BaselWorld 2016 is still a while off but Omega has already sent word that it will be showing a Planet Ocean 600M Master Chronometer. This is said to be a lady’s model, and it will feature a 18K Sedna-gold case, and a chocolate-color ceramic bezel and dial.
We had heard rumors that the current Planet Ocean collection would receive an update, and this latest announcement certainly gives weight to those rumblings. The current collection has been on the market since 2011, and although this isn’t a particularly long product cycle, Omega fans and collectors have been waiting for a new Planet Ocean for some time.
The watch (ref. 126.96.36.199.13.001) features a 39.5mm case – a size that does not exist in the current Planet Ocean collection – but more importantly, this watch marks the first appearance of Sedna-gold within the Planet Ocean collection. Sedna-gold hasn’t just been used for the case however, Omega says that the hands, indexes and the foldover clasp are all crafted using the same lustrous metal.
To go with the soft reddish tone of the case, Omega has outfitted this Planet Ocean with a dial and bezel crafted from chocolate brown ceramic. To create the numbers and minute markers on the diving scale, Omega turned to its Ceragold technology. Rounding off the look, the watch is presented on a brown leather strap, which features a rubber underside – the Swiss brand says this makes the strap both sporty and comfortable to wear.
Going purely on the pictures we’ve been sent, this watch appears attractive and should look great on the wrist. The slightly larger size is in line with the trend of women preferring larger watches but it may not suit ladies with smaller wrists. That said, perhaps Omega will also offer this case and dial combination in the existing 37.5mm size? This is pure speculation as Omega has not made any mention of this in their communications. And, while there are no pictures of the underside of the watch, Omega has said that it will have an exhibition caseback.
From a technical standpoint, the big deal with this new timepiece is the fact that it is the first women’s watch to boast Master Chronometer certification from METAS. This, we reckon, is a good thing because women are increasingly opting for mechanical watches, and having a watch that has passed stringent third party testing is something that will appeal to certain educated buyers.
This watch is powered by a new calibre known as the 8801. It’s a self-winding movement with an 18K Sedna-gold rotor, and it is the third in-house calibre (along with the rest of the watch), to receive METAS certification. The first was the Globemaster with the calibre 8901 that premiered at BaselWorld 2015 (our story here), and the second was the Moonphase Speedmaster with the calibre 9904 that Omega also teased ahead of BaselWorld 2016 (read about that here).
Omega has consistently impressed us with its last couple of BaselWorld showings, and it looks to be on track to do the same this year. We can’t wait to see this watch, and its brethren at the show.
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