Following the success of the limited edition Dark Side of the Moon in 2013, Omega replica watches uk has pushed on with its research into high-tech coloured ceramics.
The repackaging job Omega has done on itself in the past seven years or so has been remarkable: moving upmarket, developing its technical prowess on all fronts and successfully making something as obscure (in the public mind) as an escapement the central tenet of its message of quality and innovation.
But it hasn’t always seemed all that fun. In particular, the fertile creative instinct that runs through much of Omega’s past – from pie-pans to Ploprofs to Flightmasters and right back to sliding cases and Petrograds – seemed absent. Or, at least, it was being channeled into materials and engineering, rather than design. Liquidmetal, silicon, Sedna gold – they all sound exciting, but the fake Omega watches uk using them were less so.
And then, 18 months ago, Omega seemed suddenly to loosen its tie. It started with the Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon: a bolt from the blue – or, rather, from space – that gave us an all-black speedy in full ceramic that was as sleek and suave as anything the brand had ever produced. There were re-editions of the deliciously ‘70s Seamaster Bullhead and Speedmaster MkII; then a Moonwatch this year in titanium and gold, with an extraordinary laser-etched brown-grey dial and brown Nato strap; while the De Ville Tresor gave us an equally unexpected, super-chic dress watch with a hand-wound Master Co-Axial movement.
Now this, a grey version of the Dark Side of the Moon. Both are versions of the Omega Replica Speedmaster 9300, itself a two-subdial, Co-Axial version of the classic Moonwatch. Which is a long way of saying that it’s all the same design really, but it’s extraordinary how so apparently rigid a blueprint as that of the Moonwatch can give rise to such satisfying variants.
It was going to be called the Lunar Dust, by the way, but given the existence of Romain Jerome’s Moon Dust-DNA line (containing bits of actual moon-rock), it’s Grey Side of the Moon instead. Again the case is hewn from a single block of ceramic, this time white ceramic that’s blasted at 20,000ºC in a plasma chamber (whatever that may be), and consequently turns grey.
Whereas the Dark Side’s dial was also of black ceramic, this one is in sand-blasted platinum, which makes the Replica Omega Classic watches a smidgeon more expensive. This dial has a rather pleasing tonality – lighter than the case/bezel and almost stony in effect, but with a pleasing sheen in certain light conditions. Dial and bezel markings are also enhanced with a powerful blue lume.
As with the 9300, the Moonwatch’s usual 6 o’clock subdial for chronograph hours is replaced by a date window, while the right-hand subdial has two hands for both hours and minutes. Turn the replica Omega watches over, and you have a thrilling 3D view of the movement.
I’d still pick the Dark Side of the Moon first, but this is a formidable alternative from a firm that’s regained its instinct for cool. Frankly, grey has never seemed so exciting.