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Just over a year ago Omega announced that it has partnered with the celebrated Swiss yacht racing team Alinghi. On Tuesday this partnership produced a new timepiece, the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Alinghi.
Raynald Aeschlimann, president and CEO of Omega, says the watch demonstrates the same values and qualities that both partners share and the choice of using a Speedmaster reflects the speed of the boats as they hydroplane across water.
“The new watch is about two great Swiss brands combining their passion for innovation and sailing,” he said. “To match Alinghi state-of-the-art boat creation, we’ve harnessed some truly impressive technology, along with the best materials and a very original design concept.”
The watch is powered by the Omega Caliber 1865 manual winding movement. Aeschlimann says the movement is ideal for sailing crews due to its light and thin design. To enhance the movement, Omega took inspiration from Alinghi’s new TF35 catamaran. Using laser ablation, the mainplate and barrel bridge were given a honeycomb effect, similar to the interior of the boat’s carbon hull. The same laser removal technology was used to decorate all the other bridges with a black carbon pattern, also inspired by the carbon used for the boat’s hull.
For the overall color coding, Omega matched the watch with the Alinghi logo, which is red for passion and black for technology. This can be seen through its perforated black and red rubber strap, as well as the 44.25mm case in black zirconium oxide ceramic. The tachymeter scale is in Super-LumiNova and Alinghi logo is on the stop/start pusher, in red varnish.
Two of the watch’s subdials are worthy of attention. At 3 o’clock, a 4-minute or 5-minute tactical time display has been included in red, helping with precision on the water. At 6 o’clock, the traditional subdial design was replaced with a sandblasted and anodized aluminum disc, which features the Alinghi logo transferred in red. The team’s logo represents the letter “a” and is inspired by two boats churning the seas before the start of a match race. The logo rotates on the watch when the chronograph function is used.
“Throughout our history, we’ve been very aware of the watchmaker’s incredible expertise in sports timekeeping and passion for sailing. So, it is a very special moment to have worked on a watch together and now see the exquisite results,” said Ernesto Bertarelli, founder and president of Alinghi. “It’s the perfect start to our relationship and a real sign of more to come in the future.”
This experience and expertise in sports timekeeping, particularly in sailing events, was on display earlier this month when Omega announced that it will serve as the official timekeeper of the 36th America’s Cup yacht race that will be held March 6 - 21, 2021, in Auckland, New Zealand. For the occasion, the Swiss watch brand released the Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition.
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