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BaselWorld 2015 Omega – some relatively silent releases - 2015/06/13 by Dale Vito


Omega 2015 Novelties
Omega 2015 Novelties

 

While BaselWorld is already a good number of months behind us, there’s still information trickling in that previously either was not available or just plain escaped my attention. While today I’d like to focus on these four new additions to our Omega Watch Database, you might notice that I’ve uploaded quite a few more..

First up: the Omega Seamaster Bullhead Rio 2016 reference 522.12.43.50.04.001. This limited edition of 316 pieces is created in honour of the 2016 Rio Olympics and features the colours of the Brazilian flag, but blue taking a lead. It is said to be sold out already though.

Then there’s this: the Seamaster 300 in yellow gold reference 233.60.41.21.01.002. You might’ve not been aware, but previously ‘Sedna’ was the only option if you were looking for a gold faux-vintage diver. I actually like this classic yellow gold version more though. It’s also available with a leather strap – as are all other Seamaster 300’s.

This one I LOVE, saw, noted, but had no decent picture of: the Omega Speedmaster First Omega in Space Sedna Gold reference 311.63.40.30.02.001. It’s so stunning! This watch uses the same case as the regular FOiS, with the signature straight lugs and lack of crownguards. It’s now done in ‘Sedna’ gold though. Just like its stainless steel brother, this one is said to be numbered though not limited.

Last up – the Speedmaster Mark II reference 327.20.43.50.01.001 in stainless steel / Sedna. I vaguely remember seeing this one at BaselWorld but it seem to have forgotten about it. Two-tone is an acquired taste but this one actually looks quite restrained. Probably a fun watch for the summer.


Ceramic Speedmasters – The Full List 2015 - 2015/06/13 by Dale Vito


Omega Speedmaster Ceramic 2015 Full Collection
Omega Speedmaster Ceramic 2015 Full Collection

 

BOOM! You’re looking at the first full overview of the 2015 ceramic Speedmaster collection – at the time of this post, it is not even available at OmegaWatches.com…

While most of them were uploaded to our Omega watch database around Basel, the two diamond versions were not as we we’re waiting on the final reference numbers and ‘soldier shots’.  The first (and most surprising) one, reference 311.98.44.51.55.001, features a white ceramic case, a mother-of-pearl dial with diamond-set markers and a diamond-set bezel and its fitted with a white alligator strap. Controversial? Sure. I’m pretty sure it would look very cool on the wrist of the right lady, while it would take quite a confident man to pull this one off…

Another one that’s new to our database is of course the reference 311.98.44.51.51.001, a Speedmaster with a black ceramic case with diamond-set bezel and a deep black dial with diamond-set markers. It’s wrong. It’s weird. But somehow, I kinda dig it. Don’t judge!

Smaller news comes in the form of the Speedmaster Grey Side of the Moon reference 311.93.44.51.99.002 and Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon reference 311.92.44.51.01.003, both of which are identical to their earlier counterparts in all but the buckles; the new ones are fitted with a folding buckle in a mix of titanium and ceramic.

The four other additions we’ve covered before, but here are the links for the sake of completeness: Sedna Black, Pitch Black, Black Black and Vintage Black. That’s all folks!


Patek Philippe: Evolution of the 5270 - 2015/03/18 by Dale Vito


Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270 Versions
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270 Versions

 

There it is – the 2015 Patek Philippe Perpetual Chronograph ref. 5270R. The first 5270 in a metal other than white gold (apart from the 5971P) and the third attempt at a lay-out for the much-discussed dial.

I must admit I am somewhat lost for words. I don’t think there has been any Patek Philippe before that has had such major and fundamental changes to its dial design.

First there was the version sans tachymeter: the original 2011 5270G-001. It was the first perpetual calendar chronograph to be powered by an in-house movement: the newly conceived CH 29-535 PS Q.

Than in October 2013, the KunstWerkUhr 5270G-015 was introduced. This model featured a silver dial with blue accents and marked the return of the tachymeter. It was introduced to commemorate the Munich KunstWerkUhr exhibition, celebrating the history of Patek Philippe. On this limited edition of 50 pieces, the seconds track was designed to fold around the date scale at six, resulting in a design feature that would become known as the ‘double chin’.

The limited edition KunstWerkUhr was accompanied by the regular collection 5270G-013 with silver dial and the 5270g-014 with blue dial some two months later – both of them featuring said ‘double chin’.

At BaselWorld 2014 however, the diamond-studded 5971P was added to the collection. The date scale now overlapped the seconds track, doing away with the unusual design feature that caused so much debate. And now for 2015, there is the 5270R-001: a regular collection 5270 with tachymeter, though sans ‘double chin’.

So now what? It seems that Patek Philippe listened to the comments posed by its collectors and gave way to a more traditional design for the 5270. Filling the shoes left by the much-coveted 5970 seems to have been a task slightly underestimated..


BaselWorld 2015 Day 1: Thoughts - 2015/03/18 by Dale Vito


Omega Dark Side of the Moon Collection 2015
Omega Dark Side of the Moon Collection 2015

 

With day 1 of BaselWorld 2015 coming to an end, I think its time for a first recap. Below I’ll be posting some (perhaps random) thoughts on a few of the watches uploaded to the WatchBase database and I’ll try to do this more often – if I can find the time.

The 2015 Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon collection

Pictured above and consisting of the Black Black, the Pitch Black, the Sedna Black and the Vintage Black, I think it’s a bold and interesting move for Omega to release all four in one single take. Why?

If released four consecutive years, Omega would seem to be taking the easy way with changing minor details on a winning model. People, customers, WE, would probably tire of it rather quickly. With his new play however, Omega changes the game to an exercise in details, offering us an instant look into the mind of the manufacturer and the infinite possibilities that a canvas like the original Dark Side of the Moon can offer. It’s as if bloggers Photoshop dreams were made reality.

The Oris Divers Sixty-Five

Oris Divers Sixty-Five
Oris Divers Sixty-Five

 

This one I love. It’s a true product of passion. I first heard of this project back at BaselWorld 2014 when the Oris brand manager for the Netherlands -an avid collector himself- told me he was trying to convince his superiors to build a watch based on a vintage model in his collection. One year later, the outcome couldn’t have been better. It’s charming, it’s affordable, it’s cool. Plus it’s available on both a NATO strap (with folding buckle nonetheless!) as well as a Tropic, both of which are exceedingly awesome.

The Breitling SuperOcean II

Breitling SuperOcean II 2015
Breitling SuperOcean II 2015

 

With the 2014 return of the Colt with the signature Breitling bezel and the recent release of the Colt Chronograph automatic, one could easily see Breitling returning the SuperOcean back to its roots as well. However, the brand seems to be determined to give this line its own look, sticking to the bezel with rubber inlay as introduced back in 2010. However, for the dial, they now did look back at their heritage. And it looks good! While the B01 is a stunning movement, for the bigger part it’s this kind of reasonable priced watches that made Breitling for the last decade or two. I like ‘m. They’re now available in either 36, 42 or 44mm – and as is customary with Breitling, the options when it comes to case/dial/strap combinations are sheer endless.

The Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time

Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524G
Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524G

 

This one we admittedly scooped earlier just like the Oris Divers Sixty-Five, but who can resist commenting on THE Patek that is bound to stir some controversy in the coming weeks/months/years? I will stay to a macro level with my comments for the Calatrava Pilot Travel Time 5524G. Look at it this way – when a brand puts out to many models based on previous stuff, they’re often branded to conservative, lacking imagination, drawing to heavily on their heritage – this is mostly the case with Patek and Rolex. However, when and if introducing something DIFFERENT, it’s as if the world is set on fire – THIS? They can not possibly be serious! I applaud Patek for branching out and trying something different – although I’m not quite sure why they’d put in the Calatrava name. Yes, it’s something else. No, it’s not Patek Philippe as you know it. But it’s CASUAL CHIC in capitals. Sprezzatura in the Agnelli type of way.

The Patek 5270R

Skip it. This is too good. I’m writing a separate post on this one.

The Rolex Day-Date 40

Rolex Day-Date 40 BaselWorld 2015
Rolex Day-Date 40 BaselWorld 2015

 

This is just stellar. Those of you that know me know that the Day-Date is one of my favorite watches EVER. The Day-Date II in my opinion was perhaps not the best of Rolex’ releases. The proportions just do not seem right. With the new Day-Date 40 however, they seem to have found a way to fit the DD with a larger case without ruining its classics looks. I think its a stunner. Should I end here, or should we talk about the new movement, caliber 3255, that features no less than 14 new and patented technological solutions? As of yet, I’ve uploaded the four standard configurations – one for each metal: platinum, white gold, yellow gold and rose gold.


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