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Press Release – Omega Speedmaster Rattrapante Co-Axial

Omega Speedmaster Rattrapante Co-Axial 3582.51.00

Omega Speedmaster Rattrapante Co-Axial 3582.51.00

The men’s steel cased Speedmaster Rattrapante Co-Axial dons a sporty air this year with useful timing functions and sharp looks. As the Omega family returns to the original styling of its core lines, including the Speedmaster, Seamaster and Railmaster, this new chronograph evokes the original 1950’s models with its classic curved horns and round polished push-buttons. Add to this the column wheel chronograph with vertical coupling function, the Co-Axial escapement and a COSC certificate and it is clear that this handsome watch is a precision time keeper with all the good looks of a Speedmaster.

March 28th 2006 – read more below the gallery

By allowing one watch to record two or more events, the Rattrapante (or split-seconds) that was introduced in 1930, helped eliminate discrepancies between two chronographs in sports timing. Likewise, the column wheel introduced in 1898 into a pocket watch, allows precision start, stop and reset functions of the multiple hands of the chronograph. Sports enthusiasts today can time laps or two events without resorting to a second timekeeper while the tachymeter scale allows average speeds to be calculated over a set distance. Furthermore the red Pulsometer scale on the dial serves to take pulse readings.

Like all Speedmaster (except the X33) this watch is driven by a mechanical movement, in this case the self-winding Omega calibre 3612. The Co-Axial escapement, technology that is exclusive to Omega, represents one of the most important advances in watchmaking over the last 250 years and is now being introduced into the Speedmaster range. The Co-Axial escapement considerably reduces friction in the heart of the watch mechanism and offers improved long-term reliability and accuracy. Performance is further improved by a free-sprung balance that allows for more precise adjustments of the watch. The watch has a 52-hour power-reserve and the white rhodium-plated movement is finished to luxury standards with special waves, circular-graining and gold plated engraving. The screws and the column-wheel components are made of blued-steel and the movement is visible behind the sapphire crystal case back.

Two versions of the dial are available with black counters against a silver dial and vice versa, allowing for easy reading of both the chronograph and time functions. The red Pulsometer scale running around the outside of the dial provides another useful function and the fixed brushed stainless steel bezel incorporates an engraved tachymeter scale. Luminous, facetted and diamond-polished Broad Arrow hour and minute hands are easy to read while the red tip of the split-seconds hand allows precise readings to 1/8th of a second and the date window is positioned at 6 o’clock. The Omega logo and hour markers are applied to the dial.

The polished and brushed stainless steel case has a diameter of 44.25 mm and is water resistant to 100-m/330 ft and incorporates a watertight double-gasket crown. The domed and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal has an anti-reflective treatment. A third push-button at 10 o’clock activates the split second function.

The Speedmaster Rattrapante Co-Axial is available on either a satin finished stainless steel bracelet with a safety clasp or on a brown over stitched calfskin strap with a fold over stainless steel clasp.

Press Release – Omega Torino Olympic 2006 Collection

Omega Speedmaster CoAxial Rattrapante Torino Olympic 3886.30.37

Omega Speedmaster CoAxial Rattrapante Torino Olympic 3886.30.37

OMEGA has an unparalleled history in sports timekeeping. First named Official Timekeeper at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in 1932, OMEGA’s expertise in sports timekeeping and ability to deliver precise and reliable results led to the company’s appointment as Official Timekeeper for a total of twenty-one Olympic Games over the course of the 20th century. The Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games mark the return of OMEGA to its historic role. To celebrate, OMEGA presents the OMEGA Torino Olympic 2006 Collection, a series of three Limited Edition chronographs.

February 1st 2006 – read more below the gallery

The renewed relationship between OMEGA and the Olympic Games is highlighted on each of the Torino 2006 Olympic Collection chronographs by the five interlocking coloured rings that so famously represent the Olympic Games. A strikingly innovative application of nanotechnology has enabled OMEGA to integrate this historic symbol with extraordinary precision and fidelity into the watch design. The coloured rings form the counterweight of the split-seconds or central seconds hand on the three chronographs, celebrating the Olympic Games and recalling OMEGA’s record of continuous innovation in both watchmaking and sports timekeeping. The role of OMEGA as Official Timekeeper to the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games is underscored by the  “torino 2006” mark on the dial and by the Olympic rings symbol, the OMEGA name and symbol and the inscription “Official Timekeeper” stamped on the case back. An additional inscription on the case back enhances the exclusive character of the Torino 2006 Olympic Collection chronographs: “Torino 2006 Limited Edition”, followed by the engraved limited series number of the piece. The number of pieces in each of the three Limited Editions highlights the year 2006 and the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games: 01/26, 001/206, or 0001/2006.

Speedmaster Broad Arrow Co-Axial Rattrapante

The centrepiece of the OMEGA Torino Olympic 2006 Collection is this Speedmaster Broad Arrow Co-Axial Rattrapante. The five coloured rings form the counterweight of the Rattrapante hand, and the “torino 2006” mark in blue at 12 o’clock underscores OMEGA’s role as Official Timekeeper. The dial’s facetted, luminous Broad Arrow hour and minute hands recall those of the original Speedmasters; all hands are blued, as are the facetted hour markers. A black tachometric scale is engraved on the bezel; a red pulsometric scale circumscribes the silvered dial. The hour marker zone and silver-edged counters are highlighted with a rhodium colour. Below the 12-hour totalizer and date window at 6 o’clock are the words “Lap Timer” in black. The Speedmaster case in polished steel features a sapphire crystal and is water-resistant to 100 metres / 330 feet. This Limited Edition Co-Axial Rattrapante is powered by the exclusive self-winding OMEGA calibre 3612. This officially certified chronometer (COSC) movement has a power reserve of 55 hours and is fitted with OMEGA’s proprietary Co-Axial Escapement and the OMEGA free sprung-balance. The split-seconds chronograph mechanism, controlled by a double column-wheel in blued steel, ensures precision start, stop and reset functions for the chronograph hand, the split-seconds hand and the hour and minute totalisers. A vertical coupling also ensures no jump or delay in the chronograph hand and split-seconds hand when the chronograph is started. A hand-stitched brown leather strap enhances the elegance of this superb timepiece. Engraved on the case back: Torino 2006 Limited Edition (01/26).

Seamaster Aqua Terra Column-Wheel Chronograph

The second chronograph of three comprising the Limited Edition Torino 2006 Olympic Collection, this striking Seamaster Aqua Terra Column-Wheel Chronograph features the Olympic rings symbol on the counterweight of the chronograph seconds hand, and highlights OMEGA’s return to the Olympic Games with the official “torino 2006” mark in blue, which appears beneath the date window and hour totaliser at 6 o’clock. A pulsometer scale in red circumscribes the silvered dial. The facetted hour markers are blued, as are the hour and minute hands, which feature SuperLuminova inserts,  and the accessory counter hands. The heart of the Torino 2006 Collection Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph is the OMEGA calibre 3301 self-winding chronometer-chronograph movement. With its 55-hour power reserve, official chronometer certification and column-wheel mechanism, this calibre is one of OMEGA’s most prestigious chronograph movements. The calibre 3301 is also fitted with OMEGA’s proprietary free sprung-balance without index, which ensures the stability of the watch’s performance over long periods of use. The Aqua Terra Chrono has a sapphire crystal and is water-resistant to 150 meters / 330 feet. The stainless-steel case, pushers and crown offer contrasting polished and satin brushed steel surfaces, as does the elegant satin-brushed steel link bracelet. Engraved on the case back: Torino 2006 Limited Edition (001/206).

Speedmaster Automatic

Completing the Limited Edition Torino 2006 Olympic Collection is this elegant Speedmaster Reduced, featuring the five coloured rings that represent the Olympic Games as the counterweight of its central seconds hand. Over the 12-hour totalizer at 6 o’clock is the Torino 2006 mark in blue. A black tachometric scale is engraved on the satin-brushed bezel, and a red pulsometric scale circumscribes the silvered dial. The black baton hour and minute hands with SuperLuminova inserts and the small seconds hand, also in black, give this chronograph a sportier look. The central seconds hand and those of the 30-minute and 12-hour totalisers are rhodium plated, as are the hour markers. Contrasting satin-brushed and polished steel surfaces characterize the case, pushers, crown and each of the links in the steel bracelet. The Torino 2006 Olympic Collection Speedmaster is powered by the OMEGA calibre 3220 self-winding chronograph calibre, whose high-performance winding system ensures a power reserve of 40 hours. With its luxurious finish of special waves, circular graining and gold-plated engravings, the calibre 3220 movement is a perfect reflection of this Speedmaster’s stylish elegance. Engraved on the case back: Torino 2006 Limited Edition (0001/2006).

The OMEGA Olympic Torino 2006 Collection will undoubtedly appeal to collectors of classic timepieces, and in particular to those linked by design with the Olympic Games and the significant role of OMEGA as Official Timekeeper to the Torino 2006 Olympic Winter Games.

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