OMEGA: Planet Ocean Jewellery


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OMEGA: Planet Ocean Jewellery

When one of the world’s most stylish women falls in love with a particular watch model, then you know this design is truly something special. Actress Nicole Kidman, one of People magazine’s fifty most beautiful people in the world and a stunning ambassador for Omega watches, was so enamoured of the new Planet Ocean ‘Jewellery’ Co-Axial chronograph when wearing it for a recent shoot that she didn’t want to take it off afterwards. But that was just the prototype, and now she is keenly awaiting the delivery of one of the first examples of this fabulous new model.

The Planet Ocean ‘Jewellery’ Co-Axial takes Omega in more than one exciting new direction. Part of the Seamaster family, they are fully functional diver’s watches with all of the technical prowess implied by Omega’s experience making diver’s watches since the 1940s,
including water resistance to 600 metres (2000 feet), a unidirectional rotating bezel and a helium-release valve to reduce the pressure. But they are also luxuriantly diamond-set, with painstaking craft worthy of the best jewellery watches. They look immensely suave and sophisticated at the most glamorous of evening events, worn on the cuff of a dress shirt or with a gorgeous gown.

For, as befits a watch which transcends so many limits, the Planet Ocean ‘Jewellery’
watch was designed with neither men nor women specifically in mind but is for anyone taken by its fancy. Omega’s designers have set out to make a watch that truly breaks boundaries. It is a top quality diver’s watch that will probably never be used for diving, but is a stunning talking point, a watch to be seen in. This is helping to set a new trend of diver’s watches as jewellery, an area where only a few watch companies have gone but more will surely follow. Nowadays people don’t ask whether a watch is designed for a man or a woman. In 2004, when the Seamaster Planet Ocean range was first launched, its large sizes – 45.5 mm and 42 mm – seemed very masculine, but now women love large-sized watches. So the new model can appeal equally to a woman who wants a large, glamorous watch, or to the increasing number of men who want diamond watches.

At the original Seamaster Planet Ocean 2004 launch, the watch was featured in steel with a black or orange bezel. The latter became a cult model, setting a colour trend for sports watches that still persists. The Seamaster Planet Ocean ‘Jewellery’ Collection represents a radical departure, one which has an equally bright future.

There are two models, both with Omega’s legendary Co-Axial escapement, self-winding movements and COSC certification. Both have a brushed stainless steel case and a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that is anti-reflective on both sides. And both feature a screw-in caseback stamped with the Seahorse medallion. The dials are lacquered black with applied Arabic numerals. They feature the Omega name and logo and indexes and hands coated with white Super-LumiNova. The integrated black alligator strap is fitted with a polished stainless steel fold-over clasp.

The chronograph, at 45.5 mm, has a sporty air, despite its bezel of 45 sizeable diamonds totalling 2.65 carats. It has a small seconds counter at 9 o’clock, a 30-minute recorder at 3 and a 12-hour recorder at 6, with a small date window at 4:30. The sleek, elegant chronometer comes in 45.5 mm and 42 mm diameters, the latter with 45 slightly smaller diamonds totalling 1.73 carats. All models have a black triangular dive minute marker with white Super-LumiNova dot, at 12 o’clock.

The Planet Ocean ‘Jewellery’ is not only one of Omega’s most striking and original
timepieces, but also one of their most versatile and innovative models.