If you ask most watch fans to name a famous movement they’d like to see reborn, you’re bound to hear them mention the OMEGA Calibre 321. This robust and elegant chronograph movement has been a favourite since the 1940s and is still highly sought-after by watch collectors around the world. Now, more than 50 years after the last Calibre 321 was produced, OMEGA is bringing the iconic movement back.
Known for its beautifully intricate design, the original Calibre 321 earned a notable place in history. It was used in a variety of models including the Speedmaster ST 105.003 (the model first tested and qualified by NASA and worn by astronaut Ed White during the first American spacewalk) and the Speedmaster ST 105.012 (the first watch worn on the moon).
Reintroducing a movement with such an important reputation must therefore be done with the utmost exactness. For the Calibre 321 project, OMEGA utilised a dedicated team of experts who worked efficiently over two years and in total secrecy to bring the movement to life. The small group was composed of researchers, developers and historians, as well as the finest craftsmen and experienced watchmakers.
Using the 2nd generation Calibre 321 as a reference, the OMEGA team compiled extensive historical research and original plans to reconstruct the movement as accurately as possible. Going even further, they also used digital scanning technology to see inside the true Speedmaster ST 105.003 timepiece that astronaut Eugene “Gene” Cernan wore on the moon during the Apollo 17 mission in 1972.
As a result, even the most unique and iconic parts of the Calibre 321 have been reborn in respect to their authentic specifications. The new movements will now go into production at OMEGA’s HQ site in Bienne. Uniquely, all aspects of creation will be undertaken within a dedicated Calibre 321 workshop. For each movement, the assembly, as well as the watch head and bracelet assembly will be performed by the same watchmaker. Watch fans can expect more developments and news in the coming months.
Breguet Marine 5517 Bucherer BLUE EDITIONS
Modern and dynamic – two words that perfectly describe the latest addition to Bucherer BLUE EDITIONS by Breguet. The combination of the titanium case and the blue guilloche dial makes this a truly elegant timepiece.
From the deep blue dial featuring a wave pattern executed by hand on a rose engine, the eye is then drawn to the consummate crown with wave-shaped embellishments and a distinctive ‘B’ that stands for Breguet. The reverse side of the watch reveals the exceptional design of the rotor, the shape of which calls to mind a ship’s wheel. Meanwhile, the bridges of the movement, reminiscent of a ship’s deck, are decorated with Geneva stripes and enhanced with a guilloche technique that can be admired through the sapphire-glass caseback.
The Stars of the Constellation Manhattan
The latest Constellation Manhattan advertising campaign stars four of the most inspiring women at the heart of the OMEGA brand.
Cindy Crawford, Nicole Kidman, Alessandra Ambrosio and Liu Shishi all represent the elegant and captivating qualities of the collection. And just like each individual model, these four ambassadors are unique and talented in their own ways.
The women joined OMEGA in Shanghai for the official launch celebration of the new collection and OMEGA joined Cindy, Nicole and Alessandra on the rooftops to get their thoughts on the campaign and the collection.
“Shooting together was so lovely. Getting to know the other women and play a little bit is kind of fun.” Nicole Kidman
“This new redesign makes the Constellation much more relevant to today’s style and slightly more feminine. I really like just how sleek it is.” Cindy Crawford
“The Constellation is so classic and timeless. This new collection has more than 100 models, so there is definitely one to match everyone’s personality. You can wear it from morning to night, from the beach to the red carpet. You can wear it with anything.”Alessandra Ambrosio
Making the Manhattan
The Constellation Manhattan is one of the true jewels in OMEGA’s watchmaking.
First released in 1982, it has now become one of the most iconic and loved ladies’ watches across the world.
Today, the modern Manhattan is the ultimate choice for a diverse lifestyle – effortlessly taking you from fast-paced working days to sophisticated evenings out. That’s why OMEGA has dedicated itself to uncompromising quality and elegance in every model.
From the smallest details on the dial and diamond-set bezel – to the artistry of the new bracelet and Master Chronometer certified calibre – every part of the design is meticulously crafted and quality checked. The commitment continues right through to the iconic Constellation star, which takes pride of place on every model
Take a closer look at the creative process and see how OMEGA has used modern technology and human touch to achieve the incredible finish.
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