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Watches you shouldn't miss, from Omega, Bulgari, Casio and Jaquet Droz

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This year might be one of the most unusual ever when it comes to new watches being released. While brands were already seeking different ways to share their new releases with the watch-loving community, the global pandemic that we are still watching unfold has put a stop to almost any plans that brands might have had for the year. That means watches are being released in slow drops at the moment, not able to capitalise on the big moments such as Watches & Wonders or Baselworld where the industry is all in one place (though we did our best to make a moment with our coverage of Watches & Wonders Online). To make sure you aren't missing any of the new watches that are being released at the moment, we wanted to take a look at a few pieces that have been released a little more quietly over the last few weeks, including great pieces from Omega, Bulgari and Casio. Omega Aqua Terra, now in green and blue The Omega Aqua Terra is a crowd favourite for its clean design, bulletproof movement and comfort on the wrist. They have been produced in a range of metals and dial colours —… Read More

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Tasneem's Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch connects him to more people on earth than he knew before

This week's gone full Speedmaster. On Saturday, it was the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 13 mission, deemed to be a "successful failure", because there was indeed a major malfunction, but all astronauts on the mission lived to talk about it. I was very fortunate to have heard this story told by one of the men who played a part, US astronaut Jim Lovell – at the NASA Space Centre in Houston. In short, when all the astronauts had to cram into the lunar module to make it back to earth after an oxygen tank exploded on board, the Speedy played its part in helping Jim nail the precise moment to trigger and then cease a crucial 14-second fuel burn to get the module angled correctly to re-enter the earth's atmosphere. Using the earth's horizon line as a guide and his chronograph for the fuel burn, they successfully made it back home and Omega was awarded the Snoopy Award for their crucial role in getting the astronauts home safely. If that wasn't enough, we are also keeping an eye on the sale of an Omega Speedmaster belonging to a Russian cosmonaut that was worn in space. Nikolai Budarin wore the… Read More

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Bid now on a Russian cosmonaut's Omega Speedmaster, worn in space for 14 hours

Ever wanted to own an Omega Speedmaster that was actually worn in space? Is that the most rhetorical question you've ever heard? If so, a) get in line, and b) you're in luck, because online auction house RR Auction are offering just that – an Omega Speedmaster that has slipped the bonds of terra firma and glimpsed into the infinite blackness of outer space. Owned by Russian cosmonaut Nikolai Budarin, the flight-qualified timepiece was strapped to Budarin's wrist when he took part in several of the missions that were part of the fabled Shuttle–MIR space program between the United States and Russia. All told, Budarin wore this Speedmaster while performing three Extravehicular Activities (EVAs – any activity completed by an astronaut or cosmonaut outside a spacecraft beyond the Earth's appreciable atmosphere), including the STS-71 mission, which saw the first-ever flight and docking of a space shuttle to the MIR space station. Accompanying the extraterrestrial timepiece is a letter of provenance signed by Budarin himself, which reads: "I certify that the Omega Speedmaster Professional with the serial No. 48267771 was used by me during the flight of EO-19 on the space station MIR during intra station activity and during my three… Read More

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Watches you shouldn't miss, from Omega, Bulgari, Casio and Jaquet Droz

new watches omega bulgari casio Jaquet Droz

This year might be one of the most unusual ever when it comes to new watches being released. While brands were already seeking different ways to share their new releases with the watch-loving community, the global pandemic that we are still watching unfold has put a stop to almost any plans that brands might have had for the year. That means watches are being released in slow drops at the moment, not able to capitalise on the big moments such as Watches & Wonders or Baselworld where the industry is all in one place (though we did our best to make a moment with our coverage of Watches & Wonders Online). To make sure you aren't missing any of the new watches that are being released at the moment, we wanted to take a look at a few pieces that have been released a little more quietly over the last few weeks, including great pieces from Omega, Bulgari and Casio. Omega Aqua Terra, now in green and blue The Omega Aqua Terra is a crowd favourite for its clean design, bulletproof movement and comfort on the wrist. They have been produced in a range of metals and dial colours —… Read More

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Bored? Enjoy the power and the passion of Omega Museum Director Petros Protopapas in this incredible video from our vault

Omega Museum Director Petros Protopapas

There are many talented and passionate people in the watch industry. People whose daily work for their brand goes far beyond a job. Too many to mention. Watches, after all, attract and retain a certain type of person. And if you don't love watches, to your very core, the daily task of singly focusing on them will certainly become dry and your position eventually untenable. Yes, there may be many passionate professionals in our midst, but there is only one Petros Protopapas, Museum Director of Omega. We have caught this rare, and extremely colourful bird in full flight on many videos (pretty much all of them are on my epic Coronavirus Lockdown YouTube Playlist, which I'm unveiling in the next few days). However, the classic performance, the Oscar Winner in this mix, is that time he brought a suitcase full of irreplaceable Omega models down to Australia in 2014 for the 'Omega Night of Firsts'. Petros proceeded to tell stories about each and every one of the 12 watches. If you haven't watched this video, we can highly recommend it. It is not only informative, but a perfect demonstration of how powerful a passionate presenter can be. Those who attended… Read More

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Long read: Omega De Ville Co-Axial Escapement Limited Edition, a piece of watchmaking history

Omega De Ville Co-Axial Escapement Limited Edition

George Daniels is almost universally recognised as the greatest watchmaker of his lifetime, and even if you haven't heard of him, you might have seen evidence of his work on the dial of millions of Omega watches around the world — the words CO-AXIAL. His most significant contribution to watchmaking was the development of his co-axial escapement, the first serious step forward in watchmaking in more than 200 years, and was first put to work in the Omega De Ville Co-Axial Escapement Limited Edition. That's right, not much had changed in two centuries before Daniels began his work. His co-axial escapement was important because not only did it improve the accuracy of a typical mechanical watch, but it also vastly improved the mechanical efficiency of the movement so that it would need less regular servicing. Legend has it that Daniels woke in the middle of the night with a complete picture of what the escapement would look like, but really it was the cumulative efforts of 20 years of work that led him to develop his invention. In essence, the co-axial escapement was successfully able to eliminate almost all friction between the pallet fork and the escape wheel, an improvement on… Read More

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Why I rely on mechanical watches in the most extreme environments known to man: Victor Vescovo

Victor Vescovo

"To boldly go where no man has gone before …" For most people, that's just a hackneyed line from Star Trek. For Victor Vescovo, it's become a personal mission. Put simply, the American private equity investor is hell-bent on pushing his limits. He's the first man to have reached the deepest points of four of the Earth's five oceans, plumbing a world record depth of 10,925 metres when he made it to the bottom of the Challenger Deep last year. Having previously summited Everest, the 54-year-old is now the only man to have ever travelled to the planet's starkest extremities. But the two experiences were wildly different, Victor explains. "Climbing Everest is such a visceral, almost violent experience, because it's such punishment for your body, physically and mentally. When you get to the summit, you get this massive sense of relief and accomplishment. But the sense of danger is also there because you still have to get down. "Getting to the bottom of the Challenger Deep wasn't anywhere near as physically intense because I was safely cocooned in a titanium sphere. But mentally it was much more insidious. That came from knowing that I was so far down. I went down… Read More

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