STYLE Edit: Omega’s superb new Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime fuses a chronograph and minute repeater in the most complicated calibre the Swiss luxury watchmaker has ever made
With a century and nearly three-quarters’ experience of crafting the very finest in Swiss mechanical timepieces, Omega has been there for any number of landmark moments in horological history.
Now, both of those complications have come together on a watch that pays tribute to the aesthetics of the era, while pushing on the boundaries of technical possibility.
It comes with a case in Omega’s own Sedna gold, which surrounds a grand feu enamel dial with a small seconds at 6 o’clock and a 15-minute recorder at 12 o’clock. It also features Arabic numerals and a minute track in black petit feu enamel, alongside central hour and minute hands and subdial hands in blued PVD, as well as a blued CVD central seconds hand and a red split-seconds hand.
The silver guilloche inner bezel and subdials, meanwhile, come in Omega’s exclusive acoustic waves pattern, which represents the soundwaves the watch produces. It does so via the minute repeater, which makes itself heard via double hammers with an insert of hardened steel and gongs made of Sedna gold, creating a sound reminiscent of the bell that signals the last lap of an Olympic race.
- Omega has made several leaps in horological history, from the first minute repeater wristwatch in 1892 to pocket chronographs at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics
- The Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime combines both of the complications for the brand’s most complex calibre; and has also released its new Speedmaster Chrono Chime