Nearly precisely 3 years in the past, Omega gave Speedmaster followers the most effective doable presents doable, the re-introduction of the historic Calibre 321, the motion that first outfitted the Speedy from 1957 to the late Sixties. This shall be adopted by one other necessary introduction, that of the Speedmaster Moonwatch Calibre 321, a watch that we extensively reviewed and named the Final Speedmaster. Immediately, Omega begins the 12 months with a brand new Speedmaster – similar to they did in 2021 with the brand new Moonwatch – and never only a easy color or materials evolution, however with the brand new Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold, a watch that’s all about luxurious and being true to the first-ever Speedmaster, the CK2915-1 of 1957 – inside and outside.
In 1957, as a part of a trilogy of watches, Omega launched the Speedmaster, its imaginative and prescient of a racing chronograph. Alongside this watch had been two different skilled fashions, the Seamaster 300 and the Railmaster. However the Speedmaster will at all times have a spot of selection, because it later grew to become the primary watch worn on the Moon. However for now, let’s bear in mind the earliest days of this watch, and principally the design of the CK2915-1. The principle attribute of this mannequin was to have, for the primary time, the tachymeter scale printed on an exterior bezel, and never on the dial. What makes the 2915 distinctive is the mixture of the symmetrical case with straight lugs, the Calibre 321 working inside, the brushed metal bezel and the Broad-Arrow palms.
All of those parts at the moment are introduced again with faithfulness, however in a much more luxurious package deal than earlier than, with the brand new Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold. Opposite to the Sixtieth-anniversary version, which was an nearly one-to-one copy of the CK2915-1, a minimum of visually, the Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus takes some liberties relating to the supplies, however compensate inside with a copy of the historic motion.
Marking the sixty fifth anniversary of the Speedmaster’s introduction, and primarily based on the Calibre 321 watch, this new mannequin is totally different from the metal mannequin in lots of, many features. First, its case is product of 18k Canopus Gold, Omega’s proprietary white gold alloy – identified for its shine and sturdiness. The case is right here formed and sized just like the 2915, with a 38.6mm diameter for about 14mm in peak. It respects the look and end too, with a mix of brushed and polished surfaces, a round brushed bezel in gold, straight lugs and angular form. The exterior tachymeter scale is right here obtained because of black grand feu enamel and options the historic show with dot over ninety (DON) and a dot diagonal to seventy.
The Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold is provided with a sapphire crystal, a concession to modernity but designed to imitate the traditional Hesalite look. It options pump pushers and a NAIAD image on the watch’s crown, and the water-resistance is rated at 60 metres.
The factor that the majority differentiate this model from the historic mannequin or something at present produced within the Speedmaster assortment is the dial. Certainly, the Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus incorporates a dial product of black Onyx, leading to an opulent, shiny and pitch-black distinction. It’s outfitted with utilized indexes and palms, in fact broad-arrow-shaped, product of white gold with a Canopus Gold PVD therapy and the three traditional Speedmaster subdials together with a small seconds show, 30-minute recorder and 12-hour recorder. An ode to the previous, it comes with the classic utilized Ω emblem and typography that includes an oval O for the Omega emblem – one thing distinctive to the CK2915. All the weather are full of luminous materials, in white for a extra fashionable look.
The sapphire caseback additionally comes with just a few distinctive options. It’s engraved with the traditional Seahorse and its eye has been produced from a glowing blue sapphire, a treasured jewel that historically marks a 65-year celebration. Beneath is the very good Calibre 321, a copy of the historic Lemania-based motion that outfitted early Speedmaster fashions. The motion, assembled by hand in a devoted atelier, reveals not solely the very same design and end, however can also be mechanically an identical, with solely minor updates. The motion nonetheless runs at 18,000 vibrations/hour however now has a 55-hour energy reserve. The traditional structure with column wheel and horizontal clutch has been retained too.
Lastly, to stay in line with the historic look, this new Speedmaster Calibre 321 is worn on a 19mm flat hyperlink bracelet in Canopus Gold, which is brushed and polished and incorporates a folding clasp with safety push-buttons and luxury launch adjustment system.
Availability & Value
The Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 Canopus Gold (ref. 322.214.171.124.01.001) is delivered in a particular, large-sized wood field. It isn’t a restricted version however its manufacturing shall be reasonably confidential, because of the hand-made motion, the luxurious supplies and the value. Speaking about this, it’s going to require EUR 80,000 (incl. 20% VAT) or CHF 75,000 (excl. taxes).
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