Omega recently announced the newest Speedmaster featuring the most complicated movement the brand has ever made: The Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 1932. The watch was inspired by Omega’s history in split-second timekeeping and minute repeaters during the Olympic Games back in 1932. Omega integrated these two key functions and included an all-new chiming chronograph complication.
It took Omega, in collaboration with sister company Blancpain, over 6 years to complete this highly complicated movement, which is also the first high-beat 5Hz version of its Co-Axial escapement.
The Speedmaster Chrono Chime is housed in a 45mm case of Omega’s 18K Sedna Gold with a blue aventurine dial and 18K gold sub dials featuring an acoustic wave pattern representing the exact sound of the watch. The Chrono Chime produces three distinctive tones, for each minute, second and ten seconds of elapsed chronograph time. Double hammers are attached to the movement and hit 18K Sedna Gold gongs pitch-perfect, producing maximum chime.
Omega will only produce five pieces of the Speedmaster Chrono Chime each year and although specific pricing was not mentioned at the time of the launch, Omega has said that we can expect something in the range of $450,000.