To quote the famous philosopher Homer (Simpson, not the Greek poet), it’s been a strange week of dizzying highs, terrifying lows and creamy middles. One notable high is that Arsenal football club keep winning, suggesting they may become contenders once more – dare I dream or will my heart be broken again? A low? Sitting through the film The Legend of Tarzan (no, I don’t know why I bothered either). And the middles … Well, I’ve decided to sell some of my Seikos, to potentially buy another Seiko (yeah, pretty meh).
Anyway, on to the watches. This week I wanted to talk about three pieces released over the past year that haven’t fallen victim to my capriciousness. One watch I will never tire of talking about is the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon. Anyone who reads this column past the intro will know that I am a big, big fan of the Speedmaster, a watch that continues to lend Omega credibility even after all its ill-judged attempts to get into jewellery and its obsession with celebrity endorsements. The Dark Side of the Moon special edition is a nod to the Apollo 8 space mission, and the truly compelling aspect is the black ceramic of the case and the white-gold hour and second hands. Black ceramic is far more prevalent these days but, coupled with the iconic dial design of the Speedmaster and the famous bezel, it’s a winner. Inside is a Co-Axial caliber 9300 movement that powers the chronograph. The watch comes with a nylon strap, which I’m not overly keen on but it’s easily replaced if you’re so minded. The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon is priced at HK$93,600.
Nomos is a brand that’s not widely known but, among watch people, there’s a lot of love for a company that continues to produce incredibly well-made, affordable and good-looking pieces. One of Nomos’ latest updates is to give its offerings midnight-blue dials, and the colour lends the Metro Neomatik, in particular, added class. Deceptively simple looking, the watch has an excellent DUW 3001 movement made in-house at the company’s workshop in Germany, an impressive feat for an independent watchmaker. The case is steel and measures an old-school 35mm, which might sound small but taken together with the roomy lugs will fit nicely on most men’s wrists. The Nomos Metro Neomatik “Nachtblau” is priced at HK$29,600.
Finally, we have a watch with possibly the worst name in the business, the Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Flyback Chronograph Blancpain Ocean Commitment II. Despite the terrible name, this new iteration of the Bathyscaphe is a delight, primarily because of the all-blue ceramic case, which really pops when you turn the watch around and look at the case back. Paired with the blue is a gorgeous sunburst grey dial face and grey nylon strap. This being a dive watch, the features are top notch, with water resistance up to 300 metres, a unidirectional bezel and proprietary Liquidmetal hour markers and hands. Limited to 250 pieces, the watch is priced at HK$161,000.