The traditional Moonwatch by Omega is without doubt one of the most iconic and laureled chronograph watches in historical past. It’s ceaselessly intertwined with the Apollo house missions, the moon touchdown and NASA. However for the reason that Seventies, the Speedmaster has made it right into a full-blown assortment and stays one of many pillars for Omega. New for 2022 is the introduction of two 18k Moonshine gold fashions, one in deep inexperienced, and one with a black-and-gold Panda dial. Listed here are the 2 Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonshine Gold.
We’re not going to spend an excessive amount of going by means of the whole historical past of the Speedmaster, as we’ve already shared the story in earlier in-depth articles (Half 1, Half 2, Half 3). As an alternative, we dive straight in with these two novelties and the particular alloy utilized by Omega. Moonshine gold is a proprietary alloy with a pale, yellow-ish shine that’s stated to evoke the lunar glow set towards a deep blue sky. It joins the 18k Sedna Gold and 18k Canopus Gold fashions launched in earlier years. Moonshine Gold has the next resistance to fading of color and lustre in comparison with conventional gold alloys. It’s composed of 75% gold, 14.5% silver, about 9% copper and 1% palladium.
The outside hasn’t modified one bit and nonetheless measures 42mm throughout and 13.18mm in top. The whole case is made with 18k Moonshine Gold, together with the bezel, and the crown and pushers. The bezel includes a ceramic insert in both traditional black or deep inexperienced. In each, the tachymeter scale (with Dot Over Ninety, or DON structure) is made in Omega’s Ceragold. On high, there’s a box-type sapphire crystal with AR coating on the within, and we discover a flat sapphire crystal set in an 18k Moonshine Gold caseback on the reverse facet of the watch.
Omega presents two evocative dials. The primary is probably probably the most putting, and has a “Panda” show, with a stable 18k Moonshine Gold stepped dial and black subdials matching the ceramic bezel insert. The second has a sunray brushed deep inexperienced PVD dial (not in stable gold), once more with the stepped design. Utilized indices are both totally polished in 18k Moonshine Gold, or coated in black PVD. The palms comply with according to the theme of every of the 2 now references, so black PVD coated for the Panda model, and polished 18k Moonshine Gold for the inexperienced watch. No matter which, the distinction between dial and palms is actually good. Naturally, all hour markers and palms are given a Tremendous-LumiNova insert in white, with a inexperienced glow at the hours of darkness.
Energy comes from Omega’s in-house made Calibre 3861, which we all know from the Metal, Sedna and Canopus Gold variations. This hand-wound motion wants little introduction and includes a column-wheel chronograph building. It ticks at a frequency of 21,600vph and as soon as totally wound has an autonomy of fifty hours. After all, it comes with Omega’s Co-axial escapement and Grasp Chronometer certification. It’s additionally price mentioning it’s anti-magnetic as much as 15,000 Gauss, partly because of the silicon stability spring. The ending is a mix of Geneva waves, round graining, rhodium-plating, gold-plated engravings, satin-finishing on the chronograph elements and polished and bevelled edges.
There are 4 references in whole, with every dial configuration out there on a full 18k Moonshine Gold bracelet with a folding clasp that has a fine-adjustment system to permit for some play in size. Alternatively, there’s a inexperienced leather-based strap out there for the inexperienced dial, and a brand new rubber strap for the Panda dial. The interior lining of the black rubber strap is given a lunar floor texture as a tribute to its historical past. The watches are priced at EUR 27,900 for the Panda dial on rubber strap, EUR 26,000 for the inexperienced dial on leather-based strap, EUR 36,500 for the inexperienced dial on bracelet, and EUR 38,300 for the Panda dial on bracelet.
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