The highlight of the watch world’s calendar has just spun its inimitable magic, and Baselworld 2014 certainly didn’t disappoint. Those brands with the heritage to do so once again dipped into their pasts for inspiration. This has been a popular theme in recent years, but good designs are timeless and it is a strategy which throws up some beautiful watches. The launches were rich with revival pieces which I was very pleased to see again and below are some of the best.
Omega dips into its rich heritage
Heritage models are often interesting for their combination of original design with modern technologies and specifications. This has never been truer than in the case of the Seamaster 300 from Omega.
Originally launched in 1957, Seamaster was developed specifically for divers and professionals who worked underwater. More than half a century later, the Seamaster 300 is reintroduced in a completely upgraded and enhanced form.
With the Seamaster 300, Omega introduces two new in-house Co-Axial movements. The 8400 and 8401 calibres. They boast all the accuracy and reliability of Co-Axial predecessors but also include revolutionary anti-magnetic technology; Master Co-Axial timepieces are resistant to 15,000 gauss and are offered with a four year warranty.
The watch is available in an impressive selection of metals; platinum, titanium, steel or a mixture of 18ct gold with either titanium or steel. This understated classic also features sapphire crystals to the front and back of the case, allowing an unobstructed view of the movement and the diving scale is made of either “Liquidmetal” for the steel and titanium models and “Ceragold” for the 18ct version.
The bracelet features Omega’s patented rack-and-pusher clasp, which is adjustable to six different positions making it possible for the watch to fit over the sleeve of a diving suit. The bracelet can be adjusted by pressing a button concealed inside the clasp and sliding the inner clasp to the desired position.
Omega Speedmaster Mark II
1969 was a memorable year. The astronauts who took those first steps on the Moon were equipped with OMEGA Speedmaster Professional chronographs.
The same year, OMEGA introduced the new-look Speedmaster Mark II, a timepiece with a streamlined case that was powered by the same space-tested, hand-wound calibre 1861 found inside the Moonwatch.
This year, OMEGA has reintroduced this classic Speedmaster Mark II and updated it to include an automatic movement and tachymetric scale that is visible in the most limited light – a first in the iconic Speedmaster family.
The watch has a polished and brushed stainless steel case which is distinctively barrel-shaped and has a polished crown and pushers. A flat scratch-resistant sapphire crystal protects either a matt black or grey dial, behind which is a self-winding chronograph movement with column wheel,
Co-Axial escapement and a silicon balance, and in addition to all of that, the watch is chronometer certified.