material and its low mass, significantly enhances both the accuracy and longevity of the new timekeeper.
In fact, Omega is so confident in its new caliber that it even sells the watch with a four-year warranty!
Omega gradually drops the usual tri-compax design of its chronographs in favor or a more easily readable bi-compax layout where the hour and minute sub-dials are merged into a single display with a pair of hands. Placed in this particular case at 3 o’clock, the sub-dial is wonderfully counterweighted with a small seconds display, which is located at 9 hours.
It is really a pleasure to see that all hour markers, as are the hours, minutes and the central chronograph seconds hand are covered with greenish Superluminova that ensures a superb legibility of the timekeeper even in total darkness.
Omega plans to offer the ref. 322.214.171.124.01.001 at a minimum street recommended price of $26,500 (as usual, give or take depending on your local taxes.) Although the price stick will definitely put 99 percent of brand’s die-hard fans into the deepest of miseries, I must admit that the cost of this model is well justified not only with the sheer amount of precious metal put into making this massive time measuring device, but also with its high-tech mechanism with its ground-breaking silicon balance spring and meticulous (although probably done by machines) engraving in their signature “Geneva waves in Arabesque.” Of course, you would like to save some cash, you will not have to wait too long before the timekeeper will appear in dozens of grayish online stores with a hefty discount on MSRP.
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph in Orange Gold (Ref. 3126.96.36.199.01.001) automatic watch specification
Price: $26,500 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Omega Co-Axial caliber 9301, two spring barrels, silicon balance spring, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 54 jewels
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Oscillating weight and balance bridge in red gold; decorated with Geneva waves in Arabesque
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, column-wheel chronograph, date
Power reserve: 60 hours
Case material: Orange gold
Bezel material: Black ceramic
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.25 mm
Case height: N/A
Lug width: 24 mm
Hour markers: Luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Black Alligator leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Case back: Transparent