This year marks the 15th anniversary of the iconic member of Omega family -Aqua Terra. To celebrate this occasion, Omega refreshed the classic model, and now we have the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer – a special limited solid platinum edition. Most of what’s visible is precious metal. The 43mm case is solid platinum, and the frosted platinum dial surrounds an enamel world map at the center, with cities of the world interspersed amongst the applied hour markers (done in 18k yellow gold). There is also a rotating 24-hour home time wheel. The cities are color coded: black indicating places that run on summer time, and blue for locations without summer time. Bienne — Omega’s home — replaces what is often Paris or Geneva for the GMT +1 time zone slot.
The world timer is equipped with the cal. 8939, a Master Chronometer-certified movement that, thanks to patented alloys, boasts magnetism resistance to over 15,000 Gauss, an industry record. It’s also tested for accuracy and functionality by METAS, the Swiss federal meteorological and measures institute. And because the watch has a precious metal case, the rotor and balance bridge are 18k red gold, replacing the brass components used on steel watches.
Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer Limited Edition (ref. 188.8.131.52.99.001) is limited to 87 pieces, priced at US$48,600. It will be available at Omega retailers and boutiques starting December 2017.