Omega Specialities Watches Review: Olympic, Pocket, Museum, Tourbillon, Jewelry
Omega Specialities collection accommodates an eclectic mix of watches covering the entire company spectrum: Olympic watches inspired by the iconic Speedmaster and Seamaster, jewelry timepieces based on Constellation line, historical pocket clocks, complicated tourbillon items, and even a specially designed commemorative JFK timer.
One model, titled as “Museum,” expresses the gist of Specialities particularly well – it is a department of collector's items the exhibition value of which can easily outweigh that of keeping time.
Like all Omega collections currently in production, Specialities offers separate selections for gents and ladies; likewise, women's creations tend to focus on jewelry and fashion designs, while men's, though including several jewelry models, put forward movement complications and memorabilia.
Museum and Tourbillon divisions in particular are filled to the brim with exotic builds, case frames, materials, and mechanism enhancements (central tourbillon, white gold, and skeleton dial to name a few). This is where the watchmakers and designers truly let their imagination and creativity loose.
The premise of Olympic watches is relatively straightforward: take a classic Speedmaster or Seamaster, and give it a sporty twist that's part gimmick and part tribute. Most notably, the counterweight of the central chronograph/seconds hand consists of the familiar five rings – each representing a continent.
Ladies Timeless pieces take things further, impressing the rings (as chrono totalizers) on the mother-of-pearl dials, and encrusting them with colored stones; other variations paint the Arabic numerals with five colors that match the rings.
Though diamonds make an appearance, the addition of white gold to the materials list presents a fresher novelty: yellow and red is the most common type of gold Omega use in the majority of their watches.
A genuine fashion collection, Museum is arguably Omega's riskiest – not surprising, considering the level of risk present in the fashion industry. The trend here is to experiment with case and lug designs, shapes, and dial configurations. Movements, automatic self-winding, mechanical manual winding and chronographs, remain mostly standard (that includes the Co-Axial escapement).
We would like to mention two models (appearing in image gallery above): a spectacular round white gold piece strongly reminiscent of Longines Le Grand Classique, and a vintage-like, bold, small-seconds tonneau that echoes Patek Philippe Gondolo Men's and Ulysse Nardin Michelangelo. These are among the brand's most visually exciting watches.