Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI
When Omega introduced the Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph Dark Side of the Moon Apollo 8, in 2018, it essentially released a modern take on the original Moonwatch, adopting the Dark Side of the Moon's ceramic technology on a classic Moonwatch. Although being less conventional than the newly marketed 321 or a Speedmaster Speedy Tuesday, the Apollo 8 is, in my opinion, a stunner. I wondered whether it represented a one-off project or the beginning of a new collection of ceramic made hand-wind Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch. All in all, an Apollo 8's case has exquisite craftsmanship, and pairing it with a hand-wound caliber makes it even more appealing. The great news is that Omega has today released the second chapter of that project, adopting that formula to a new timepiece to celebrate the partnership with the ALINGHI team.
The Alinghi logo is not new to watch collectors; the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI is the last in a row of several timepieces to showcase the signature "A" logo on dial or case back. However, it seems the partnership between the two Swiss brands is an enduring one, and the newly released Speedmaster is a not-to-be-missed piece if you're equally fond of sailing and everything America's Cup. The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI features a 44,25mm wide zirconium oxide case whose mirror-polished ceramic bezel stands out, thanks to a white-filled SuperLuminova® tachymeter scale. White is also the Omega logo engraved on the winding crown (they both glow green in the dark).
All the main letterings, like the Speedmaster logo or the "Tachymeter" wording engraved on the bezel, for example, are red and the same Pantone as the ALINGHI's. The logo stands atop an aluminum rotating disc placed in the counter at six; it is also replicated on the start-and-stop Chrono button. The top news is the Omega 1865 caliber. When Omega unveiled the Apollo 8, it debuted a new movement (along with a new industrial process), derived from the standard 1861, whose bridges were laser ablated to reproduce the lunar surface. They replicated this experiment with a different target in mind. The Omega 1865 and 1869 calibers are sister movements, showcasing different surface treatments. Since Carbon fiber composites and "honeycomb" structures are the mainstream materials adopted in today's sails' engineering, Omega's watchmakers reproduced such patterns anywhere on the movement.
The main plate and barrel bridge were given a honeycomb effect reminiscent of the ALINGHI TF35 catamaran's carbon hull. All other bridges come with a black carbon pattern, inspired by the material used for the boat's hull. Nothing other than a chronograph could be the preferred choice during a "match race." I think Omega has hit the nail on the head, introducing a sporty and uncommon take of the Speedmaster Moonwatch that sets wholly apart from space exploration, and celebrates a fascinating competition. The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon ALINGHI is already available and retails for Euro 10,300. For additional information, please visit www.omegawatches.com.
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Gaetano C @Horbiter®