Omega introduces the Speedmaster Chronoscope, a new timepiece that offers an innovative take on timekeeping.
Never heard the word Chronoscope before? We’re not surprised, but the meaning can be found in the word. Combining two traditional Greek expressions – Chronos, which means time, and Scope, which means to observe – the word refers to a tool that measures the duration between two points or events. And if that’s something you’re looking for in a stylish timepiece, you’re in luck with the arrival of the Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope.
The new timepiece not only looks brilliant but is packed with features. These include a tachymeter (and no it doesn’t track tachyons or hypothetical particles that travel faster than light, although that would be cool), which measures speed based on distance; a telemeter that measures the distance based on the speed of sound (which could be useful during storm season when you’re keeping an eye on thunderstorms); and a pulsometer that measures – you guessed it – your pulse.
Beating at the heart of this innovative 43mm Chronoscope is a manual-winding OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 9908 with a beautiful finish that’s visible through a sapphire crystal on the caseback. A standout feature is the design of the Chronoscope bridge, which boasts Geneva waves in arabesque, that start from the balance wheel instead of the centre of the movement – a first for Omega.
To improve the watch’s power reserve, Omega has also included twin barrels with anti-wear Diamond-Like-Carbon coating. Omega’s column-wheel mechanism ensures the accurate running of the Chronoscope’s multiple functions.
Heritage-inspired, the new Master Chronograph pays tribute to past Omega watches, with dials details in a “snail” design reminiscent of models from the 1940s. The 20th century also makes its mark on the leaf-shaped hands of each watch, as well as the “spiral” track pattern that elegantly runs beneath the Arabic numerals on the dial.
The new model is available in a series of styles, two with silvery dials and blued hands, two with blue dials and rhodium-plated hands, and two with silvery dials and black subdials with blackened hands. All feature Arabic numerals and anodized aluminium bezel rings in blue or black, and all come with a choice of leather straps in blue, brown or black, with steel buckles, or stainless steel bracelets.
An additional version comes in Bronze Gold, with an oxidized bronze dial with a special patina finish and opaline silvery subdials, a polished bronze ceramic bezel ring with tachymeter scale in “vintage” enamel, leaf-hands and numerals in bronze gold PVD, and a brown leather strap.
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