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Omega Launches 18K Gold Ladies Speedmaster Edition

Omega has recently announced a special 18K gold editions of the Speedmaster Ladies models. One thing we like about this is the readable dial, which makes it easy to tell the time at a glance, plus the 38mm case size is arguably the best compromise for many ladies. Or those who identify as female of course. Here’s the word from their press office;

Blending classic Moonwatch design with refined feminine style, the Speedmaster 38 mm has become a popular choice with women across the world. Now, OMEGA is heightening the levels of luxury yet again by introducing new models in full 18K gold.

Set on a taupe-brown leather strap, the first model in the new selection has been created in the fiery red tones of 18K Sedna™ gold. The watch also includes a creamy silvery dial that follows the “cappuccino” style of previous models. This time, instead of contrasting brown subdials, OMEGA has kept the entire dial the same colour, adding to the pure simplicity of the design. To complement the look, there are also 18K Sedna™ gold hands and indexes, and a date window at 6 o’clock.

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Diamonds add an extra touch of luxury that makes this an ideal wedding anniversary or birthday gift.

The second model in the new collection is delivered in radiant 18K yellow gold, with an opaline silvery dial and a green leather strap. The hands are a mix of 18K yellow gold and green varnished, while the arrowhead indexes are in 18K yellow gold.

Customers can choose either of these elegant watches with the famous tachymeter scale set on an aluminium bezel, or an innovative dual bezel split between aluminium and an outer circle of 90 full-cut diamonds.

As well as featuring OMEGA’s unique Seahorse medallion stamped on the caseback, each of the golden timepieces is driven by the OMEGA Co-Axial Calibre 3330, and comes with OMEGA’s full five year warranty. The UK price is £15,175 and you can join the waiting list at the Omega website.

Show Me The Patrimony! Vacheron Constantin Are Happy to Oblige

You want Kardashian level luxury and have about 65K burning a hole in your tax haven bank account right now? Yeah me too, Hellish isn’t it? OK then Vacheron Constantin have your prestige wristwatch needs covered. Here’s the news on the Patrimony Moon Phase, limited edition model, just launched;

The Patrimony moon phase retrograde date model is joining the Collection Excellence Platine concept. Launched in 2006, it offers collectors exceptional watches in 950 platinum limited editions. Case, crown, dial, buckle are crafted from this metal, plus the alligator leather strap is hand-stitched with platinum and silk threads.

Entirely faithful to the spirit of the Patrimony collection, drawing inspiration from the watches created by the Maison in the 1950s, this timepiece bears has a minimalist aesthetic, with a 42.5 mm round case housing the self-winding Manufacture 2460 R31L calibre.

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The moon-phase disc, which can be admired through an aperture at 6 o’clock, is also in platinum with a polished surface on the stars and a grained texture for the moon circles imitating the visible irregularities of the lunar surface. The dial is slightly convex around its circumference and punctuated by applied 18-carat white gold hour-markers, appearing at intervals around a likewise white gold “pearl” minute-track. The baton-type hands are made of the same metal, blued for the date pointer for enhanced readability.
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Precision moon phase and retrograde date

The self-winding 2460 R31L calibre movement features a 40-hour power reserve. The transparent sapphire caseback provides a chance to admire this 275-part intricate movement, including the circular-grained surface of its mainplate and its openworks 22-carat gold oscillating weight, inspired by Vacheron Constantin’s Maltese cross emblem.

The moon phases are displayed through an aperture at 6 o’clock, graduated from 0 to 29½, serving to count off the number of days elapsed since the last new moon. This horological complication, known as the age of the moon, corresponds to the actual cycle of this heavenly body, which rotates around the Earth in exactly 29 days, 12 hours and 45 minutes. The precision moon phases mechanism requires a one-day correction only once every 122 years.

The second complication – a retrograde date indication by means of the central hand – occupies the upper part of the dial. To ensure user friendliness, all operations are performed via the crown: winding, date correction, moon-phase adjustment and time-setting.

It is an unusual dial design, with the calendar dates stacked in an arc at the top of the dial. The platinum case and light grey dial colour isn’t everyone’s cup of tea either. For something so fabulously expensive, (about US$67,000) and produced as a limited edition of just 50 pieces, it is perhaps a tad too laid back to make a bold statement. But then your humble scribe isn’t in the Premiership watch buyer class and many wealthy people now avoid flashy Rolex, Patek, Mille, Audemars, Hublot, Cartier and other brands as they attract professional and amateur thieves and vagabonds alike.

Good point.

Baltic Drops Its Aquascaphe 300 Bronze & Blue Gilt Model

Baltic watches just emailed some interesting news; the bronze blue gilt Aquascaphe diver model is now available. There’s a numbered run of on the first 300 sold too. Price is £663.63 on the Baltic website.

So many divers watches now have 44mm case sizes or more, but this one is a more modest 39mm, which may well suit many wrists. Naturally, the spec includes double-domed sapphire crystal, depth resistance down to 200m, plus screwdown crown protector lugs on the case.

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The case is made from bronze, rather than the usual 316 grade stainless steel that many indie watch brands favour. Bronze buckle on the strap by the way – nice touch.

You get a patina over time with bronze, which should add an extra level of interest for many true collectors, especially those who like to wear their watches in rotation. Love the sunray effect on the dial as well.

Inside the case there’s a Miyota automatic movement, which is a little bit disappointing at this price. Sellita SW200 would be more like it or STP-11? On the upside all Baltic watches are assembled in France, so this does offer a more hand-made, bespoke quality to the watch than something that is simply designed in Europe, but then outsourced to the Far East when it comes to assembly. Big difference.