Omega introduces the White Side of the Moon at BaselWorld 2015

BaselWorld 2013 was the stage that Omega chose to reveal its ceramic Dark Side of the Moon (DSOTM). The following year, at BaselWorld 2014, the brand then introduced the Grey Side of the Moon (GSOTM), and now, the Biel/Bienne-based brand has unveiled the White Side of the Moon (WSOTM).

We reckon Omega is setting a precedent - a new ceramic Speedmaster at every BaselWorld.

We reckon Omega is setting a precedent – a new ceramic Speedmaster at every BaselWorld.

In contrast to the DSOTM and GSOTM watches, which were designed based on an astronaut’s perspective of the moon (when they were on missions in space), Omega says inspiration for the WSOTM (ref. 311.93.44.51.04.002 ) came from people’s view of the moon from Earth. Basically, whenever you look at the moon from Earth, Earth’s only natural satellite appears to radiate white light. Of course, we all know it is merely reflecting light from the sun.

The White Side of the Moon is Omega’s third full ceramic Speedmaster, and sports a white zirconium oxide case and dial. The 44.25mm case, as before, is a monobloc and in terms of finishing, you’ll find both brushed and polished surfaces in the same style as you would find on stainless steel Speedmasters. The bezel is also produced from white ceramic and you’ll find a tachymetre scale, which can be used to measure speed.

Omega's finish on its ceramic Speedmasters is top-notch. Note, even the pushers and crown on these watches is made from ceramic. That's impressive.

Omega’s finish on its ceramic Speedmasters is top-notch. Note, even the pushers and crown on these watches is made from ceramic. That’s impressive.

Box-form sapphire crystal protects the dial from harm and both sides have been treated with an anti-reflective coating. Omega has used 18K white-gold hands and applied indexes, however the central chronograph hand, which sports a red tip, is rhodium plated. This red tip, along with the red ‘Speedmaster’ text add a subtle splash of color to the otherwise predominately white dial.

Omega’s first in-house Co-Axial movement with a chronograph, the calibre 9300, makes a return on the WSOTM. It can be viewed on the underside of the watch through a bevelled, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. The column-wheel chronograph movement relies on a silicon balance spring, and offers 60-hours of power reserve when fully wound.

Speedmasters were never designed for space exploration. They were released to be driver's watches, hence the Tachymetre scale.

Speedmasters were never designed for space exploration. They were released to be driver’s watches, hence the Tachymetre scale.

The Speedmaster White Side of the Moon is offered on a white leather strap, with a white foldover clasp. Omega says the clasp is made from ceramic, and titanium folders. The ceramic clasp is unique to the WSOTM Speedmaster at the moment – the previous ceramic models featured a ceramic pin/buckle.

Omega has told us, however, that in the near future, the ceramic/titanium folding clasps – in the appropriate colors – will find their way onto the existing DSOTM and GSOTM Speedmasters. If, like us, you prefer the pin/buckle system, and you’re keen on a Dark or Grey Side of the Moon, you might want to splurge before the changeover happens. You will still be able to order the pin/buckle from Omega but, of course, that will be at additional cost.

You get a white alligator strap with this Speedie - we really hope it doesn't have a shiny/glossy finish as those always look a bit odd to us.

You get a white alligator strap with this Speedie – we really hope it doesn’t have a shiny/glossy finish as those always look a bit odd to us.

As far as who this watch is aimed at, that’s really an interesting discussion. When the DSOTM and GSOTM Speedmasters hit the market, we thought the 44.25mm case size meant they’d only find their way onto men’s wrists. However, since those watches hit the market, we’ve seen a number of women wearing those watches both in real life and on Instagram. Given the light color of the WSOTM and the fact that white watches are something that we’ve seen a lot of women wear, we reckon the White Side of the Moon will also find its way onto many a lady’s wrist.

What about men? We reckon there’s potential there also – we can imagine this being worn alongside a white/beige suit for instance. That said, the WSOTM is certainly not as flexible as the DSOTM in that we don’t think you can put this watch on with whatever you’re wearing, which is also something we said about the GSOTM. Still, we’ll reserve final judgment for when we actually handle the watch.

Would we wear or buy a White Side of the Moon? We'll have to see one in person to make that call. Pictures never tell the whole story.

Would we wear or buy a White Side of the Moon? We’ll have to see one in person to make that call. Pictures never tell the whole story.

Regional pricing and availability has yet to be announced but we suspect the WSOTM will cost about the same as the existing ceramic Speedmasters, approximately around $12,000.

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