Omega Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” Begins Olympics Countdown

Omega, official timekeeper of the Olympics for the 28th time since 1932, began its one-year countdown to the Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea, on February 8, with the installation of a special countdown clock at City Hall Plaza in Seoul. As per tradition, the brand also launched its first limited-edition timepiece devoted to the 2018 games: the Omega Replica Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018.”

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” is limited to 2,018 pieces.

The 43,5mm watch, which is limited to 2,018 pieces (again as per tradition), features the bold blue and red colors of the South Korean flag. The stainless steel case has a unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel that boasts a watch-world first: a polished blue ceramic ring with a diving scale that combines rubber and Liquidmetal, a proprietary alloy used on various uk replica watches made by the Swatch Group, Omega’s parent company. Red rubber is used for the first 15-minute segment of the scale, while Liquidmetal is used for the bezel’s minute numerals and indices, as well as for the luminous dot at 12 o’clock.

The dial is made of polished blue ceramic (Zr02), and features applied rhodium-plated indices. The indices, hour hand, and seconds hand are coated with a white Super-LumiNova that glows a bright blue in the dark; the luminous material on the minute hand and the 12 o’clock dot glows green instead of blue. Covering the dial is a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-glare treatment. The screw-down crown, to the right of the date window at 3 o’clock, has a relief Omega replica logo, and the helium-release valve at 10 o’clock is embossed with “He,” the chemical symbol for helium.

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The watch features the bold red and blue color scheme of the South Korean flag.

Inside the watch is Omega’s co-axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8900, with automatic winding and a 60-hour power reserve in two series-connected spring barrels. This movement — which famously debuted in the original Omega Globemaster in 2015 — is the first to receive Omega’s Master Chronometer certification, passing eight separate, rigorous tests over 10 days to meet standards for precision, endurance, and resistance to magnetic fields, as set by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (METAS). The new, alveol-patterned screw-in caseback, engraved with the words “PLANET OCEAN” and “LIMITED EDITION,” along with the limited edition number, has a sapphire window for viewing the movement, with the transferred words “PyeongChang 2018” and the Olympic Winter Games logo.

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The Omega Master Chronometer Caliber 8900 is visible through the clear caseback.

The Swiss Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” limited edition comes with a blue structured rubber strap with a blue and red rubber lining. It is packaged in a special presentation box, which also includes an extra stainless steel bracelet and a strap-changing tool so the wearer can quickly and easily switch from strap to bracelet and vice versa. The retail price of this ensemble is 6,400 Swiss francs.

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “PyeongChang 2018” is presented in a special collectors’ box.

Replica Omega’s new hashtag-inspired timepiece and a Tudor for lefties

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The hashtag that Omega Built

The story could well be titled “Swiss watch brand in social-media savvy shocker”. Because Omega has gone and launched a watch based on an Instagram hashtag.

Since 2012, thanks to Fratello Watches founder Robert-Jan Broer, fans of replica Omega’s Speedmaster chronograph (NASA’s preferred wristwatch, no less) have been sharing pictures of their beloved watches under the #SpeedyTuesday banner.

At noon on Tuesday January 10 2017, Omega decided to give its followers something really worth clicking the “heart” button for – a limited-edition “Moonwatch” Speedmaster Professional with reverse panda dial and luminescent radial subdials with “#SpeedyTuesday” on its black-and-white military-style fabric strap as a nod to the fans.

That’s the good news. The bad news is that the 2,012 numbered watches, which also count as the first Omega replica to ever be retailed on the brand’s own website, are now sold out. However, there is still an option to put your name down if a number comes up again.

It’s an amazing move on Omega’s part because it shows that finally the Swiss replica watch industry is wising up to the power of social media, not just in terms of pushing sales but in terms of building a community – lest we forget, bloggers extraordinaire Hodinkee and ABlogToWatch owe everything to this online buzz. However, it has only been recently that brands have started to build their own online personalities.

So, if you’re interested in expanding your tech-horo horizons, then some other watch brands well worth a follow (and a chat with) are Audemars Piguet, Zenith and those kings of gnomic German whimsy, Nomos Glashütte.

Anyone for #MinimatikMonday?

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The Tudor Pelagos waterbaby with a smart new “LHD” numbered series

Back in the early Seventies, the story goes that the French Navy’s elite frogmen made a special request to their watch supplier, Tudor: they wanted “left-handed” versions of their Submariner diving replica watches, which could be worn on the right wrist with the crown on the left for easy adjustment. Before, left-handed divers had had to make do by wearing their replica watches upside down.

Bringing this little-known quirk of its history to light, Tudor took everyone by surprise just before Christmas with a new edition of its modern-day Pelagos diving range, named LHD for Left Hand Drive. Crown duly on the left (enabled by simply turning the in-house automatic movement by 180º, turning the hands 180º the other way), it also comes with a tastefully retro “patina” colouration to the numerals in a nod to the historical inspiration.

The watches are all numbered too, which makes the identical pricing to the existing Pelagos (£3,020) mightily tempting. That you get a titanium beauty good to 500 metres down sweetens the deal further.

(Right-handers may apply, before you ask.)

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