To Omega’s credit, the brand has never been overly reverent with its one truly iconic design, the Speedmaster: the watch that the Apollo 11 astronauts wore on their historic Nasa moon-landing mission in July 1969.
Frequent re-issues and commemorative editions are released but it’s when Omega reimagines the very first iteration of the shape, however, that the brand does the best.
Such is the case with the latest Dark Side of the Moon editions.
The twist here is the monochrome. Its ceramic case has a depth of tone and texture you simply don’t get with metal; it effectively sucks in light, thanks to a finishing process called “laser-oblation”. In low light, the Super-LumiNova hour markers and hands seem to float in the darkness.
Clearly taken with the popularity of previous Dark Side of the Moon releases, Omega has produced four variations for 2015: Pitch Black (basic with green Super-LumiNova); Black Black (all black, even the Super-
LumiNova, above); Vintage Black (heritage colour details); and Sedna Black (hands and inserts in Omega pink gold alloy).
Inside the case is Omega’s Calibre 9300 co-axial escapement movement, which uses printed silicon parts. All models are self-winding but will run for an impressive 60 hours off the wrist.
Dark Side of the Moon Black Black, £8,200, by Omega, omegawatches.com