Omega’s Seamaster Aqua Terra has always provided the perfect balance between sophistication and ocean spirit. In the new Master Chronometer collection, some of the most popular features have been enhanced or subtly transformed to give the timepiece an added edge of style and a refreshing new look. The first notable change can be found in the Aqua Terra’s teak concept dial. Modelled after the decks of luxury yachts, it is one of the watch’s most defining features. For this collection, the teak pattern now runs horizontally, as opposed to vertically. The date window has been moved from 3 to 6 o’clock to add symmetry to the design and is a tribute to the design of the Automatic Seamaster Calendar from 1952 – the first Omega watch with a date window.
To maximise this idea of symmetry, the cases have been reshaped for a beautifully balanced look. If the dial appears cleaner and simpler, that’s because Omega has taken away the ‘water-resistance’ wording and engraved it on the caseback instead. A new conical crown completes the makeover, inspired by the wave-edge design found on the caseback.
The collection is currently made up of three models. A 41 mm version made from stainless steel and 18K Sedna gold features a silvery dial with black hands and indexes as well as a black rubber strap, something that is new to the Aqua Terra, which is aesthetically integrated into the design of the case by a link made from the same material.
The 41 mm stainless steel model on a brown leather strap includes a silvery dial with black hands and indexes and a varnished orange seconds hand. There is an orange ‘Seamaster’ inscription on the dial, complemented by orange numbering on the minute track at the 15, 30, 45 and 60 second points – the four cardinal points linked with sailing navigation and the traditional compass.
The 38 mm version comes in pure stainless steel with a deep blue dial and rhodium-plated hands and indexes. Importantly, Omega has again achieved a better integration between the case and bracelet. Not only does this improve the aesthetics, but it also provides a better fit for wearers with slim wrists.
Turning the watches over reveals a wave-edged caseback design with sapphire-crystal, through which is visible the Omega Master Chronometer calibre 8900 or 8800. These impressive movements that power each of these, along with the watch itself, have been awarded the highest level of certification for precision and performance as approved by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The watches come with Omega’s full 4-year warranty.