If you're considering buying yourself a nice new Omega, you could do a lot worse than taking a look at the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds. However, you wouldn't want to take too long deliberating over your decision, as the fabulous new piece is only available in two highly limited editions.
Crafted in either 18Kt rose or white gold, the Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds will be limited to just 88 pieces in each version worldwide, so considering Omega's huge loyal following it wouldn't be too much of a stretch of the imagination to assume that fairly soon they will all be in the hands of collectors.
The new Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds is a massive 49.2 mm across but it's pièce de résistance for me is the stunning white enamel dial with vintage style arabic numerals, a recessed sterling silver small seconds subdial with guilloché at the 6 o'clock position and the blue steel hands which have been laser cut so that each hand is crowned with the iconic Omega motif. The effect of this combination of classic styling themes with modern production techniques is simply spectaular.
Power is delivered via the Omega Cal.2211 C.O.S.C. officially certified chronometer movement which itself can be observed through the sapphire crystal exhibiton caseback. It comes on an alligator skin strap with 18Kt rose or white gold tang buckle.
As Omega, under the captaincy of Nicolas Hayek, continues it's push upwards and break away from it's perceived image of entry-level luxury watches towards parity with the mighty Rolex, the quality of workmanship and design of many of their recent pieces certainly provide a solid basis for Mr Hayek's vision for the brand. The new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra XXL Small Seconds marks another step on the journey.
If I had one grumble, it would only be that the watch will only be available in the two 88-piece editions in their exotic metal and not a more widely available and durable stainless steel version. But then, that's the whole point of producing a desirable limited edition watch for the few loyal afficionados. It adds further kudos to the brand which already boasts millions of proud owners, including myself!