We all deserve gold right now whether it’s for making it through a challenging year or the sweat we put out in a home gym as we set out to improve our personal bests while maintaining some sanity sheltered in place.
A little later than planned, the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 opens next week, July 23. However, with a state of emergency declared in the Japanese capital last week, all spectators are banned from stadiums. This means we will have to watch the 33 sports at 339 events across 42 venues from our living rooms.
As the official timekeeper since 1932, Omega had already launched a number of celebratory editions in 2019 in anticipation for the Games. These included a 42mm Seamaster Diver 300M Tokyo 2020, which retails for R105,000.00, in the colour scheme of the Tokyo Games emblem with a blue ceramic bezel ring filled with a white enamel diving scale. This diver also features a striking polished white ceramic dial with laser-engraving in familiar wave pattern. There is also a crisp, all-white 39.5mm Planet Ocean 600m with its 20-minute mark highlighted in red on its dive scale. Limited in edition to 2020 pieces, it retails for R139,000.00.
With many luxury brands presenting more refined-looking novelties in the sports watch line-up this year, the dressier 41mm Seamaster Aqua Terra 150m is a fine fit with its more classic styling first introduced in 2002. The stainless steel “Tokyo 2020” edition retails for R117,000.00 and is limited to 2020 pieces. A first for this collection, these novelties also feature polished blue ceramic dials, laser-engraved with a pattern inspired by the Tokyo Games emblem, and feature a date window at 6 o’clock. Ready for action, they are presented on a blue rubber strap but also come with a stainless steel bracelet for more formal occasions.
If you are going for gold, two new 38mm and 41mm models in 18k yellow gold joined the Aqua Terra 150m Tokyo 2020 line-up last week, at R331,000.00 and R344,00.00 respectively. These pieces feature integrated blue alligator straps with an 18K yellow gold polished-brushed fold-over clasp but look equally good on any of Omega’s new member-state-inspired Nato straps.
The Aqua Terra 150m Tokyo 2020 pieces are driven by the self-winding Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8900. These movements have Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) Master Chronometer certification. Omega was first to introduce the METAS-approved testing in 2015 on its Globemaster. METAS has an even higher standard than Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC), requiring a watch to pass eight stringent tests to earn the title Master Chronometer. But watches will be accepted for testing only if their movements are already COSC-certified. METAS guarantees the power reserve — 60 hours for the Calibre 8900 — and timekeeping accuracy of a watch subjected to magnetic fields of 15000 gauss, and that the waterproof capability claimed by the manufacturer conforms with the International Organization for Standardisation (ISO) standard 22810:2010.
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