When an archetypal brand releases a new timepiece, the horological world takes notice, but there is more to the new OMEGA Speedmaster Chronoscope than just an iconic name. In fact, speaking generally, the latest collection is absolutely loaded with features. Awe-inspiring with a vintage aesthetic, OMEGA has gone back to the drawing board for a watch that offers everything you could want in a modern chronograph, and so much more.
Seven variations of new OMEGA Speedmaster Chronoscope Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph were unveiled as part of the collection, each bearing an above-average 43mm x 12.8mm size. As you would expect from a premier OMEGA release, all three watches are METAS/Master Chronometer certified and come complete with a new co-axial hand-wound movement. Even that has been revamped visually, decorated with what the Swiss icon calls “arabesque” Geneva stripes, which are continued on the outer feet of the balance bridge.
Naturally, the new collection cops chronograph functions, with the customary Speedmaster tachymeter scale on full display, but for the Chronoscope, OMEGA has gone one better. According to the brand, the watches also feature a telemeter, a new precision tool can tell you exactly how far you are from something that is visible and audible, such as a lightning storm. It can even measure your own or someone else’s heartbeat through the addition of a pulsometer.
While the new additions are a big step forward for OMEGA in the innovation stakes, it must be said, the dial is quite busy, but that’s where the heritage-inspired design comes in. Paying tribute to the chronographs of the 1940s, the Speedmaster Chronoscope has the same detailed ‘snail’ design that fans have come to love.
The new OMEGA Speedmaster Chronoscope Collection is available in six stainless steel variations, two with silver dials and blued hands; two with blue dials and rhodium-plated hands; and two with silver dials and black subdials, with blackened hands. There will also be an additional model in OMEGA’s proprietary Bronze Gold. According to the brand, the alloy is 37.5 per cent gold, with some silver and palladium added to give the warmth of bronze but also protect against corrosion better than conventional bronze alloys.
But not everyone is loving the new look. Fans on social media have been quick to question the 43mm case size, suggesting a more traditional Speedmaster size of 38mm would better suit. That being said, with the oversized dial already jam-packed, a smaller case would almost certainly clutter the design. Just goes to show you can’t please everyone, even with a stone-cold stunner like the new OMEGA Speedmaster Chronoscope Collection.
The new collection ranges from AUD$12,725 for the Chronoscope Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 43mm on leather strap, through to AUD$21,450 for the Chronoscope Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph 43mm in Bronze Gold on leather strap. All models will be available in-stores from November 2021.