It was in 2013, 10 years in the past, when Omega offered step one in its unimaginable journey by anti-magnetism and accuracy. With a watch primarily based on the Seamaster Aqua Terra, the model managed to make a watch able to resisting to magnetic fields as much as 15,000 gauss… And this was the primary chapter in a narrative that later, mixed to all of the tech developed by the model and its co-axial escapement, introduced the Grasp Chronometer certification… To have fun a decade of precision watchmaking, Omega is now presenting a brand new chapter in its story, with a watch that feels acquainted visually (primarily based on a Speedmaster Racing) however that hides a brand new hairspring and high-quality tuning system – the Omega Spirate System – and an accuracy assured between +0 and +2 seconds/day – most likely a best-in-class for the trade. Meet the brand new Omega Speedmaster Tremendous Racing.
In 2013, Omega launched a watch claiming to have the very best stage of magnetism resistance of any manufacturing mechanical wristwatch. Immune to magnetic fields of over 15,000 gauss (or 1,000,000 A/m or 1.5 Tesla), the Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra exceeded the magnetism resistance of most if not all different watches, due to the usage of proprietary non-magnetic alloys for key motion parts. Certainly, it was the motion that was magnetic-resistant, with out the necessity for a particular protecting case.
Following that, Omega launched, collectively with Metas, the Grasp Chronometer certification, which has since grow to be a best-in-class certification, combining all areas of management on the watch – precision, magnetism and even origin of the elements and watch – with a claimed accuracy of 0/+5 seconds/day. All is defined in these articles right here and right here, and on this video.
The brand new step to achieve ever higher claimed accuracy is called Spirate. And it’s a model new spiral and fine-tuning structure, all for the sake of precision, as the brand new watch you see immediately has a claimed accuracy between +0 and +2 seconds/day. As a reminder, the concept of high-quality tuning a watch is to convey the frequency of the stability wheel the closest as attainable to the theoretical frequency – at 4Hz within the current case. That is accomplished by adjusting the screws on the balances, nevertheless it isn’t as exact as some watchmakers would need. The opposite manner is to behave on the stiffness of the hairspring, with an index or a swan-neck system.
Omega has a brand new methodology to high-quality tune the speed of a watch motion, with the Spirate. It combines a brand new silicon hairspring structure and a brand new eccentric tuning system, with a snail cam appearing on a versatile blade. This technique as an unprecedented finesse, permitting regulation as shut as 0.1 seconds/day, due to a graduated tuner – by some means taking again a few of the designs of outdated watches, with a snail-shaped index on the cock. The graduated tuner permits high-quality tuning on a scale of of 5 seconds, with increments of 0.1 seconds/day. It stays mixed with the co-axial escapement. The concept of Omega is to convey the Spirate know-how into extra assortment within the close to future.
The Omega Speedmaster Tremendous Racing
The remainder of the watch is slightly basic. This new Omega Speedmaster Tremendous Racing is an evolution of earlier Racing fashions – bigger, computerized, two-counters Speedies with trendy seems and hues. As such, the case stays an identical, with a 44.25mm diameter, a 50mm lug-to-lug and a 14.9mm peak. Fabricated from metal, it retains the basic asymmetrical look with lyre-shaped lugs, box-shaped sapphire crystal and brushed and polished surfaces. Water-resistance stays rated at 50 metres. The crystal is framed by a ceramic bezel with a yellow grand feu enamel tachymeter scale… all basic for the model and assortment.
The dial of this Omega Speedmaster Tremendous Racing is a little more particular, because it pays tribute to the 2013 Aqua Terra, with its mixture of black with yellow accents. The dial has a brand new, slightly cool grid/honeycomb sample. It has a sandwich development, with laser-etched prime plate with honeycomb sample and a DLC-coated decrease plate. It options utilized markers in yellow (with a brand new and unique Tremendous-LumiNova color) and the basic two-counter format of the Racing assortment – small seconds at 9 o’clock, chronograph counter with minute and hours at 3 o’clock and date at 6 o’clock. One other reference to the 2013 AT watch is seen on the small seconds hand, with its bee-like yellow and black stripes. Lastly, the date has a particular 10 quantity, as a nod to the last decade of anti-magnetism and precision.
Contained in the case of the Speedmaster Tremendous Racing is the calibre 9920, primarily based on the basic structure of the 99xx sequence. This computerized, in-house motion encompasses a double-barrel structure with 60h energy reserve, a column wheel, a vertical clutch and naturally, the co-axial escapement now mixed with the brand new Spirate System spiral. It’s in fact licensed Grasp-Chronometer and comes with the 0/+2 sec/day accuracy. It retains the basic 4Hz frequency of different calibres from the sequence.
The watch comes worn on the identical bracelet because the Chronoscope – 3-link structure, brushed and polished, with folding clasp. The bracelet measures 21mm on the lugs and tapers to 16mm on the clasp. The clasp has a micro-adjustment with a push-and-slide mechanism. It permits a couple of millimetres of adjustment (about 5mm) for warm summer season days. The presentation field additionally features a black and yellow NATO textile strap.
Availability & Value
The Omega Speedmaster Tremendous Racing (ref. 3126.96.36.199.01.003) with its Spirate System will likely be a part of the everlasting assortment and accessible as of August 2023. It will likely be priced at CHF 10,200. Extra particulars at omegawatches.com.
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