In its capacity as a watch manufacturer, Omega is most renowned for its highly technical approaches to the art of timekeeping. However, a simple glance through their catalogs reveals that the Swiss firm also possesses a fine sense of aesthetics and functionality.
Proof of this was provided by the Tourbillon Co-Axial Master Chronometer, released last year. The new bracelet design for the revised Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 42mm was yet another notch in the figurative belt for the brand.
Omega is forging forward with a series of new releases for 2021, all of which are intended to freshen the company’s current line by incorporating new materials, colors, and case sizes. The Seamaster collection, which has been a staple for decades, has seen the most significant increase this year; the manufacturer is also expanding its range of dress watches, which now has a new dial layout for those who prefer formal timepieces.
While the Seamaster 300 isn’t typically considered the most essential model in the Seamaster series, its significance in Omega’s history cannot be overstated. The Seamaster 300, the first of the company’s timepieces to include a dive bezel, made its debut in 1957 alongside the Speedmaster and Railmaster as part of a “Master” trio of sports watches that had the Speedmaster and Railmaster. In the intervening years, the Seamaster 300 has gone through various revisions, with the most current being a Bronze Gold model available in 2021.
Bronze Gold is Omega’s newest unique gold alloy, created by combining copper, gold, gallium, and palladium to provide a more distinctive color that distinguishes it from its other gold alloys, Sedna Gold and Moonshine Gold, which are already available. The presence of gold, which accounts for 37.5% of the total weight of the alloy, permits it to survive corrosion and the production of verdigris. On the other hand, Gallium and palladium aid in the regulation of Bronze Gold’s patination, ensuring that the color remains constant with that of the underlying alloy.
Along with the new Seamaster 300 Bronze Gold, there are two revised steel models to choose from, each with a dial-in, either a black or blue color scheme. Other notable characteristics of the Seamaster 300 include a sandwich dial structure and a lollipop second hand, both of which are brand new (for the stainless steel watches). The coaxial Calibre 8912, a no-date version of the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS)-certified Calibre 8900, is the heart of the new Seamaster 300 series. The new Seamaster 300 series is available now.
Constellation is one of Omega’s more visually distinctive lines, thanks to its Art Deco leanings and unmistakable griffes around the bezel and case’s perimeter. According to the manufacturer, the Constellation Small Seconds will now be available in a wider range of dial colors and configurations, enabling different varieties within the line.
Some of the new references include two-tone alternatives, such as Sedna Gold combined with steel, as well as the option of having timepieces with full-cut diamonds set around the bezel and little seconds sub-dial, among other things. In addition to mother-of-pearl dials, the whole gem-set clocks are also available. The light chestnut dial of the two-tone timepieces, on the other hand, will be included with the timepieces.
Omega De Ville
By using a thin case and a straightforward design language, the Omega De Ville collection inspires a sense of simplicity and refinement. De Ville Trésor Power Reserve and De Ville Trésor Small Seconds are two new series that will be introduced by Omega in 2021 to further enhance the appeal of the Trésor collection. Both watches have a redesigned dial layout. The former features a pair of sub-dials at 12 and 6 o’clock, indicating the power reserve and running seconds, respectively, while the latter does not. Fortunately, with the De Ville Trésor Small Seconds, the number of sub-dials is reduced once again to a bare minimum (running seconds).
The De Ville Trésor Power Reserve is available in steel, yellow gold, and Sedna Gold. In contrast, the De Ville Trésor Small Seconds is only available in steel, with the option of a gem-set bezel on the case-back and bracelet. Dial colors include black, silver, blue, burgundy, and green. The case size for both series is a very comfortable 40 millimeters. In addition, a manual-winding coaxial movement that is METAS-certified provides exceptional precision and mechanical performance in a very wrist-friendly package.
Seamaster Aqua Terra
The Seamaster Aqua Terra has long exemplified versatility and wearability, striking a balance between sporty pleasing aesthetics and high-quality engineering and construction.
The fairer side of things has been updated in the collection this year with new wave-embossed dials that are complimented by gem-set bezels and indexes, among other features. These new dials are available in pale pink and nude, and they are paired with leather straps in the same color family. The Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer Ladies’ Collection will also include a smaller 34-millimeter case size, which will add to the delicate charm of the new watches when they were released in 2021.
Seamaster Diver 300M
The Seamaster Diver 300M was designed from the ground up to withstand the rigors of ocean exploration, and it has been considered a real dive watch since its introduction in 1993. The Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black is available in various color options, including an all-black ceramic facade in its most recent version.
Omega used ceramic to make a black version of the Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black’s dial, case, crown, strap clasp, and helium escape valve, relying on the material’s durability for the construction. The black PVD indices, skeleton hours and minutes, hands, and an integrated black rubber strap all contribute to the overall look of the timepiece. Almost every Seamaster Diver 300M Black Black feature has been laser-ablated to create a positive relief effect, creating a contrasting three-dimensional aesthetic for the timepiece that also improves dial legibility.