Known as the dressier alternative to the professional dive watches in the Omega Seamaster line, the Aqua Terra collection has long served largely as Omega’s straightforward, time-only option with aquatic capability. New for Baselworld 2017, the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer collection introduces three new pieces that feature subtle changes in aesthetics as well as minor tweaks to the overall design.
Certain updates are common to all three of the new Aqua Terra models. First, the teak dial concept, which Omega states is intended to allude to the teak decking on luxury yachts, is now oriented horizontally as opposed to vertically. Also, the date window has been moved from three o’clock to six o’clock, as an homage to the original Seamaster Automatic Calendar from 1952. The new dials also feature less text leading to a cleaner appearance. In addition to these dial layout changes, the case itself has been reshaped and the crown is now a slightly conical shape inspired by the wave edge design found around the exhibition sapphire crystal on the updated caseback (that we, unfortunately, don’t have images of yet).
Previously known as the Speedmaster Moonwatch Master Chronometer, Omega took the decision to re-brand this particular collection, focusing rather on its own history for a motor racing opinion. The new version stays true to the center aesthetic of the group, with its alternating minute-track, and contains a 44mm case diameter.A variety of different colour options are available, while buyers also have the choice of either stainless steel or Senda gold. Among the strap options, which combines orange and leather rubber, has a very sporty look, while an aged brown leather strap is also available for those who would like a more classic look.Most Swiss luxury watch manufacturers are slow to accommodate the modern digital world, but as an influential mainstream brand, Omega now announcing online direct-to-consumer sales via its site is a signal of motion in the right direction. For the time being, the new e-commerce is targeted toward the United States only, but Omega says that “more countries will follow in the near future” – and we can expect that more brands across the industry will continue to fall in line since well.Until today, one had to pay a visit to a Omega boutique to purchase straight from the brand – and many subscribers are surely familiar with the process and concept, though they are surely also acquainted with different ways of purchasing watches. Omega’s announcement frames the reason for offering online shopping because the capability to reach more clients that might not live near a boutique. The pressure of this grey market, of course, is not specifically mentioned, but Omega CEO Raynald Aeschlimann claims that they “recognise that e-commerce is growing rapidly in the luxury sector and several of today’s customers use it as their primary method to store.” It is good that they realize that.
The first of the new men’s Aqua Terra series has a 41mm stainless steel and 18k Sedna gold case with a silver-toned dial and black outlined luminous hands and indices. This model also sports a brand new fitted strap with a Sedna gold center link. The second new Aqua Terra is a 41mm stainless steel model with a silver-toned dial with black outlined luminous hands and indices as well as orange highlights throughout. This model will come on a brown leather strap with a deployant clasp. The last of the new Aqua Terra series is a 38mm blue-dialed stainless steel model with rhodium plated luminous hands and indices. This model features a newly redesigned, fitted bracelet intended to better suit wearers with smaller wrists.
The new models are now powered by either the Omega Master Chronometer Caliber 8800 or 8900 which are both coaxial escapement, silicon balance spring-equipped, Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS)-certified movements with 55 and 60 hours of power reserve, respectively.
In addition, Omega Watches $500 Replica have promised a staggering thirty new ladies Aqua Terra models in 38mm, 34mm, and 28mm with the larger two case sizes also utilizing the Master Chronometer Caliber 8800. Although the changes in the Aqua Terra range are largely minor and cosmetic, Omega have subtly redesigned key elements like the case and bracelet and provided an upgraded movement across the Aqua Terra series to create a modernized take on one of their core offerings.
The Omega Watches Glasgow Replica Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Chronometer collection will range in price from 5,000 CHF for the stainless steel models to 7,400 CHF for the stainless steel and Sedna gold model. omegawatches.com