Introducing the Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope
If we had to look for the latest Omega Chronoscope, we should open the brand's archives and pick an Omega De Ville; interestingly, according to most marketplaces, the De Ville Chronoscope is quite sought-after, despite being "under the radar" back then. Today, Omega took the curtain off an incredible new collection, carrying the Chronoscope namesake and whose foothold belongs to the Speedmaster's. Also, it welcomes a unique and exquisite hand-wound Master Chronometer movement.
Tachymeter, Telemeter, Pulsometer
The new Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope combines Tachymeter, Telemeter, and Pulsometer thanks to the hallmark "snail" design whose layout was popular during the 1940s and beyond, when a timepiece was an instrument rather than a luxury accessory.
That Speedmaster-based template makes sense, thus extending the offering and avoiding any unwanted growth in SKUs and products. With that said, I'd arguably list the new Chronoscope among the usual range extenders. Mostly, it is a newly-engineered collection with an unquestionable Speedmaster DNA.
The case measures 43 mm across, making it the largest hand-wound Speedmaster in steel, yet it retains classic traits like the metal inlay on the bezel (if you opt for steel) while introducing an unexpected combination of snails pattern and applied Arabic numerals, with leaf-shaped hands on top. In short, it has a kind of vintage Chrono feel merged with the recognizable Speedmaster's proportions and looks.
The Omega 9908 calibre
Omega's Research and Development Dpt has engineered a new Master Chronometer certified hand-winding movement, coded as calibre 9908, showcasing a one-piece bridge with extensive "Côtes de Arabesque" waves whose origin seems located into the regulating organ; the outcome is a thing of beauty, which plays with the light. Also, the calibre's size is large, as it almost seamlessly fits the case.
The movement comes with two barrels, each treated with DLC to reduce wear over time.
The icing on the cake: the micro-adjustment system and Bronze Gold
The new bracelet, which initially appeared on the renovated Moonwatch, and tapers down to 16 millimetres, comes standard with a micro-adjustment system, a welcome addition proving the painstaking work carried out by Omega in their attempt to increase comfort and refinement further while pleasing the most demanding customer.
The collection also includes a premium Bronze Gold Omega Chronoscope, the second iteration for this patented alloy, paired with a ceramic bezel and contrasting vintage enamelled tachymeter scale. With the premium option excluded, the standard Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope comes in several choices in steel, offering panda or reverse panda dials, either in blue or black, on a bracelet or strap. At first glance, I'll pick the blue Chronoscope on a blue leather strap. We look forward to spending some quality time with the 2021 Omega Speedmaster Chronoscope, so stay tuned for more.
(Photo credit: courtesy Omega)
Gaetano C @Horbiter®