The past few weeks, to quote Homer (Simpson, not the Greek dude), have been filled with terrifying lows, dizzying highs and a few creamy middles. The lows have been Arsenal’s appalling start to the season, and falling over in public then trying to do that thing where you pretend like you meant to break into a run instead but not quite pulling it off. The highs include the return of season four of BoJack Horseman (I cannot recommend this enough) and the creamy middles have been the hours and hours I’ve spent on the internet looking at the 2017 watches announced earlier in the year that are now, finally, hitting the shops.
Some might say that’s a lot of wasted hours, but I would say pish and posh, as first, you don’t know how empty my life is and second, what a bountiful harvest of great watches are coming our way!
One of the gems that’s available right now is the new Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra (top), which was not-so-subtly sported by a certain handsome cad named George Clooney at the recent Venice Film Festival. With a face like Clooney’s you can sell anything but, in this instance, the watch is the real looker and there’s lots of nice design updates here that are not immediately obvious.
George Clooney has appeared at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Italy to celebrate the premiere of Suburbicon, a film he directed and also wrote alongside Joel and Ethan Coen. While in town, George was spotted wearing an OMEGA Seamaster Aqua Terra from the new collection. The 41 mm Master Chronometer model features a symmetrical stainless steel case, a grey dial and a grey rubber strap. #georgeclooney #watch #watches #lifestyle
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First off, Omega has moved the date window to the six o’clock position, so the watch, in terms of its design is symmetrical – something, I think, other watch brands should emulate. The pattern lines of the dial have also been switched to horizontal rather than vertical, Omega trying to kid us by saying it evokes the deck of a yacht but, really, it just looks better. It has also removed the water-resistance rating from the dial and placed that info on the caseback, thereby removing some of the lettering from the front for a cleaner look. All of this is to be commended as the new iteration looks sleeker and more on-trend. And that’s before we get to the fetching rope-pattern rubber strap, which is a big win for Omega’s straps and bracelets department. The steel case is sized at 41mm and inside is a top-of-the-line 8900 Master Co-Axial movement. The watch has water resistance to 150 metres and is priced at a tempting US$5,670.
Colour, well, more precisely, loud, gaudy colour, has become a thing in watches and even the bigger, more established brands are taking chances. It doesn’t always work, of course. The best example I’ve seen recently is the Bulgari Diagono Scuba dive watch. There are three colour versions of this chunky bad boy – white, orange and yellow – and, if I’m brutally honest, only the orange works and only then if you’re on a boat or at least near a sizeable body of water. Still, well done to Bulgari for trying things and some people might dig the other colours.
The watch itself isn’t all that different from the 1994 original, which isn’t a bad thing. The 41mm case is made of steel and features the lovely notched unidirectional bezel. Inside is a Calibre Solotempo BVL191 movement, with 42 hours of power reserve, and, as this is a dive watch, the water resistance is a handy 300 metres. The rubber strap is in your face but I’m a big fan and it’s in keeping with the rest of the watch.
The Diagono Scuba is priced at US$5,951.
Finally, we have the Luminor Due 3 Days Acciaio from Panerai. OK, this doesn’t look all that different from anything and everything Panerai has done before but what’s new here, mainly the thinner case, might pique some interest from nerds. Yes, the sleeker silhouette means this 45mm steel beast doesn’t seem as, well, beastly on the wrist. The colour choice here with the brown strap and anthracite dial (right) is just great and for a slightly pricey US$13,298 you do get an awful lot of watch and that massive 72-hour power reserve.