Omega 1932 Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 02
Omega Olympic 1932 Chronograph Minute Repeater 04
Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Minute Repeater 06
Playing a sweet tone, creating a new milestone in the history of watchmaking complex movements
The famous Swiss professional watchmaking brand Omega (OMEGA) launched the brand’s extraordinary new work – the Olympic 1932 chronograph minute repeater, paying tribute to the brand’s excellent watchmaking technology with the melodious sound of the chimes.
This new numbered watch that amazes the watchmaking industry combines two important milestones in Omega’s history, one is the industry-first minute repeater launched in 1892, the other It is the chronograph pocket watch used by Omega for the first time as the official timekeeper of the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1932. The latter marks the beginning of the brand’s long history as the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games.
In the history of watchmaking, there have been many great designs in the transition period from pocket watches to wrist watches, and the design of the Olympic 1932 chronograph minute repeater also draws inspiration from this extremely creative era. However, the Omega 1932 Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement on this watch is an epoch-making pioneering innovation, and this cutting-edge complex movement is destined to create a milestone in the history of watchmaking.
So, what is so special about the Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 1932? Since modifications to existing components could not meet the brand’s desired functions, Omega’s watchmakers had to design this new movement from scratch and build it by hand. The Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 1932 combines chronograph and minute repeater functions. Instead of layering, repairing, or adding new components to the original movement, it combines two functions on the same movement. In fact, it is also the most complex movement Omega has ever built. In order to keep the wearer’s time stably and continuously, this watch needs a unique mechanical “brain” that cleverly integrates various functions.
With the assistance of Blancpain, the brother brand of the Swatch Group, Omega watchmakers overcame many challenges and successfully developed the 1932 movement in six years. In fact, watchmakers had to find ways to break through the existing design of Omega’s famous co-axial escapement before starting development. Invented by the talented watchmaker George Daniels, this system is an integral part of all Omega movements. It is designed to maintain a relatively stable operating frequency (between 3 and 4 Hz), and this is the main challenge faced by the development of the new movement, because the operating frequency of the new movement needs to reach 5 Hz to ensure that it can display ten The timekeeping accuracy of a fraction of a second is consistent with the accuracy of the split-seconds pocket watch used by Omega at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932. The challenge was far more than that. The watchmakers had to add three striking cams to the already sophisticated timing mechanism, including two guards to prevent unwanted activation due to misuse, and integrating the split-seconds function. . In addition, in order to meet the high standards of Master Chronometer certification and resist strong magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss, the movement requires the use of 50 non-magnetic components.
Fortunately, the persevering technical team found a solution after unremitting exploration. The precision and stability of Omega watch components, coupled with the extraordinary craftsmanship of the watchmakers, made the impossible possible, and the 1932 movement was successfully launched.
Building a movement from scratch requires a combination of innovations. This is enough to show the complexity of the Omega chronograph minute repeater, and there are more data to prove it. This movement covers as many as 17 Omega’s outstanding innovative patented technologies, involving the functions of the 1932 movement, anti-magnetic technology and external parts of the watch.
The 1932 Co-Axial Master Chronometer movement is not only a work of art, but a marvel of technological innovation. The movement is satin-brushed, mirror-polished and hand-crafted. The movement contains 46.44 grams of gold, which is luxurious and pleasing to the eye.
Equipped with an extraordinary movement to write a watchmaking legend
Olympic 1932 Chronograph Minute Repeater
Omega’s extraordinary 14-calibre 1932 movement, with a diameter of 32.5 mm, powers the Olympic 1932 Chronograph Minute Repeater with outstanding performance. The watch is made of 18K Sedna gold, and the enamel dial is made of the “Grand Feu” process, which is elegant and retro. The inner bezel and sub-dial are made of 925 silver, and the inner bezel is hand-crafted with a guilloche process. The sub-dial presents Omega’s unique “Sonic Wave” pattern, which represents the sound waves generated by the watch’s timekeeping.
Omega’s unique Sedna 18K gold material is not only elegant in color, but also produces a pleasant sound when struck. Double hammers with hardened steel inserts strike the gongs, made of 18K Sedna gold, hand-tuned by Omega’s watchmakers for a beautiful tone. These gongs are attached to the watch case to produce the loudest chimes, a nod to the final lap of the Omega finish bell at the Olympics and other sporting events, a Bronze Age timekeeping The method has been passed down by Omega to this day.
The central hour and minute hands on the dial are made of 18K Sedna gold with blue PVD treatment, small seconds at 6 o’clock, 15-minute counter at 12 o’clock, and Sedna hands in the sub-dial Made of 18K gold with blue PVD treatment. The central chronograph second hand is covered with blue CVD coating, and the chronograph split hand is treated with red lacquer for clear reading of the chronograph time. Black Arabic numerals and “orbital” minute circles are fired with a “petit feu” enamel process to pay homage to the chronograph pocket watch used by Omega at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1932.
For the design of the buttons, Omega has given priority to its functionality, but also, as always, incorporates an elegant style that makes recording time an aesthetic pleasure. There is a timekeeping button at 5 o’clock, and the surface is polished and embossed with a musical note pattern, which is exquisite and charming. The rattrapante pusher at 11 o’clock is decorated with a polished ring made of red ceramic, echoing the color of the chronograph rattrapante.
“Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games”, “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” (Co-Axial Master Chronometer) and the watch number are engraved on the case back, and the brown leather strap has a Sedna 18K gold buckle , gorgeous and elegant. The watch is equipped with Omega’s new strap quick release system, which is beautiful and practical. The specially customized watch box also contains a leather strap and two leather ropes. The watch owner can replace the strap with a leather strap, transform the watch into a compact pocket watch, or wear it around the neck as a “timekeeper” stopwatch.
The specially customized watch box is made of walnut wood, and the watch box is equipped with a resonance plate made of spruce wood, which can enhance the rhythm, tone, harmony and duration of the timekeeping of the watch, presenting a more beautiful tone.
Chronograph minute repeater for everyday wear
Speedmaster series chronograph minute repeater
In addition to the Olympic 1932 chronograph minute repeater, Omega also launched a Speedmaster series chronograph minute repeater. This classic Speedmaster Numbered Edition has a 45mm case made of 18K Sedna gold and houses the 1932 movement inside. The design of the watch is inspired by the second-generation Speedmaster watch CK2998, which is also a commemorative high-level complex watch to pay tribute to 60 years ago – in 1962, the Speedmaster CK2998 watch accompanied the astronauts to execute the Mercury. mission, becoming the first Omega watch to go into space.
The dial of this watch is fired with a combination of blue aventurine and “Grand Feu” enamel, showing a glamorous effect. The inner bezel and sub-dial are made of 18K Sedna gold, the inner bezel is made of guilloché, and the sub-dial is decorated with a unique “Sonic” pattern. The hour markers, hour and minute hands of the watch are made of 18K Sedna gold, polished with diamonds for a delicate sparkle. The hands of the sub-dial are covered with a blue CVD coating, which contrasts with the central chronograph second hand with a red tip, making it easier to read the time.
The two chronograph minute repeaters launched by Omega are equipped with the 1932 movement, but the buttons that are both functional and aesthetic are located in different positions. In order to make the layout of the Speedmaster chronograph minute repeater more harmonious, the ingenious Omega watchmakers skillfully adjusted the direction of the movement to fit the case structure of the Speedmaster watch, as well as the two small dials. Therefore, the timekeeping button of the Speedmaster series chronograph minute repeater is set at 8 o’clock, and the rattrapante button is set at 2 o’clock. The watch is matched with a Sedna 18K gold bracelet and clasp, and the overall appearance is more luxurious and bright.
Collectors of the Speedmaster Chronograph Minute Repeater will also receive a bespoke walnut case with a resonant plate made of spruce wood that enhances the rhythm, tone and harmony of the timepiece. As well as the duration, the timekeeping sound of the watch is more gorgeous and pleasing to the ear.