03 Jul 2010

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal® Limited Edition: A Great Watch Takes A Great Leap Forward

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The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal® Limited Edition is a stunning blend of technology and aesthetics.

Like night on still water or the unexplored depths of the ocean – the Omega Seamaster  Planet Ocean Liquidmetal® Limited Edition watch is a thing of otherworldly beauty.  Working with Swatch Group researchers, the Omega product development team created a striking black ceramic bezel base in perfect counterpoint to its silvery numbers and scaling.  Further refinement is shown in the exact match of the dial to the bezel color.

The resulting aesthetics are only made possible by two new Omega technologies:  a zirconium based alloy called Liquidmetal® and ceramics. First, the ceramic bezel is superheated – resulting in a surface so hard that it takes an 8,000 watt laser ray to cut the cavities into the material.  Then the Liquidmetal® alloy is flattened under a concentrated pressure of five tons.  The resultant disk is heated, and the heated Liquidmetal® is pressed into the cavities in the ceramic materials.  The finished product is as beautiful as it is indestructible.

Moreover, the Omega team has solved a key problem facing dive watches: cosmetic damage to the rotating bezel. Previously, Omega relied upon bezels made of steel with colored and printed aluminum inserts. Through everyday use, the wearer could easily bring the bezel into contact with materials that would over time scar the aluminum. As one watch lover noted “while the new bezel might seem like a small upgrade to the watch, it is an important step in making a great watch even better.”

1948 marked the introduction of the Seamaster timepiece, and that is how many pieces are available in this limited edition set.  Die-hard Seamaster fans need not fear—aside from being a limited edition and the addition of the Liquidmetal® technology – this watch has the famed Calibre 2500 with Co-axial escape movement and self-winding  COSC Chronometer that they expect from Omega.  Divers will continue to rely on the timepiece’s well-designed dial and its water-resistance to 2000 feet.

The Omega legacy continues with this stunning new timepiece, priced at 52000 CHF (approximately $4895 US) and available only through Omega retailers.

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