On The Prowl
January 14, 2017
For the past 5 years, the term #speedytuesday has been used by watch enthusiasts and collectors alike in showcasing their appreciation for Omega Speedmaster watches across the globe. In tribute to such activity, Omega released a limited edition timepiece, encapsulating the most popular elements of their iconic Speedmaster Moonwatch design from across the years (2017 marks their 60th annivesary).
Another limited edition, what’s so great about this one you might say? Well the difference this time was that all numbered pieces were quickly reserved within the first few hours of it being released to pre-order via the Omega website on Tuesday 11th January at 12noon Swiss time. In previous limited edition releases by Omega, it has always been tricky for the fans to secure a timepiece as precedent on waiting lists tend to go to Authorised Dealers or repeat customers who bulk buy to sell on privately at a profit. To combat this, Omega wanted to allow individuals the opportunity to purchase directly through their website, although not everyone was lucky enough to secure what will no doubt be another fabulous edition their Moonwatch collection.
Special features of the Omega Speedy Tuesday
The watch will be limited to 2012 pieces, marking the year when the phrase was first began. The design takes its main influence from the Speedmaster Alaska III model, which was produced by Omega for NASA in 1978. Unique features include the “reverse panda” white opaline-silvery sub dials set against the classic black main dial. The Omega logo appears in a retro vintage style and the glass comes in that of the iconic Hesalite crystal.
The watch movement will be that of the manual wind 1861 calibre, all housed in a 42mm case that has a matt finish stainless steel. The caseback has the coveted seahorse medallion stamped, plus includes a limited edition wording “Speedy Tuesday Anniversary, A Tribute to Alaska Project III” and “R A D I A L” along with the piece number. It will come with a brown leather strap with vintage look stitching and an additional black and white NATO strap. Presented in a leather watch roll with a strap changing tool as well.
We all agree that it will be one of the must have watches for this Summer, and those lucky enough to have reserved theirs will surely be grinning with pride when they collect it – Mr. Woolfe will be looking to get his paws on one too! Full technical info can be found at the official Omega website.
March 25, 2016
Team Woolfe boarded a plane bound for Switzerland to visit the premier world watch expo Baselworld to experience what the international horology brands had lined up for their new collections. Pretty much all the big brands were present and showcasing their Aladdin’s cave of unique treasures. As a watch enthusiast, I highly recommend that you attend as just being caught up in the hustle and bustle is an experience in itself and the exhibition space spanning multiple floors with indoor waterfalls at some of the exhibitors was impressive stuff.
So to the watches, well, each brand had their 2016 pre-release pieces in store and Mr. Woolfe was fortunate to see these all of them close up. Our top watches that stood out were:
1. Brietling Avenger Bandit in its grey stealth titanium finish inspired by the impressive military aircraft carriers of our time.
2. Tag re-introduced us to their Heur Monza, which certainly stands out with its return to the iconic black and red colouring. Racing pedigree celebrating 40 years of history.
3. Tudor Black Bay ranges, looking to distance itself from the shadow of its bigger brother Rolex in carving its own separate identity.
4. Rolex had its new collection on full display, with the Daytona Ceramic Bezel being the big crowd pleaser. The new Air King with its all new green and yellow logo surprisingly looked better in real life and actually carries in itself well as one of their more affordable timepieces. The Yachtmaster range was also spruced up with new editions – the platinum dial getting a baby blue colour hands adding a splash of brilliance, a perfect summer and all rounder.
5. Originality in the use of precious materials made an appearance with Bell & Ross showcasing their BR-X1 Tourbillon, the case and materials carved from a single block of Sapphire! Hublot also had a similar sparkling transparent limited edition with their Big Bang Unico Sapphire. Both amazing watches to look at, and no doubt will get conversations going in any room for any lucky owners.
6. Omega flaunted new editions in their Speedmaster range with the Moonphase Master Chronometer and one of our favourites the CK2998 with its panda style dial, rich navy tones and discreet variations like the lollipop seconds hand. A worthy tribute to the 1960 original version of the First Omega in Space homages.
7. Breguet Classique Hora Mundi 5727, although the 2011 versions that were on display with varying dials showing different continents Americas, Europe or Asia along with a moon-phase indication – still shone as classics.
8. And finally Patek Phillipe, showcasing what watch making is all about with its dual faces Grand Master Chime in white gold, labelled the as the most complicated watch of all time. Commanding a starting price tag in the millions, this was luxury craftsmanship at its best!