Month: April 2018
Presented yesterday in Basel on occasion of Baselworld 2015, the Omega Globemaster is the world’s first Swiss Omega fake watches certified as a Master Chronometer passing the stringent tests that are part of the certification process announced at the end of last year by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
In order to earn the Master Chronometer distinction, the finished watches – not just the movement – are tested for their precision during and after exposure to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 Gauss, for autonomy (functioning without winding, measured in hours) and for water resistance.
The characterising design features of the new Globemaster are its dial, which is created in a style that cheap Omega replica watches collectors have long referred to as a pie-pan dial, and the fluted bezel, an element that has decorated several famous Constellation watches.
The case has a diameter of 39 mm and it is water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet).
The Globemaster will be available in steel with a sun-brushed blue dial, in Sedna gold (a rose gold alloy which blends gold, palladium and copper) with a silver dial and in yellow gold with a silver dial. The date aperture at 6 o’clock respects the symmetry of the dial layout.
The eight stars on the caseback of the Replica Omega Globemaster watches not only signify eight of the most important precision records that OMEGA’s movements set in the 1940s and 1950s (with the cupola depicting the observatory where the precision competitions took place), they also represent the eight tests that a watch must pass to become a Master Chronometer.
The Globemaster houses Omega’s most advanced mechanical movement ever developed with free-sprung balance, silicon balance spring, two barrels mounted in series offering a power reserve of 60 hours, bi-directional automatic winding to reduce winding time, and resistance to magnetic fields up to 15,000 Gauss. The Calibre 8901 that equips the gold version differs from the movement of the steel version (Calibre 8900) for the gold rotor and the finishes.
The Omega Globemaster will be in Omega replica watches stores in November. Prices start at Swiss Francs 6,300 for the steel version and goes up to Swiss Francs 18,000 for the gold model. A 352-piece limited edition in platinum will also be available with a price of Swiss Francs 37,000. All price mentioned are before local taxes. Bracelet option available.
The newest James Bond movie, called Spectre, will hit theaters on November 6th of this year and, as we all have expected and anticipated, Omega Replica Classic has unveiled its latest official 007 watch, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond Limited Edition, to coincide with the film’s release. In this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, I reveal more about the new timepiece.
The dial of this new Omega Seamaster watch is inspired by the coat of arms of the Bond family, and Omega Replica Constellation says that the watch itself will be limited to the odd number of 15,007 pieces. The brand didn’t arrive at this number by coincidence, however: the movement used in the modern versions of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra, of which this watch is one, resists magnetic fields greater than 15,000 Gauss. Combine that with Bond’s famous “007” numeral and the “15,007” number makes sense. You’ll find this number on the dial and also on the back of the watch, which indicates the series number and the text “15,007 Gauss.” Personally, I very much like the contrast between the yellow and the blue elements on the dial.
The Omega Seamaster Aquas Terra James Bond Limited Edition has a 41.5-mm case and is powered by Omega’s automatic Caliber 8507. In addition to its anitmagnetic properties, the version of the movement, according to Omega, boasts a newly designed winding rotor inspired by the iconic James Bond gun-barrel motif. I will update the article with a photo when Omega releases it.
So who wants to bet that the new Omega Replica Seamaster Aqua Terra James Bond Limited Edition will end up playing a major role in James Bond’s latest adventure? Perhaps there will be a scene with a huge magnetic field, in which everything stops and is rendered useless except for Agent 007’s antimagnetic watch? Time will tell…
Omega Replica Hour Vision Watches is launching a new certification – Master Co-Axial Officially Certified – in partnership with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology. This new standard imposes more stringent criteria than the COSC, including tough demands in terms of resistance to magnetic fields. It will be open to the entire Swiss watch industry.
It had to happen. After the initial series, in 1999, of one thousand watches equipped with the now famous co-axial escapement, developed by George Daniels; after the first in-house movement to incorporate co-axial technology, in 2007; after the Master Co-Axial movement of 2013, able to withstand magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss, Omega only had one thing left to do: launch a new certification. Stricter than COSC tests, the Master Co-Axial Officially Certified standard will make its debut in 2015, once the multinational has settled into its new building, currently under construction, at its site in Biel. Swatch Group, owner of Omega, convened a press conference in Geneva just before Christmas to paint a clearer picture of what this new certification entails.
A national body
Swatch Group CEO Nick Hayek was quick to put the new scheme into perspective: “We could easily have taken a self-centred approach and simply publicised the new Omega Replica Constellation calibres,” he declared. “Instead of this, and in keeping with the group’s philosophy which has always been to defend Swiss watchmaking as a whole, and we have given ample proof of this in the past, we wanted this new certification to be open to everyone. No-one needs me to remind them how essential innovation is if our industry is to remain at the cutting edge, and on a global scale. But innovation is more than just a way of thinking. It requires investment in research and in production resources. This is also the message we need to get across.”
Needless to say, Swatch Group hasn’t contented itself with half-measures, particularly since changes made in 2013 to the statutes of Switzerland’s federal institute of metrology (METAS) allow it to collaborate on projects in the private sector. METAS, which rules on all questions concerning metrology, measuring instruments and methods, is a neutral and independent body that already works closely with the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres). Its involvement lends the new certification important credibility and legitimacy. “I’ll say it again: we wanted this certification to be available to the entire industry,” continued Nick Hayek. “Watchmaking activity by companies in the region must be associated with Switzerland and its institutions. The partnership with METAS has a large part to play in this. Make no mistake, competition is knocking on the door, whether from Japan, India or China. They are working on the same points that are uppermost in our minds, with the aim of carving their niche in high-end mechanical watchmaking. This is one of the reasons why this standard goes further than anything we have today.”
In concrete terms, the new certification is clearly focused on the negative effects of magnetism*, currently identified as the number-one enemy of the mechanical watch within Swatch Group. “What does someone who wears a high-end mechanical watch expect?” asked Raynald Aeschlimann, member of the extended Swatch Group management board. “First and foremost he wants precision over the long term; he wants his watch to function properly in all circumstances, and to be 100% water-resistant. Now, we have observed that watches are frequently returned to after-sales service for problems caused by magnetism, and these problems are increasingly commonplace in our present-day environment. Often, customers aren’t even aware of this. They think it’s a purely mechanical defect. This new certification carries on this line of thinking.” The bar has been set at 15,000 gauss, which is the average value measured next to a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner. This is infinitely greater than the current standard set by the Swiss watch industry (NIHS), which requires a watch to withstand 60 gauss in order to qualify as antimagnetic.
As the situation stands, only Replica Omega De Ville and its Master Co-Axial movement can lay claim to this new certification. Rolex and its Milgauss fall short of the mark. Hence there is little risk in the near future of empty order books for the COSC, particularly when brands such as Tissot and Mido are upping their game, now with some 100,000 COSC-certified watches. “Increased recourse to certification is in line with customer expectations,” Nick Hayek concluded. “At these price points, they know exactly what they can expect from a mechanical movement. This new standard should be seen as an additional guarantee as to the quality of the product.” A guarantee that will soon be offered, and possibly for a long time to come, by one single brand which has nonetheless succeeded in making it an official denomination.
When you think of Omega Replica De Ville, you probably think of their Speedmaster, Seamaster, Constellation and De Ville collections. Perhaps some exotic models like the Flightmaster or vintage chronometers like the 30T2 or Centenary models also come to mind. Omega did so much more than these models and collections of course. What to think about the first commercial diving watch, the Marine from 1932? The wrist sized tourbillon watch from 1947? The Co-Axial movement in a 1974 Speedmaster or a central tourbillon?
If you have ever been to the Replica Omega Hour Vision museum in Biel, you’ve probably seen the amazing collection of pocket watches, wristwatches and other timing devices. The museum is definitely worth visiting and I consider it to be the most beautiful mono brand museum around. Perhaps I am a bit biased though.
For those who are unable to take a plane to Zürich and then travel to Biel by train (or take a car), you either have to do it with the photos we showed you here or hope that the Omega Museum will come to you.
In 2013, we had a magnificent Speedy Tuesday event for our readers which included a number of special Speedmasters from the museum. Museum director Petros Protopapas was there with his team to talk about special Speedmasters and to answer questions from the crowd.
Last December, our colleagues of the Australian based Time+Tide website hosted an event together with Omega’s Museum to show a number of Omega Firsts to their readers and Omega Replica Seamaster fans. Museum Director Petros and the local Omega staff showed magnificent pieces from their heritage to the guests of the evening. Not only did Time+Tide take beautiful shots of the Omega Firsts, but they also did a wonderful 12 minute movie of the Omega Museum Director’s presentation.
Omega Replica Constellation chose Baselworld to present the Globemaster, the first watch to meet the new Master Chronometer standard. Fitted with Co-Axial Calibre 8900, it withstands exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss and is precise to between 0 and +5 seconds a day.
Slowly but surely, Omega spins its web. The Co-Axial escapement, invented by George Daniels but developed for industrial production by Swatch Group for Omega, marked the first step in its ascent. In 2007, after nine years of development, the Co-Axial escapement, billed as being more energy efficient than its Swiss lever counterpart, was incorporated into Calibre 8500, Omega’s first exclusive movement, with the subsequent addition of a silicon balance spring. Calibre 8508, presented in 2013, was a new milestone. Key components are made from non-ferrous materials, prompting its claim to be the first genuinely antimagnetic movement.
Until then, the only effective barrier to magnetic fields had been to protect the movement inside an inner soft iron case which acts like a Faraday cage. A number of watchmakers, concerned with proposing reliable timepieces, introduced this type of device into their ranges as of the 1950s. Rolex was one, with its Oyster Perpetual Milgauss from 1956, followed two years later by Jaeger-LeCoultre and its Geophysic, and IWC‘s Ingenieur. Omega was already in the running with its Railmaster, released in 1957 and able to resist a magnetic field of 900 gauss.
Tougher than the COSC
As far as Omega was concerned, this was just a beginning. While the rest of the horological world appeared to have sidelined problems of magnetism in watches, even as we introduce more and more objects into our lives that give off a magnetic field, in December last year Omega’s executives revealed what the brand had been up to. They announced a new certificate developed with METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology. Its criteria exceed those imposed by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) whose approval is most widely sought by Swiss watchmakers. All that remained was to put a face to this new standard, which is precisely what Omega did in Baselworld. Globemaster is a brand-new line whose watches are the first to have successfully negotiated METAS testing and emerge with the words “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” on their dial. Fitted with Co-Axial Calibre 8900, they withstand 15,000 gauss and are precise to between 0 and +5 seconds a day. Better than the -4 to +6 seconds required by the COSC.
Just to hammer the point home, Omega Replica De Ville has promised that by 2020 all its lines will be Master Chronometer certified, except the Speedmaster Moonwatch as this would mean re-testing for NASA flight-qualification. “We have the technology at our fingertips; we have the machines and the qualified staff to make them work, yet this is still a sizeable challenge,” declared Omega Chief Executive Stephen Urquhart at Baselworld. “Especially as these developments will have no impact on the price of our watches.”
All for one or one for all?
Would it be fair to label the new Master Chronometer certificate a clever publicity stunt? Stephen Urquhart leaps to its defence: “Don’t imagine for one second that all this is simply part of a well-orchestrated marketing campaign. Magnetic fields are a genuine problem in watchmaking. I’m afraid I don’t have official figures to back this up but our own estimates, based mainly on information from our after-sales services, show that many of the problems encountered, in particular movements that run fast, are caused by components that have become magnetised. We now have an adequate solution that will certainly lead to far fewer watches arriving for repair.” And why not less frequent servicing for these watches, given their improved reliability, plus a longer, ten-year warranty…
Omega has certainly set the bar high. A magnetic field of 15,000 gauss corresponds to levels generated in the immediate vicinity of a magnetic resonance imaging scanner. In the current state of play, a watch qualifies as antimagnetic if it withstands 75 gauss. Standards are currently being reviewed, but the gap remains considerable. It wouldn’t be a great leap to suggest that this new certification is made-to-measure for Omega. Comprising eight criteria, beginning with prerequisite COSC certification, Master Chronometer measures the functioning and precision of the watch head and the finished watch, and of the fully and partially wound movement during exposure to 15,000 gauss, in addition to tests involving power reserve, water resistance and average daily precision in six positions replicating wearing conditions. “Master Chronometer certification is open to everyone, even if we are first to benefit,” says Stephen Urquhart. “The future will tell whether we took the right step!”
Replica Omega Hour Vision aims to gain competitive edge from Master Chronometer certification, which it is backing with the Globemaster’s extremely competitive price positioning. Design-wise, this new watch takes its cue from a 1952 Constellation with pie-pan dial. “We didn’t want there to be any room for confusion, hence the new collection,” Stephen Urquhart concludes. “This isn’t a vintage watch but rather a contemporary classic.” One which, according to the Omega boss, the brand’s partners have already adopted.
Omega De Ville watches have a history of several decades, which represent formal aspect of the brand. Even if you don’t want to buy watches of this brand, they are still worth understanding. Among the series, the Omega De Ville Co-Axial replica chronographs for men are classic.
The copy watches are equipped with the Co-Axial calibre 930 that is not common three-dial chronography. The fake watches only possess two small dials, one of which has two hands so as to measure a full 12-hour chronograph. Besides, you can start the chronography at noon or midnight as reference time, and then set the main chronography as the local time so that the chronograph can be used as the second time zone.
Besides, the movements of the cheap replica Omega watches are equipped with silicon balance-spring, and they can provide 60 hours’ power reserve. Especially, due to the transparent case back, the operation of the movement can be appreciated. Moreover, the design of two small dials is a very symmetrical, and the date aperture is especially set at 6 o’clock position.
The new Omega De Ville fake watches are available in a variety of materials, and the copy watches are made of steel with 42 mm in diameter, which are matched with white dials. The crown and buttons are a bit ordinary, and the case is polished with high quality, which is quite attractive. Moreover, the fake watches own 100 meters’ waterproof performance, which is very useful and makes the replica watches durable. Furthermore, the matched steel bracelet is exquisite so that the wearing is so comfortable.
In summary, with practical functions and remarkable performance, the replica watches are suitable for men in formal situations.
On April 17, 1970, the world cheap replica Omega watches as the Apollo 13 Command Module landed in the Pacific Ocean after an unexpected crisis occurred 200,000 miles away from Earth. Apollo 13 was the seventh manned mission in the Apollo programme and the third that was intended to land on the Moon – a goal that was dashed when one of the two oxygen tanks on the Service Module exploded on route. The mission was aborted and the astronauts completed a number of mid-course corrections in order to achieve the trajectory that would allow them to re-enter Earth’s atmosphere.
The Omega replica Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award pays homage to the unforgettable mission 45 years ago and celebrates the teamwork, quick thinking, ingenuity and courage that brought Commander Jim Lovell, Command Module Pilot Jack Swigert and Lunar Module Pilot Fred Haise home safely.
A closer look at the timepiece shows that Snoopy, the beloved dog from the Peanuts cartoon and a NASA mascot, decorates the dial and the caseback – a small tribute to the Silver Snoopy Award that Omega was presented with in 1970 in recognition of its contributions to the entire Apollo programme.
Classic black and white
The dial of the Swiss Omega fake Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award, inspired by the black and white comic strips printed in newspapers, is at once recognisable as the inverse of its legendary predecessor. The white dial contrasts the black varnished Moonwatch-style hands and the polished black ceramic bezel, which features a Super-LumiNova tachymeter scale. Super-LumiNova is also found on the central hour, minute and chronograph seconds hands. The luminescent material was used to make the indexes and their glow is enhanced by the black varnish that fills the indexes’ top cavities.
Words to live by
Distinguishing this limited edition timepiece are the two inscriptions that decorate the dial. Fourteen small squares between zero and 14 seconds on the dial come together to form a long comic strip, with the words “What could you do in 14 seconds?” written underneath. The question is a nod to the 14-second mid-course correction that the Apollo 13 astronauts timed with their on-board back-up timing device: the Omega Speedmaster.
At the centre of the dial is the quote: “Failure is not an option.” These inspiring words were spoken by actor Ed Harris who played Apollo 13 Flight Director Gene Kranz in the 1995 film about the historic mission, Apollo 13. A small image of a sleeping Snoopy painted on the dial with Super-LumiNova is positioned in the small seconds sub-dial at 9 o’Clock and it appears as if he is dreaming of the token phrase that is often used in association with the mission.
Among the most interesting and intriguing features of the timepiece is its alluring caseback. Protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal is a 925 silver medallion that resembles the pin that accompanied the Silver Snoopy Award that OMEGA received in 1970. The silver Snoopy is mounted on a plate of the same material and is surrounded by dark blue enamel. Silver powder is sprinkled by hand over the enamel of each individual caseback, giving the impression that Snoopy is floating in space. “SILVER SNOOPY AWARD”, “EYES ON THE STARS”, “45TH ANNIVERSARY”, “0000/1970” and “APOLLO XIII” are engraved in the stainless steel caseback in black.
The 42 mm stainless steel timepiece is presented on a black coated nylon fabric strap with white stitching and a foldover clasp. The Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award will be produced in an edition limited to 1,970 pieces. At its heart is the Omega calibre 1861, the same manual-winding chronograph movement that powered the legendary replica Oemga Moonwatches.
The replica Omega Speedmaster Apollo 13 Silver Snoopy Award is offered with a full two-year warranty and is water resistant to 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet).
Last year, to some fanfare, Omega Replica Seamaster introduced its new watch certification system, developed in cooperation with METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (you can read about it here). This week, at Baselworld, Omega introduces the very first watch developed to meet these “Master Chronometer” criteria: the new Omega Globemaster, which takes design cues from historical Omega Constellation watches.
The two major aesthetic features of the Omega Globemaster that fans of vintage Omega will appreciate are the “pie pan” dial, which echoes that of a vintage Constellation from 1952; and the fluted bezel, an element used on several vintage Constellation watches, most notably a collector-beloved model from 1968. The 39-mm case (available in stainless steel, yellow gold, two-tone steel and yellow gold, and Omega’s proprietary Sedna gold) has a brushed finish, with two polished bevels connecting the edges of the lugs to the bezel. The top ridges of the fluted bezel (which is made of exceptionally hard tungsten carbide on the all-steel model) have a smoothed finish. The sapphire crystal is domed and scratch-resistant.
The Omega Globemaster is available in two dial styles, with a silvered opaline dial (available on the steel, gold, and two-tone versions) and a blue sunbrushed dial (available on the steel and two-tone). Several strap and bracelet options are offered. The hour hands, minute hands, and hour indices are all treated with Super-LumiNova, and a date window appears at 6 o’clock.
Of course, the real story here is on the inside of the watch, where we find Omega’s Caliber 8900, the first “Master Chronometer” movement, so named because it meets both the official chronometer standards of the Swiss testing agency COSC, but also the criteria set forth by Omega Replica Speedmaster’s own METAS certification. To be specific, these are the the eight criteria measured by the latter process:
• The movement function during exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss
• The deviation of the watch’s running time in six positions
• The deviation of the watch’s running time between 0 and 2/3 of its power reserve
• The watch’s function during exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss
• The deviation of the watch’s average daily precision after exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss
• The watch’s average daily precision in tests replicating daily wearing conditions (six positions, two temperatures)
• The watch’s power reserve (autonomy – functioning without winding)
• The watch’s water resistance (tested in water)
Ultimately, the watch is required to perform within a tolerance of 0 to +5 seconds per day during and after exposure to the 15,000 gauss magnetic field to receive the Master Chronometer designation.
A final aesthetic touch, which pays tribute Omega’s history of high-precision timepieces, is found on the gold medallion set into the Globemaster’s sapphire exhibition caseback, which features an engraving of an observatory’s cupola — a reference to the site where the famed chronometry tests of the 1940s and ’50s took place — surrounded by a sky dotted with eight stars. The stars serve the dual purpose of referencing both the most important eight of those chronometry awards won by Omega throughout its history and the eight Master Chronometer criteria. Best of all, since the medallion doesn’t cover the entire caseback, the wearer still gets a view of Caliber 8900/8901 and its swinging Sedna gold rotor.
Omega Replica Constellation unveiled the movement and the watch at an event at Basel’s Von Bartha gallery this week during the Baselworld watch fair. Here are a few live shots of the Omega Globemaster taken at the event.
The new certification, known as the Master Co-Axial Certification will be applied to nice Omega replica watches produced by Omega by mid-2015.
Historically, the COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) is the de facto standard certification for watches. This certification involves very specific measurements, particularly timing of the rate of the movements.
One of the criticisms of COSC has been that the tests done seeks to bear absolutely no relation to a simulation of Replica Omega Seamaster watch behaviour and performance when worn. And as a result of this aim, the movements are not cased while being subject to the battery of tests. Another criticism, is that the parameters are easily met by almost all modern, well designed and manufactured movements.
Many other bodies have attempted to improve on the certification process. One of the most rigorous that we know of is the one done by the Qualité Fleurier certification. And yet others are the Bulletin d’Observertoire offered by various labs in France, Germany, England and Switzerland.
It is with interest that the Omega has now announced a new certification. To be known as the Master Co-Axial Certification, it is a collaborative project between the Swatch Group’s Replica Omega and Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The press release goes on to describe the conference.
As of now, it is still unclear what the details of this new testing standard involves. We understand, the certification will test watches, now cased and not just movements. And the watches will be exposed to 15,000 Gauss of magnetism before the tests are performed. Amongst the stated improvements include a more vigorous timing requirement of 0 to +5s a day, autonomy tests against stated autonomy and water resistance tests will also be part of the standard.
Is this just another attempt by a company to elevate itself into a class of one? This is not uncommon in the wine industry, the cheese industry. The use these terrior classifications quite normal as a definition of quality. For example, the designation “Champagne” can only be applied to sparkling wines made in the Champagne Region in France.
Some keen industry observers have remarked that we have also seen this restrictive, terrior style classification in the Patek Philippe Seal. Is Omega attempting the same? Or is it a genuine attempt by Omega, and its parent the Swatch Group, one of the industry’s largest, to push forward with a new standard of testing discount Omega replica watches and ultimately update or replace COSC. We await to see.
The House of Omega replica watches recently hosted a private dinner for members of the board of the Young Scientist Foundation at the heralded Omega Boutique on Fifth Avenue in New York City. The exclusive affair was hosted by key members of the organization’s leadership team who are also Replica Omega Constellation timepiece collectors.
The Young Scientist Foundation seeks to connect high school students with passionate mentors to provide unique career opportunities in science. This organization’s mission towards innovation mirrors cheap replica Omega’s ideology. The brand is thus proud to be part of it through a fundraising campaign kicked-off that evening, which will run for a couple of months at the boutique.