There was a time not too long ago when it would have been possible to slip these brand-new Omega Aqua Terra 150m Master Chronometers on the wrist and take pictures of them as they sparkled live and longingly under Baselworld halogen lighting—how things change. As of last year, Omega, owned by the House of Swatch, kissed Baselworld goodbye, and Baselworld itself, while studiously avoiding any kissing or even handshaking, has canceled this year’s show due to the Coronavirus. As we hit publish, Swatch Group’s own show was meant to be taking place in Zurich, weren’t it for the hysteria surrounding the rapidly spreading virus.
But let that not prevent you from greeting the new 38mm and 41mm Aqua Terra in on-trend Blue and Green. New for 2020, these colors add to the palette which Aqua Terra already has of silver, black, and grey. If you have US$5,700 to spend on a quality everyday beater this could be the watch for you. The Aqua Terra is a robust, unpretentious diver with water resistance to 150 meters. It’s built to take the knocks but nonetheless exudes an immediate discernment whether in a suit or ripped jeans. It perfectly answers the brief for that perennial best-seller, the quality sports watch which is not too ‘look at me’, but with just the right amount of chronographic George Clooney charisma.
Omega has fitted the watch with a high-quality ‘red card’ movement, which means it’s officially certified as the industry’s highest standard by METAS. The caliber 8900 is a movement with Co-Axial escapement, high magnetism resistance (up to 15,000 gauss), a 5-year warranty and an accuracy surpassing the requirements of the COSC. The self-winding movement has a free sprung-balance with silicon balance spring, there are two barrels mounted in series, delivering a 60-hour power reserve, a second timezone function, and the date now at 6 o’clock whereas previously it was at 3 o’clock.
The subtly new-look dials feature a horizontal teak stripe pattern, a switch from vertical for the models of 2017, inspired, we are told, by the wooden decks of luxury sailboats. Which sailboats? Most probably the old school Italian Riva yachts, famous for their immaculate gleaming varnished woodwork back in the Carlo Riva era of the 1950s, of the type George Clooney sailed in sponsored Omega ads in 2017 while wearing the new look Aqua Terra template that these new models follow. Both dials, whether blue or green, are sun-brushed with rhodium-plated hands and indexes filled with white Super-LumiNova.
If you get bored with one strap style mix it up a bit. You can quickly change the personality of the Aqua Terra to suit the occasion. The watch comes with a stainless-steel bracelet and a choice of leather, rubber or NATO straps to perfectly complement your dial color, although other straps will cost extra, and I’d wager you’ll find a much better bargain than the $160 Omega wants for their NATO strap.
The 2020 Blue and Green versions of the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m Master Chronometer are ready to buy now. They will be priced at US$5,400 on a matching leather strap or US$5,700 on the steel bracelet. As with all Omega watches they come with a 5-year warranty.
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