Omega introduces the new Seamaster Planet Ocean Orange Ceramic. If Piper Kerman’s book, Orange is the New Black, or Netflix’s popular series adapted from the book, hadn’t seared “orange” into the cultural consciousness, then Omega brings this orange world premiere of only eight pieces. After a slew of 2013 black watches from various companies, Omega’s “Dark Side of the Moon” Speedmaster being one of them, we find an extravagant redirection.
Orange has been a popular accent to the Plant Ocean model, appearing previously on the bezel, but now comes on a ceramic bezel. Ceramic is a light weight, space age material, which is highly scratch resistant and difficult to produce in color. Omega showcases its mastery of the material with an exuberant, patent pending orange ceramic bezel. Now we have a ceramic bi-directional 24-hour GMT orange bezel, orange leather strap with highlight stitching and platinum clasp, an included orange rubber strap with changing tool, orange aluminum 6 – 9 – 12 numerals on the dial, and an orange aluminum GMT hand. This watch follows the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean GMT, which was released in 2013. Monochrome, having deep Dutch roots, likes the new color.
The watch’s contrasting color, platinum, tells a different story, one of opulence. The 43.5 mm case, made of 950-grade platinum provides 600 meters (2000 feet) of water resistance. The ceramic bezel has 850-grade platinum Liquidmetal numerals, division lines, inner ring and downward triangle. The sand-blasted 950-grade platinum dial with “Pt950” engraved above the center hole, 18K white gold batons, 18K white gold broad arrow hands, and 18K white gold seconds hand add to the watch’s silvery shimmer. A precious metal Seamaster Planet Ocean coupled with the limited release of eight pieces makes this watch a rarified treasure.
The Co-Axial calibre 8615 powers the Seamaster Planet Ocean Orange Ceramic and has a Si 14 silicon balance spring. The see-through caseback reveals the movement, and etched along the perimeter are the words “World Premiere” and “Limited Edition” along with the limited edition number.
If you are tired of the conventional black or white ceramics, then the Seamaster Planet Ocean Orange Ceramic boasts of things to come. Colored ceramics. For those who want to be there first: first dive watch (Marine 1932), first co-axial escapement (1999), first Liquidmetal (2009), or first orange ceramic (2014), Omega leads the way.