Omega is continuing its pledge to protect our oceans with a new dive watch in partnership with U.K.-based Nekton, a non-profit research foundation committed to preserving the Indian Ocean. The new model, the Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Nekton Edition, features a polished-and-brushed stainless steel case fitted with a unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel in grade 5 titanium.
In 2019, Omega and Nekton began a series of missions, called “First Descent,” to explore and conserve the Indian Ocean, which will resume next year. Omega’s famous Seamaster divers’ watches and their heritage have played a key role in Nekton’s mission: the foundation even named its research submarine “Seamaster 2” in tribute to the late, legendary yachtsman Sir. Peter Blake, a passionate advocate of the ocean and a close friend to Omega.
“Our friends at Nekton are protecting the ocean with the global goal of 30 percent protection by 2030,” states Omega president and CEO Raynald Aeschlimann. “As a pioneering brand with a long history of pushing at the boundaries of what is possible, we have the utmost respect for this bold, confident vision and, we are thrilled to help make the goal a reality.”
The Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Nekton Edition features a laser-ablated, black ceramic dial, matte-finished with a polished wave motif in positive relief. The unidirectional rotating divers’ bezel comes in grade 5 titanium, replacing the LiquidMetal typically found on Omega’s Seamaster 300 models. Its laser-ablated 60-minute diving scale sports silver-colored Arabic numerals in positive relief, along with the traditional triangle-shaped marker at 12 o’clock.
The watch’s caseback features an engraved embossed Nekton submarine medallion, “NAIAD LOCK, DIVER 300 M,” lettering, and the watch’s water-resistance, as a tribute to the partnership.
Beating inside the 42-mm-diameter case is Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8806. The self-winding movement features a free sprung-balance with a silicon balance spring, holds a power reserve of 55 hours, and meets both the COSC chronometer certification standards as well as the METAS standards of magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss. The movement’s rhodium-plated rotor and bridges feature Geneva waves in arabesque, a familiar decorative finish for Omega calibers.
The new Seamaster is available in two models, one with an integrated black rubber strap with a polished-and-brushed buckle (pictured above right), or a stainless steel bracelet (pictured above left.) The watch (Ref. 126.96.36.199.01.002) retails for $8,850 and is available in October.
|Manufacture:||Omega S.A., Stämpflistrasse 96, 2504 Bienne, Switzerland|
|Model:||Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Master Chronometer Nekton Edition|
|Movement:||Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8806, automatic-winding, co-axial escapement, free-sprung balance, silicon balance spring, resistant to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss, rhodium-plated rotor and bridges, 55 hour power-reserve|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, seconds|
|Case:||Stainless steel, grade 5 titanium bezel and screw-in crown with helium escape valve, water-resistant to 300 meters (1,000 feet)|
|Strap & Clasp:||Stainless steel bracelet or black rubber strap|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 42 mm
Lugs = 20 mm
Colliding Contradictions Crack the NBA’s Political Facade
The world of sports has been upended by the pandemic, and as teams return to the field of play, they enter an environment that’s unfamiliar, with new rules, no fans, and abbreviated seasons. Those factors, combined with the simmering tensions of national unrest that have pervaded this long summer, have made for a period unlike any other in memory for sports fans, as players, coaches, and management at the highest levels navigate the dramatically shifting slopes of racial justice. It all came to a head this week in the NBA, after a police shooting in the home state of the Milwaukee Bucks, perhaps the championship favorites, sparked a new round of protests, and a dramatic and unprecedented walkout among players in the midst of a playoff run.
This feels like an historic time, and the Ringer has been documenting the situation in the NBA as well as anyone. This piece from Brian Phillips, published earlier this week, does a nice job of contextualizing the walkout, and shedding some light on the recent history of activism in the NBA that you might not be familiar with if you’re not a close observer of the sport, but is important to understanding where we are now. Be sure to watch the videos and listen to the podcast audio embedded here for reactions and analysis from members of the Ringer team.
Japanese watchmaking giant Seiko is introducing a new sub-family named Sharp Edge into its upmarket-focused Presage collection, set to hit retailers this September. The collection features four references, with unique dials made by skilled craftsman and artisans from four locations throughout Japan. It follows in the tradition of the brand’s 2019 Presage Arita Porcelain Dial models, using a new type of Arita porcelain that is “more than four times harder,” made by master craftsman Hiroyuki Hashiguchi.
The watch’s dial inspiration, a traditional hemp leaf pattern called Asanoha, comes from Japan’s Heian period (794-1185 AD); a symbol that represents “growth and prosperity,” it’s interpreted here by the pioneering modernist designer Riki Watanabe, whose designs have inspired past Seiko Presage models, most recently the Presage Cocktail Time editions. The dials’ sharply angled surface textures, which create subtle color gradations and catch light at varying angles, are a product of traditional Japanese artistry and lend the Sharp Edge models their name.
All four references come in 39.3-mm-diameter cases with screw-down casebacks, water-resistant to 100 meters (10 bar), encased in either stainless steel or rose-gold-plated steel. The three steel models all feature Seiko’s “Super-Hard” coating (which according to Seiko is an invisible coating that renders the surface relatively scratch-free as well as adding brilliance) and come in three dial colors — blue, green, or white — while the rose gold reference offers a brown-colored dial. The thin, stick-shaped hands and applied hour markers use Seiko’s “LumiBrite” material for easy reading in the dark.
Each reference includes a sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating, as well as a sapphire exhibition caseback displaying the 24-jewel automatic movement, Caliber 6R35. Made in-house, it offers a manual winding function, a frequency of 21,600 vph, a date display at 3 o’clock, and an approximate power reserve of 70 hours.
The stainless steel models come attached to a matching stainless steel bracelet, and the rose gold reference comes on a brown-colored leather strap. All four of the Sharp Edge models retail for $1,000 and will be available online through Seiko’s website in September.
|Model:||Presage Sharp Edge collection|
|Reference Number:||SPB165, SPB167, SPB169, SPB170|
|Movement:||Caliber 6R35, automatic with manual winding function, 21,600-vph, 24 jewels, 70-hour power reserve|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, seconds, date display at 3 o’clock|
|Case:||Stainless steel or rose gold-plated steel, hard coating, 100 meter water-resistance (10 bar)|
|Strap & Clasp:||Stainless steel bracelet or brown leather strap|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 39.3 mm|
For more information on Seiko’s 2020 novelties, click here.
The highlight of the Nature of Time Exhibit is surely the watches. In addition to having Grand Seiko’s full collection on display, there are a number of very special pieces to check out, including a Limited Edition GMT in partnership with Watches of Switzerland, two Sōkō Special Edition models, and a very, very special 60th Anniversary piece you won’t want to miss.
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