We’ll be honest. The Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang are about as important to Singaporeans as car heating is. We can’t think of any Singaporean who can get that caught up in the action without complaining about our weather here (that has gotten much, much warmer since the almost legendary days of cold). Thankfully, we’ve found one angle that we can appreciate – the timepieces.
Swiss watchmaker Omega, has unveiled three new timepieces to represent the winning medals presented to athletes at the Olympics. The new “podium” of watches is known as the “Seamaster Olympic Games Gold Collection” and is a fitting tribute, given the brand’s longstanding history as the Official Timekeeper of the Games since 1932. It is touted to continue until at least 2032, marking a full century at the event.
The collection features three different types of gold, produced by Omega, including a new form of white gold, named Canopus. The exclusive white gold alloy is 100 per cent noble (resistant to corrosion and oxidation in moist air) and boasts more brilliance, whiteness and longevity than the usual alloys. For all three models, one in 18k yellow gold, one in 18k Sedna gold and the other in 18k Canopus gold, the corresponding indices and hands are all made in the same material.
The dials however see eggshell white enamel with the iconic vintage Omega logo, minute track and Seamaster wording all in enamel as well. The casebacks of the watches feature an 18k gold ring that lists all the known host cities and dates that Omega has participated in the Olympics. Movement-wise, the Master Chronometer cal. 8807 powers each piece, guaranteeing a chronometer-certified movement with anti-magnetism up to 15,000 gauss.