There are two new Worldtimers on the market, which actually translates to three as they wear different strap options, and these aren’t just two more Worldtimers, they are the new Omega Aqua Terra Worldtimers.
Among the new variants, there are two that wear a stainless steel case that joins the other two that already exist in the collection, also in steel, and a new one that has a titanium case and which is a debut in the collection in the world timer version.
However, there are two more novelties, the first is that all new variants now come with a ceramic bezel and the second is that the representation of the Earth in the centre of the dial is now made using the laser-ablating technique.
But let’s go by parts, and starting with the most complex version, in titanium whose dial in black and grey tones is entirely built by laser ablation, and not just the shape of the Earth seen from the North Pole, with the only exception of the inscription of the city of London whose red hue is hand-painted. Also adding blackened indexes and hands filled with Super-LumiNova that glow blue in the dark.
The “two” new steel versions feature a green PVD dial whose hue extends to the bezel and comes with a brushed finish, 18k Moonshine Gold applied hour markers and hands.
All the remaining layout of the dial compared to the previous versions in steel and gold are maintained, namely the bi-colour 24-hour ring in the middle centre, which is now painted half in white representing the daytime hours and the other half in black featuring the night time, two outer rings with various world cities inscribed in gold including Bienne, the birthplace of Omega, and the city of London in red marking Greenwich Mean Time, and a date window at 6 o’clock that closes the dial.
The titanium version is attached to a textured black rubber strap with a titanium butterfly clasp while the two steel versions feature one a steel bracelet and the other a green rubber strap with a steel clasp.
Inside, they are equipped with the powerful Caliber Co-Axial Master Chronometer 8938, which operates at 25,200 Vph and offers up to 60 hours of power reserve.
The introduction of a new variant in titanium is a nice move for the brand when we see more watches arriving daily in this light, resistant and anti-allergic material. The same happens with the new green dial steel version that now works as an alternative to the previous steel version with blue dial.
The addition of the ceramic bezel on the case and the Earth “carved” by laser ablation on the dial undoubtedly enriches the watch and makes it more distinctive.
The prices of € 11,800 and € 13,700 for steel and titanium on strap versions reflect an approximate prize of € 1,000 and € 3,000 compared to the previous steel version which seems fair and easily justifiable.
If we had to choose one probably we would opt for the titanium version for the versatility of its monochrome colours, even recognizing that the green version in steel is much less boring than in titanium.
More information at www.omegawatches.com.
Model: Seamaster Aqua Terra Worldtimer
Reference: 188.8.131.52.10.001 (steel on bracelet), 184.108.40.206.10.001 (steel on rubber strap), 220.127.116.11.99.001 (titanium)
Dial: Green, black
Case Material: Stainless steel, titanium
Case Dimensions: 43 mm Diameter, 14.10 mm thick
Crystal: Sapphire Glass
Case Back: Sapphire Glass
Water Resistance: 150 Meters
Strap: Black rubber strap with titanium butterfly clasp, green rubber strap with steel clasp, stainless steel bracelet
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, world time
Frequency: 25,200 Vph
Chronometer Certified: Yes, by METAS
Power Reserve: 60 Hours
Price: € 11,800 (steel on strap), € 12,000 (steel on bracelet), € 13,700 (titanium)
Limited Edition: No