The Seamaster Aqua Terra has been linked to golf for quite a while now. Players Sergio Garcia and Rory McIlroy even have their own versions of this watch. But today, Omega announces their Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra Light, with a weight of just 55 grams!
I’ve seen better days, as I am kept away from the European Masters in Crans Montana this week because of a middle ear infection which doesn’t allow me to take the plane to Geneva. I like playing golf, and although my skills are not on any serious level (by a stretch), I like to see how the pros play this highly addictive game. Going to Crans Montana in the past actually made me start playing golf (again), as one of the teaching pros there convinced me I should. Besides watching and playing golf, the vibe in Crans Montana is difficult to beat. Another reason why I am bummed is that Omega will also be showing their latest watch there today. The Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra Light, specially developed for golf players.
Make no mistake, this watch will not come cheap and will be on the top of the Aqua Terra food chain. Omega opened all registers to create this ultra-light watch, also with the help of golfer Rory McIlroy. The 30-year old Northern Ireland golfer who just pocketed 15 million USD winning the Tour Championship.
As you can see, the design of the watch looks smoother than the average Seamaster Aqua Terra, which is basically an evolution of the very first Seamaster 300 from 1957 with its lyre lugs and broad arrow hands. The shape of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra Light has a more ergonomic design, mainly by ditching the large crown. Omega applied a clever activation system for using the crown. With a simple push, the crown will come out and is ready for operation. When you’re done setting the time, you can just push the telescopic crown back into the case et voila. You’re ready to play from serious golf.
Omega has presented a lot of new materials in the past few years. This year, they’ve already introduced their Moonlight gold alloy. And where gold is soft, heavy and used to shine, this new material by the name of Gamma Titanium is the exact opposite. It is lighter than regular titanium but also harder, which comes in handy for golf players. Less weight on the wrist and less prone to get damaged or scratched during the game. This material is new to Omega and the watch industry, but it has its origins in the aeronautical industry. The case, case back and crown of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra Light are all made of Gamma Titanium. To cut some more weight, Omega was able to reduce the amount of material used to create the dial.
“I know what an athlete needs in a watch and through collaboration with Omega we were able to modify the timepiece. The new “Ultra Light” is an absolute pleasure to wear, whatever sport you play.” – Rory McIlroy
But, perhaps, the best is yet to come for us watch enthusiasts. The in-house developed caliber 8928 movement is made of titanium as well. It is the first movement made of titanium by Omega, to reduce the weight of the Seamaster Aqua Terra Ultra Light even a bit more. The manual wound movement is based on the 8900 caliber series, with the same Master Chronometer standards, but simply weighs less. The absence of a winding rotor will also help reducing weight, of course, but also the use of ceramised titanium for its bridges and main plate will help. Due to the use of ceramised titanium, there’s also less friction between components.
This Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra Ulta Light will be available in three different colours. Where the matte titanium case and dial will always be the same, the accents on the dial and the second hand will be available in red (as pictured), green and blue. The Aqua Terra Ultra Light reference 22.214.171.124.06.001 we show you here is, of course, the red edition. All watches come with a rubber strap and a fabric strap, both designed for maximum comfort and to prevent glare from the Sun, which might blind (or at least annoy) the golf player.
Although this Seamaster Aqua Terra Ulta Light will not be a limited or numbered edition, the price will probably be the limiting factor. The price is set to CHF45,000.- Swiss Francs.
More details soon on the official Omega website.
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