Three new timepieces for your wrist; or the vaults.
Adding to Omega’s spread of limited-edition collectibles following the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing are two new watches celebrating the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The official sponsor and timekeeper for the event has presented the Seamaster Aqua Terra Tokyo 2020 and the Seamaster Planet Ocean 2020 (pictured) exactly one year before the games begin. The former sports a ceramic dial (an Aqua Terra first) in blue with a laser-engraved finish that echoes the pattern of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games emblem, a matching rubber strap, and is powered by the Master Chronometer Calibre 8900. The latter features a ceramic bezel with a Liquidmetal diving scale, with the number 20 filled with red ceramic in honour of next year’s Olympics, and a red-tipped seconds hand as a nod to the Japanese flag. This model houses the Master Chronometer Calibre 8800. Both are limited to 2,020 pieces.
If you found Breguet’s updated Marine models from last year elegant, but not quite sporty enough, the new full-metal models should sate those desires. Originally offered in gold or titanium with rubber or alligator straps, the three-hand Marine 5517, Marine Chronographe 5527 (pictured) and Marine Alarme Musicale 5547 now come with titanium bracelets to match their titanium cases. Lightweight, corrosion-resistant and meticulously finished (the links are satin- brushed and polished, just like the case and bezel), Breguet’s latest luxury sports watches are as practical as they are refined.
It is a little disappointing to see that Roger Dubuis’ emphatically dramatic Excalibur Knights of the Round Table IV doesn’t bring anything new to the – pardon us – table. While the first three in the series each depicted their knights and tables (i.e. hour indexes and dials) in wholly distinct ways, the newest piece to join the legendary lineup is simply a new colour variant of the third edition. But that’s not to say the watch isn’t impressive. The small rose-gold sculptures and translucent enamel (now in red instead of blue) are still magnificent to behold, and the self-winding RD821 calibre is still hand-finished to the standards of the Geneva Seal.