For the fans of Omega, there is a new charmer in the block, a super luxury Omega in a platinum version including the dial bearing a “grand feu” enamel world map. This is a recent unique Omega watch in celebration the brand’s Aqua Terra line 15th anniversary. Speaking of limited numbers, there will only be 87 pieces of this Worldtimer so grab yours whenever you can. This is a very small number, to begin with, which is good for the collectors out there.
Usually, when Omega introduces these kinds of platinum watch, they almost always release a world time watch thereafter so there is, even more, a reason to look forward to. For now, we do not know of any plainer versions of the Aqua Terra Worldtimer so stay tuned.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer in platinum stands alone, it is indeed a beast of a complicated watch in itself. Being a pricey watch, what stands out is the precious metal that it is made of, platinum. At 43 mm for a complicated watch, it looks rather small but considering the people who will wear it, its elegance is the selling factor. The solid platinum case is a breath of luxury and so is the frosted dial that is decorated with a world map in vitreous enamel. The simple color combination pops up particularly the hands and hour markers that are in 18k yellow gold. If you are on an important business meeting, rest assured you will be noticed and your taste not taken lightly.
On the watch face, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer functions with a fixed cities disc and a 24 hour rotating home time wheel. The static globe is decorated in enamel but for its price, it would be great to see it animated. The seasons are easily distinguished using different colors for the cities – black means summer time, blue for the rest of the year. The unique element here is Bienne representing the GMT +1 time zone normally reserved for Paris or Geneva. This is not surprising since Bienne is the home city of Omega.
Powering the world timer is a Master Chronometer-certified movement cal. 8939. It sports patented alloys boasting of magnetism resistance to over 15,000 Gauss, in itself an industry record. It also boasts of METAS for its accuracy and functionality. Turning the back over, we can see through the exhibition caseback the rotor and balance bridge that are in 18k red gold. Normally we see brass components for steel watches but since the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer uses a precious metal case, we see the former.
Moving on, the watch, of course, comes in a luxe Omega leather strap. Over all, this world timer is an elegant piece of engineering. It appears complex but at the same very utilitarian presenting the world right on your wrist.
The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer Limited Edition (ref. 126.96.36.199.99.001) will be available at Omega retailers and boutiques starting December 2017. It is going to retail at US$48,600.
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