A tribute to this unique sailing collaboration, OMEGA in collaboration with ALINGHI (a competitive sailing team was created in 1994 by Ernesto Bertarelli) debuts a brand new timepiece – the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI. Demonstrating the same values and qualities that both partners share, this new racy Speedmaster combines OMEGA's Swiss watchmaking mastery and their passion for sailing with ALINGHI's state-of-the-art boat creation history and expertise.
As the official timing partner of ALINGHI since 2019, this year marks the strong collaboration between the two brands. As explained by Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA, “The new watch is about two great Swiss brands combining their passion for innovation and sailing. To match ALINGHI’s state-of-the-art boat creation, we’ve harnessed some truly impressive technology, along with the best materials and a very original design concept.”
Inspiring the watch is the ALINGHI’s unique boat design. Talking about its mechanics, the watch is powered by the decorated Calibre 1865 whose groundbreaking decorations that resemble the ALINGHI’s new TF35 catamaran is displayed through the blackened skeletonised dial. The carbon fibre pattern that gives a honeycomb effect is used on some of the bridges and the mainplate using laser ablation. This is one of the most remarkable details of the watch. Crafted in a 44mm black zirconium oxide ceramic case, the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI is designed in a colour palette that matches the ALINGHI logo, which includes red to represent passion, and black for technology.
The black skeletonised dial, the notable ALINGHI logo on the stop/start pusher in red varnish, a tachymeter scale in Super-LumiNova on the bezel and sub-dial counters are a few areas where the overall colour coding of the watch is represented. On the dial, two of the watch's subdials are interesting; the 3 o' clock counter features a 4-minute or 5-minute tactical time display has been included in red that will help with precision on the water. The counter at 6 o' clock features a sandblasted and anodized aluminium disc, which features the ALINGHI logo transferred in red. The team’s logo represents the letter “a” and is inspired by two boats churning the seas before the start of a match race. The logo rotates on the watch when the chronograph function is used. Nifty, right?
Ernesto Bertarelli, Founder and President of ALINGHI, says, “It’s been an immense pleasure to collaborate so closely with OMEGA on this wonderful new timepiece. Throughout our history, we’ve been very aware of the watchmaker’s incredible expertise in sports timekeeping and passion for sailing. So, it is a very special moment to have worked on a watch together and now see the exquisite results. It’s the perfect start to our relationship and a real sign of more to come in the future.”
Keeping in tune with the overall theme of the watch, the OMEGA Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI is available in a perforated black strap with red rubber lining that emerges through the holes. Furthermore, the watch comes in a black and red watch box inspired by the timepiece and the design details of the movement along with OMEGA's full 5 year warranty.