In the cluttered market of luxury watches, if there is one brand that has been able to repeatedly produce unique and innovative timepieces then it has to be Omega. Attesting to this fact are the two newly launched timekeepers — the Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime and the Speedmaster Chrono Chime — that are equipped with the most complicated movement ever made by the Swiss watchmaker. The Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 1932 is nothing short of a technical marvel as it offers fully integrated chronograph and minute repeater complications.
It took about six years for Omega to develop the latest movement in collaboration with its sister company Blancpain. The Calibre 1932 has been produced not by layering, tinkering or fitting new parts to old, but by fusing both chronograph and minute repeater functions together in one watch movement. Designed to chime the elapsed times recorded by the chronograph, and not the current hours and minutes like in a classic repeater, the movement required up to 17 patents and can withstand magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss, beats at the frequency of 5Hz, and displays 1/10th of a second. In terms of looks, the Calibre 1932 features both satin-brushed and mirror-polished surfaces and has been crafted from gold. As mentioned before, both the new watches come with the same movement.
The Omega Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime
Paying tribute to the world’s first-ever minute repeater wristwatch — made by Omega in 1892 — and the pocket chronographs used to time the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games, this new Omega watch is presented in an 18K Sedna gold case, which is shaped like a pocket watch with welded lugs. The case also includes a chime pusher at the 5 o’clock position and the split-seconds pusher at 11 o’clock. The Omega Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime has a “Grand Feu” white enamel dial, with a 925 Silver hand-made guilloché inner bezel and subdials in addition to an eye-catchy acoustic waves pattern.
The Omega Speedmaster Chrono Chime
Powered by the Calibre 1932, the Omega Speedmaster Chrono Chime is as charming to look at as the Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime. The 45mm timepiece takes its design cues from the 2nd generation Speedmaster — the CK 2998, which was the first watch to be worn in space — has been crafted from 18K Sedna gold. Apart from the bezel and crown, the case consists of a chime pusher at eight o’clock and a split-seconds pusher at 2 o’clock. The new Omega watch also features a blue aventurine “Grand Feu” enamel dial along with two sub-dials at the six and nine o’clock positions.