As we enter the second week of 2020, it seems as though things are ramping up in the world of watches. In the next instalment of our regular series, Watches of the Week, we have the latest pieces from the likes of Omega, H. Moser & Cie and Longines. Enjoy!
Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 'Ed White'
Previously made available only in platinum, Omega has released its famed Speedmaster Calibre 321 in a far more accessible metal, stainless steel. Drawing inspiration from the same model astronaut Edward White wore while becoming the first American to walk in space in 1965, the Speedmaster Calibre 321 'Ed White' measures the same 39.70mm in diameter with the same polished black ceramic bezel ring and tachymeter scale in white enamel. Plenty of other nods to the past adorn the Speedmaster Calibre 321 'Ed White', including the iconic "Dot over Ninety", along with vintage Omega logos and faux-patina used throughout to tremendously nostalgic effect. And the crowning jewel, the Calibre 321 featured in all of its glory, after extensive research and reconstruction by Omega, thankfully visible through the open sapphire caseback. A round of applause I believe is in order. The Omega Speedmaster Calibre 321 'Ed White' will be priced at $20,000AUD when released.
H. Moser & Cie Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic
Well, this come a little out of left field, didn't it? New from one of my favourite independent brands is its first automatic chronograph, the Streamliner Flyback Chronograph Automatic. Featuring a steel case with an integrated bracelet modelled on the notion of fluidity and continuous, flowing lines, the Streamliner's case is reminiscent of that of the IWC x Porsche collaboratory pieces. Ergo, really quite cool. It looks part-retro, part-art deco, and has a sort of funky appeal to it. The Streamliner is powered by the calibre HMC 902, developed in partnership with AGENHOR (who you may remember produced the movements for the Fabergé Visionnaire Chronograph and the Singer Track 1). All told, Moser states that the development of the Streamliner took five years. It's sporty, it's different and it's H. Moser & Cie thinking outside the box. Very, very cool stuff. The H. Moser & Cie Streamliner is limited to only 100 pieces and will be priced at $63,300AUD.
Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946
Longines seem to have found the formula of beautifully recreating its vintage collection. This knack of continuously hitting the nail on its head has continued with the brand's latest piece, the gorgeous Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946. Based on Longines' classic chronograph produced the 1940s, the Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946 has all the tell-tale signs of a typical homage piece. Featuring a clean opaline dial, Breguet-stylised Arabic numerals and lovely blued steel hands, all encased in 40mm of stainless steel, the Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946 does well to acknowledge the past but also to keep up with the times. The Longines Heritage Classic Chronograph 1946 is priced at $4,150AUD.
Oris Lake Baikal Aquis Limited Edition
Oris' latest piece was created to continue the brand's global conservatory mission of the world's water sources. The Baikal Aquis Limited Edition was created in partnership with Lake Baikal Foundation, the conservatory foundation created to support and preserve the world's deepest lake which holds around 20% of the world's fresh lake water reserves. The watch itself features a stunning icey-like blue dial that has a lighter graduation the closer you get to the centre.The caseback depicts the many ice crevasses made beneath the surface of the lake while it is frozen. Otherwise, the Baikal Aquis Limited Edition is a stock-standard Aquis, meaning lots of quality, durability and style. The Oris Baikal Aquis Limited Edition is limited to only 1,999 pieces and will be priced at 2,250CHF.
Edox Skydiver Military Limited Edition Bronze
New from is the Skydiver Military Limited Edition Bronze, a reworked version of the Skydiver that we featured here last year. The Skydiver Military Limited Edition Bronze features a striking aesthetic, with a 42mm bronze case, black ceramic bezel and black dial creating a look that is super appealing. Versatile enough to wear with virtually anything, the Skydiver Military Limited Edition Bronze pairs that malleability with an automatic movement, ensuring it not only talks the talk, but also walks the walk. The Edox Skydiver Military Limited Edition Bronze is limited to 555 pieces and will be priced at €1,490.