Watch manufacturer, Omega chose the splendid Mediterranean island of Capri as the venue for its latest press junket to promote the enhanced Planet Ocean Collection and the upgrade to in-house calibres 8500 and 9300 with silicon balance springs in all models. The new upgraded watches is great for underwater adventure and is equipped with unidirectional rotating bezels, helium escape valves and water resistance to 600 meters.
The combination of the in-house Co-Axial movements and the silicon balance springs that equip each watch in the new Seamaster Planet Ocean collection means that the watches are so stable and reliable that Omega offers them with a full four-year warranty. The new Seamaster Planet Ocean line, which was originally launched in 2004, includes a three-hander (in both 42 and 45.5 mm case diameters) and 45.5 mm chronograph model in addition to a slightly more feminine 37.5 mm version for women, all are fitted with the latest in-house mechanical co-axial calibers 8500/8501, 8520/8521 or the new 9300 (chronograph).
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.50mm Titanium Liquidmetal Chronograph
The star of the new Planet Ocean Collection is distinguished by its unusual mix of new materials. Its 45.50mm case is made of grade 5 titanium, meaning that this lightweight element has been alloyed with small amounts of aluminum and vanadium and is particularly hard. It can also be polished to a brighter luster than other grades of titanium. It has a striking blue ceramic bezel whose scaling and numbers are made of zirconium-based alloy called Liquidmetal. Omega says the hardness of the materials means that these two innovative materials will maintain their appearance indefinitely.
A lacquered blue dial compliments the blue ceramic bezel. This watch is presented on a blue integrated rubber strap, and it is also available with a titanium bracelet. The Titanium Liquidmetal Chronograph will launch in October, and the suggested retail price on the titanium bracelet will be $10,500.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.50mm Chronograph, Caliber 9300
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.50mm Chronograph is also equipped with the Omega co-axial caliber 9300, pictured above. This column-wheel chronograph has 12-hour and 60-minute counter hands placed on the same subdial at 3 o’clock. This familiar arrangement of the hands, which recalls the hour and minute hands on the main dial, enables intuitive reading of the chronograph. It also has a central chronograph seconds hand and a small seconds hand on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock.
The two chronograph control pushers function independently; accordingly, there is no risk to the chronograph mechanism as a result of inadvertent manipulation. Like Omega’s other in-house co-axial movements, the caliber 9300 features a decorative pattern known as Côtes de Genève in Arabesque. The hour hand can be reset without stopping the watch, so resetting while traveling does not affect accurate timekeeping. The brushed screw-in caseback has a sapphire crystal allowing a view of the original movement beneath.
The case is stainless steel case with a choice of bezels either in matte orange aluminum or matte black ceramic with matte black dials. There is also a version offered with a stainless steel bezel paved with 42 diamonds totaling 2.69 carats. The watch is presented with a brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet with Omega’s patented screw-and-pin system. There is also a choice of an integrated strap either in black leather or in black or orange rubber.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 45.50mm Chronograph, caliber 9300 will launch in June, priced at $7,500 with orange strap with bezel, and at $7,700 with black strap and bezel.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 37.50mm, Caliber 8520
This year Omega launches the first Planet Ocean models with 37.50mm cases, ideally suited for women who want the technologically advanced mechanical movement and diving features offered by the collection but prefer to wear smaller watches. There are 37.50mm Planet Ocean wristwatches in stainless steel with either black or white ceramic bezels that sparkle with 42 diamonds with a weight of 1.55 carats.
The selection of straps includes a choice of black or white integrated leather. The 37.50 mm Planet Ocean watches in stainless steel are also available with bracelets in the same metal.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 42.00mm, Caliber 8500
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 42.00mm divers’ watch is also available with a stainless steel case and a number of configurations. It is powered by the Omega co-axial caliber 8500 and is equipped with the Si 14 silicon balance spring. This model is also offered with a full four-year warranty. The most luxurious version has a diamond-paved bezel set with 42 diamonds weighing a total of 2.14 carats and a white lacquered dial.
The stainless steel Planet Ocean 42.00 mm is also available with a broad selection of bezels including matte orange aluminum or black or white ceramic. The selection of straps includes a choice of black or white integrated leather or black, white or orange rubber. The 42.00mm Planet Ocean watches in stainless steel are also available with bracelets in the same metal.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 42.00mm launches in June. The price on with an orange bezel and strap is $5,800, and other bezel and strap colors are $6,000.