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Omega is one of the greatest names in watchmaking, famous for walking on the moon, keeping time at the Olympics and for gracing the wrist of 007. They’ve been making some of the most robust, accurate and elegant timepieces on the market since 1848. Find out more about the many sides of Omega at Time+Tide.

BREAKING: Omega announce hot inverse panda ‘Speedy Tuesday’ Speedmaster limited edition, to be sold exclusively online

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*UPDATE, 7AM AEST – ALL 2012 ‘SPEEDY TUESDAY’ MODELS HAVE BEEN ‘TEMPORARILY ALLOCATED’. THE WEBSITE ADVISES THAT YOU PLEASE TRY (OR CRY) AGAIN LATER* Hashtag us #surprised because Omega, the brand that only just recently added prices to their site (!), has well and truly embraced the digital world, this evening – right this minute in fact – announcing three groundbreaking firsts for the brand. Before we begin, let us ask you a question. Have you ever tagged a watch on #speedytuesday ? If so, pat yourself on the back. You made this happen. Surprise #1: The “Speedy Tuesday” (yes, inspired by #speedytuesday on Instagram which was created five years ago by Fratello watches founder Robert-Jan Broer) limited edition will be sold exclusively online. Wait, what? Yes. No need to worry about missing your place in the dealer-controlled queue. If you’re online, you’re in with a chance. Missed out on a Snoopy? This one is all you. Why is Omega doing an online-community inspired LE? The official press release explains: “#SpeedyTuesday…has been steadily growing around the world with Speedmaster pictures and comments being shared every week. In tribute to these chronograph devotees, Omega is proud to introduce the new model that blends some of… Read More

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HANDS-ON: We did not expect the steel and gold Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Chronograph to be this awesome

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If, at the start of 2016, you’d have told me my favourite Omega of the year would be a two-tone Speedmaster (yellow gold no less!) with a green bezel, I’d have enjoyed a good laugh at your expense. I like a Speedy as much as the next guy, but I like them in the straight-up classical format, a la NASA. Well, fast forward a few months and you’ll have to excuse me as I wipe egg off my face, because here it is, my pick of the Omega 2016 litter – the Speedmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Moonphase Chronograph in steel and yellow gold. For me, the real lesson here is to never truly judge a watch until it’s on your wrist. The crush I had on this watch was instant, and real. Earlier this year, I’d seen blue and black versions of the model that were the Baselworld centrepieces, and I liked them. But this was different. There was an immediate, almost visceral reaction as I strapped it to my wrist. The grey sunburst dial, emerald green bezel insert, and yellow gold crown, pushers and bezel all work amazingly well together, adding up to a hefty dose of flash on the wrist, without being… Read More

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IN-DEPTH: The Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar, a wonderful watch ruined with wordplay?

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Story in a second Omega adds an extra hand, two millimetres and a whole lot of text to their Constellation-inspired Globemaster. The Globemaster was one of the breakthrough watches of 2015, and it would have been naive to think that Omega wouldn’t extend the collection. And, while predicting a calendar version would have been a pretty safe bet, no one expected it to look quite like this. Given that the collection will be hitting Australian shores soon, we thought it was time to take a closer look at the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar The dial When I saw the press images of this watch I was worried that Omega had taken one of the most handsome, heritage-inspired designs of 2015 and ruined it with wordplay. After all, there’s a whopping 21 words, albeit abbreviated words, on that dial. But in the real world, on the wrist, my worries about the dial faded away in about 90 seconds flat. That cursive, italic calendar text isn’t overly in-your-face. It’s a bit more distinctive on the white dialled model, but the contrast works. You know what really jars with me though? The radial flip. I’m sure there’s sound design theory behind changing the direction of… Read More

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BREAKING: Omega announce hot inverse panda ‘Speedy Tuesday’ Speedmaster limited edition, to be sold exclusively online

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*UPDATE, 7AM AEST – ALL 2012 ‘SPEEDY TUESDAY’ MODELS HAVE BEEN ‘TEMPORARILY ALLOCATED’. THE WEBSITE ADVISES THAT YOU PLEASE TRY (OR CRY) AGAIN LATER* Hashtag us #surprised because Omega, the brand that only just recently added prices to their site (!), has well and truly embraced the digital world, this evening – right this minute in fact – announcing three groundbreaking firsts for the brand. Before we begin, let us ask you a question. Have you ever tagged a watch on #speedytuesday ? If so, pat yourself on the back. You made this happen. Surprise #1: The “Speedy Tuesday” (yes, inspired by #speedytuesday on Instagram which was created five years ago by Fratello watches founder Robert-Jan Broer) limited edition will be sold exclusively online. Wait, what? Yes. No need to worry about missing your place in the dealer-controlled queue. If you’re online, you’re in with a chance. Missed out on a Snoopy? This one is all you. Why is Omega doing an online-community inspired LE? The official press release explains: “#SpeedyTuesday…has been steadily growing around the world with Speedmaster pictures and comments being shared every week. In tribute to these chronograph devotees, Omega is proud to introduce the new model that blends some of… Read More

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BREAKING NEWS: Omega launches eyewear collection, and we have a pair (with pricing)

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Omega is launching its first eyewear collection for men and women in partnership with Italian eyewear powerhouse Marcolin, the group behind brands such as Tom Ford and Balenciaga. Across all brands, Marcolin produced a staggering 14.3 million eyeglasses in 2015. Each model of Omega sunglasses will be made in Italy and come in two sizes and colour variations. We received a pair of the Wayfarer style sport sunglasses in Rio recently and noted the obvious quality of the glasses (the lenses are polarised and deflected the glare from the canoe slalom perfectly) as well as some interesting design nuances, including the Omega logo which has been integrated to form both a bridge and the nose pads Other evidence of Omega design DNA can be seen on the round oversized style of the Constellation model which references the iconic Constellation ‘claws’  in metal end pieces and with the faceted acetate frames said to be inspired by the Constellation’s ‘Pie-pan’ dial. “This is an exciting step for OMEGA because it leads our brand into new areas of opportunity. With our long history, there is real brand substance and authenticity to work with and we have ensured that it is truly represented in every pair of sunglasses,” chief executive… Read More

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VIDEO: “There are no mistakes.” Inside Omega’s timing room at Rio 2016

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Well, the blaze of glory is nearing its end. But before Rio 2016 crosses the finish line, we wanted to show you something really cool from behind the scenes of the official timekeepers. The ‘duck swimming on the lake’ metaphor applies perfectly to timing at a modern Olympics. To the naked eye, the duck – and the running race, or golf tournament, or swimming relay – moves smoothly, but beneath the surface, in the Omega timing room, there is activity, technology and, it turns out, some pretty eye-popping animations going on. Interviews with the CEO of Swiss Timing, Alain Zobrist and Omega chief executive Raynald Aeschlimann gave us a glimpse into the complexity that goes on behind the scenes to make simple and straightforward timing outcomes possible. And, while this image looks like a computer game, we can assure you it’s not child play. I asked a seemingly innocent question: “What happens when something goes wrong and equipment fails?” Zobrist was unequivocal: “There are no mistakes. We can hardly ask the athletes to run the race again.”

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MY WEEK WITH: The Omega Seamaster Diver 300 “Rio 2016” Limited Edition

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Look for a minute at your wedding ring. Do you like it? It’s hard to answer, right? And your answer, if you have one, is almost certainly less about whether you like the design or the material and a whole lot more about what it represents. It’s about the memories it holds. The person it reminds you of. I don’t mean to flake on this review (in the first paragraph, no less), but this is where I’m at with the Seamaster 300 “Rio 2016” Limited Edition I’ve had on my wrist this past glorious week. Seven days during which I fled a brutal Melbourne winter to land in balmy Rio de Janeiro to witness the world’s elite athletes compete at the Olympics. New friendships were formed, caipirinhas were consumed, wild carnivale dancing sessions occurred. IT WAS ONE OF THE BEST WEEKS OF MY LIFE. And throughout every precious minute, I was wearing this watch. But, putting the bias of good times and good associations (which you can get a little blast of in the video at the end) aside, let’s talk about it. My first impression was… wow! Colour! Lots of it. The truth is I like colour on my watches. I had a… Read More

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