The Omega Speedmaster Rio 2016 is a limited edition to celebrate the 2016 Olympics. I wrote about this watch when it was released. You can see that article here. I had the opportunity to take some pictures of the new watch, and here they are. It is an eye-catching watch for fans of the Olympics or Omega. Celebrating the tradition of timekeeping, Omega has released this beautiful rendition of their Mark II, complete with actual bronze, silver, and gold rimming the chronograph subdials. The watch wears larger than it's dimensions would suggest, but it is certainly nothing to be alarmed by. It features Omega's rack-and-pusher clasp, which makes the clasp thicker than that on other Omega watches. The bracelet is thin and has a large amount of small links, making the watch very comfortable. It retails for a very reasonable $8,600 USD. It is a limited edition of 2,016 pieces. Click here to view the watch on Omega's website.
I recently went hands-on with the new Omega De Ville Tresor and I am here to share my experience and impressions. Not many people have seen this watch in person, as it has just recently hit stores. The Tresor achieves an balance of simplicity, yet the dial does not seem empty. The long, slender markers and hands provide easy reading of the time in. However, this watch will work best in lighted areas, as there is no lume on the dial. Despite this, I can't complain because it keeps the beautiful simplicity of the watch that may be ruined with the addition of lume.
The case is 40mm in diameter and it should wear larger than that, but the watch hugs the wrist. The thin case further downplays the size. The leather strap could use some work. Don't get me wrong, it is certainly nice leather, but it is rather thin and the pin buckle is, although very high quality, rather flimsy looking.
I could photograph Omega's Caliber 8511 all day, but unfortunately I just got this picture (sorry for the glare from the three lights across the bottom). It basically has the same decoration as the other movements in the 85xx family, with arabesque wave decoration. However, as is evident by the picture above, it is a manual-wind movement. With 30 jewels and >15,000 gauss magnetic resistance, among other things, the movement is on or above-par with it's price range.
The watch on the wrist. A beautiful balance of elegance and simplicity. Comfortable and perfect for people who want a watch that can easily slip under a shirt cuff. The rose gold version (the one pictured here) retails for $13,800. Click here to view the watch on Omega's website.
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