EDGE OF STYLE. Omega has transformed the design of the Aqua Terra collection to give each timepiece a fresh new look
Back in 2002, Omega introduced a bold new range of timepieces to its famous Seamaster family. Known for their reliability both on water and on land, the collection was named Aqua Terra from the Latin words for both elements and to honor the spirit of the original Seamaster models.
Fifteen years later, the Aqua Terra line has evolved into a quintessential Omega collection. With stripes across its dials reminiscent of the decks of luxury yachts, these watches certainly have the looks down. More importantly, however, they also come with proven precision and can be taken just anywhere—from evenings on the shore to mornings on the open seas.
For the 2017 collection, some of the most popular features in the Seamaster Aqua Terra have been enhanced or subtly transformed. Starting from the case itself, the symmetrical design now includes a wave-edged caseback design. As for the dial, the 2017 edition of the Aqua Terra has been redesigned with horizontal patterns instead of the usual vertical. Next, the line’s simplicity has been taken even a step further with less wording and a repositioned date window—from three o’clock to its new position at six o’clock. For an even cleaner aesthetic feel, the depth rating above the date window has been replaced with an engraving that reads “Co-Axial Master Chronometer.”
Three new models have been made available. The first is a 41mm steel and 18K Sedna gold version with a silvered dial and a rubber strap, while the second is a 41mm steel version with a silvered dial, a bright orange seconds hand, and a brown leather strap. The final model is a 38mm version in stainless steel with a blue dial and an integrated steel bracelet. Unsurprisingly, all three models are stylishly sporty—perfect for nautical adventures and daily use alike.
What may come as a surprise—and definitely a delightful one—is that Omega actually has another, additional model to introduce: The Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer Master Chronometer Limited Edition. This is, actually, the Swiss brand’s first ever worldtimer, with a circle of global destinations printed in red (for London, which is at GMT+0), black (for cities where the clock is moved forward one hour in summer) and blue (for places without daylight savings). Omega’s home city of Bienne (GMT+1) is also included.
The exterior of the watch is sand-blasted with platinum-gold and features 18K yellow gold indexes and hands that are coated in Super-LumiNova. Finally, a sapphire crystal central dial with a hand-crafted enamel world map enhances the watch’s global travel theme. This exquisite view over the North Pole is surrounded by a 24-hour indicator.
Besides being exceedingly complex in design, the Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer has the special distinction of being a Master Chronometer. This means that the watch and its calibre 8939 movement has reached the industry’s highest standards for precision, performance and magnetic resistance as determined by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). With only 87 pieces available worldwide, this wonderful timepiece and the whole new collection is certain to offer years of pleasure.