Baselworld 2016 officially begins tomorrow, but the press/media kick-off is today and so thus the new releases start flowing. I’m gonna start with look at the new revamped Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean collection, specifically the new SMPO 43.5mm “Master Chronometer” in black and orange. From this statement alone, Omega SM and SMPO fans in particular will probably already recognize the new case diameter (a nice notch down from the 45mm “XL” and now like the GMT), but of course there’s much more including a new movement (Omega Master Co-Axial 8900), new colors, and new materials like the combo rubber/ceramic bezel. More looks — including a short video — below.
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600m Co-Axial Master Chronometer
The 43.5mm stainless steel case has a black ceramic dial and attaches to a new patterned rubber strap.
For the first time, rubber has been blended with ceramic to create a new diving bezel. Here, orange rubber covers the first 15 minutes while Liquidmetal is used for the markings inset into the ceramic. The dial is also made in ceramic, black and polished as the bezel (look closely just above the “C0-Axial” marking at 6 ‘clock and you will see the “Zr02” inscription on indicating the ceramic composition). Applied indices, large arrow hands, orange 6/9/12 and a date window on matching black background at 3 round out the dial. It all comes together very nicely for me.
The OMEGA Master Chronometer 8900 provides the beating heart. Omega is putting a lot of investment behind the new Master Chronometer/ Master Co-Axial calibers — these are the next generation Omega Calibers that you will continue to hear and see a lot about in marketing, etc. with standard specs such as anti-magnetic, COSC certified, and more.
The new pieces will hit stores and boutiques across the world starting July 2016. Drop a comment below and share share your opinion on the new piece.