Hands-On With The Omega Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary, The First Ever Moon Watch In Titanium (with live photos and price)

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To mark the 45th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission that landed the first man on the moon, Omega introduced the first ever Speedmaster Moon Watch in titanium, with rose gold accents and an unusual laser etched PVD dial.

45 years after the Apollo 11 spaceflight that landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin – with Speedmasters on their wrists – on the Moon in 1969, Omega has created a titanium Speedmaster Professional Moon Watch for the mission’s 45th anniversary. Having marked practically every Moon landing-related anniversary since 1969 with a limited edition watch, Omega has a difficult task in making the next Moon Watch edition significant different. Surprisingly enough, the Speedmaster Apollo 11 45th Anniversary is enjoyably different.  The Apollo 11 edition has all the design elements of the classic Moon Watch. The materials used, however, are distinctly modern. To start with, the case is titanium, the first time the alloy has been used for a Moon Watch. That aside, it is identical to the traditional Moon Watch, with a 42 mm diameter and the signature lyre lugs.

Matte black ceramic is used for the tachymetre insert on the bezel, which is made of Sedna gold, a red gold alloy proprietary to Omega that does not fade with time.  What is most unusual about this watch, however, is the dial. The brass dial blank is first laser etched to create markings and text in relief, then sandblasted to create a grained texture, before being finished with a dark grey PVD coating.  Meant to evoke the surface of the Moon, the dial finish changes colour depending on the light and angle, ranging from grey to brown. But the colour also makes the chronograph sub-dials almost impossible to read.

All the hands and indices are also in red Sedna gold; the indices are wedge-shaped and faceted, making them very legible. Inside is the Omega calibre 861, the same Lemania calibre that has been inside every Moon Watch save for the very first models. It is hidden underneath a titanium case back engraved with the usual Moon Watch related text.

This is also the first Speedmaster to be delivered on a NATO-style canvas strap, in a brown-grey to match the dial.

The Apollo 11 45th Anniversary is limited to 1969 pieces with a retail price of US$7700 or 9950 Singapore dollars.

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Introduced at Baselworld 2014, the Omega Speedmaster Mark II is a remake of the 1970s chronograph of the same name. Aesthetically almost identical to the original, the new Mark II is nonetheless equipped with all the upgrades found in modern Omega watches, like the Si14 silicon hairspring.

Introducing Four Special Timepieces for Vacheron Constantin’s Moscow Boutique

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Vacheron Constantin has created four specials models with dark dials, including a one-of-a-kind Traditionnelle Calibre 2253 tourbillon with perpetual calendar in platinum, for the opening of its boutique in Moscow.

Vacheron Constantin has just unveiled four limited edition timepieces to mark the opening of its first boutique in Moscow, located at Berlin House. All are in white gold or platinum, ranging from the time-only Traditionelle Moscow Boutique to the unique Calibre 2253. In contrast to the regular production versions which typically have light coloured dials, these Moscow Boutique editions have black or dark grey dials. And they are further distinguished  by a pair of white gold cufflinks with a finish that matches the dial that accompanies each watch. The top of the line model in the Moscow Boutique series is the Traditionelle Calibre 2253, featuring a tourbillon, perpetual calendar, equation of time display and also the sunrise and sunset times for Moscow. Limited to just one piece, this has a 44 mm platinum case and a black opaline dial. Like all the other watches in the series, this is delivered with a pair of white gold cufflinks with onyx inserts to match the dial.

Limited to 30 pieces, the Patrimony Perpetual Calendar Moscow Boutique has a 41 mm white gold case with a black dial. Inside is the self-winding calibre 1120, based on the highly regarded ultra-thin movement first developed by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Similar in style is the Patrimony retrograde day-date Moscow Boutique, also in white gold with a black opaline dial. This, however, is limited to only 20 pieces. Inside is the in-house calibre 2460 automatic.

And the simplest timepiece of the series is notable for being the most different from the rest of the series. Also in white gold, the Traditionelle Moscow Boutique has a dark grey dial decorated with guilloche inspired by the facade of the Kremlin. The accompanying cufflinks have a similarly decorated slate-coloured insert. This is limited to 30 pieces. The movement is the same calibre 1120 found in the Moscow Boutique perpetual calendar.

Pricing for each Moscow Boutique edition will be similar to the regular production versions of each model.

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