Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre-Basel 2013

Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre-Basel 2013

Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre Basel 2013   watch releases

Omega is clearly prepared for BaselWorld 2013 and has announced three new limited edition models in advance of the show, which takes place in April of this year. The most interesting part of the announcement is the debut of a new gold alloy they call "Sedna". The first of their timepiece announcements is the Constellation Sedna, a ladies' sized Constellation crafted from this new alloy. A mix of gold, copper and palladium renders a case that looks very much like rose gold and exhibits a strong reddish hue. Being comprised of at least 75% gold, Omega is claiming that this Swatch in-house alloy will better sustain its rose gold tone. This sounds like Omega's answer (once again) to Rolex's Everose gold alloy. To match the case, the Sedna comes fitted with Sedna alloy hands, markers and tang buckle.

Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre Basel 2013   watch releases

The Constellation Sedna is 38 mm wide and its unique alloy case houses an Omega in-house co-axial 8501 automatic chronometer movement. The movement, along with its Si14 silicon balance spring, can be viewed via a sapphire display case back. The name Sedna comes from a trans-neptunian object which astronomers have described as the reddest object in our solar system and seems a fitting name for a model within the Constellation range. Limited to 1952 pieces, the Sedna limited edition is a nod to the year that Omega launched the original Constellation. New alloys and case materials seem to be all the rage so it's encouraging to see a giant like Swatch continuing to develop new constructions techniques for their watches. Now on to the limited edition Seamaster Planet Oceans!

Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre Basel 2013   watch releases

Did you know that the 2014 Olympics are going to be held in Sochi, Russia? I sure didn't. Luckily Omega is producing a pair of limited edition watches for the upcoming winter games. The Sochi games will the 26th time that Omega has been the official timekeeper for the Olympic Games and to commemorate the 2014 Games, Omega will produce two limited edition Seamaster Planet Ocean models. The Planet Ocean Sochi 2014 limited edition models offer both a 46 mm men's version and a 37.5 mm ladies' version.

Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre Basel 2013   watch releases

Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre Basel 2013   watch releases

The men's version carries the reference 522.30.46.21.01.001 which should indicate that it is a 46 mm case and will be delivered on a stainless steel bracelet. Powered by the same caliber 8500 co-axial movement found in much of the non-limited edition Planet Ocean lineup, the Sochi 2014 model is distinctive thanks to a subtle use of red and blue coloring in the countdown scale on the ceramic unidirectional bezel. The standard case back has been swapped for a commemorative Sochi 2014 design but I think this is the most reserved limited edition Omega Planet Ocean I have ever seen. You could essentially buy this model simply because you like the use of red and blue on the bezel. Personally, I could care less about the Olympics but I think the bezel design is kinda cool, some added color to what has otherwise become a fairly stoic range of watches.

Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre Basel 2013   watch releases

The ladies' version, reference 522.33.38.20.04.001, has a bright white dial and bezel and comes fitted to a white leather strap. Timekeeping is managed by the 8520 co-axial automatic chronometer movement and, just like the 46 mm version, water resistance is a dishwasher-safe 600m. Omega has kept the red and blue accent colors for the ladies' Sochi 2014 versions with red and blue dial markings and bezel indexes to match the men's model. Both versions will be limited to a not-so-limited 2014 pieces. No dial text or graphics to suggest Sochi 2014 may mean that these models will be capable of reaching a wider audience, including those that may not be all that interested in the Olympics.

Omega Sedna Gold And Sochi Games Limited Edition Watches Announced Pre Basel 2013   watch releases

No word on pricing for this trio of limited editions but we will dig up more information come BaselWorld later this year. What do you think of the Sedna and Sochi 2014 limited editions? Does the new alloy interest you? Would you wear one of these under-the-radar Planet Ocean designs simply for the dash of extra color? Let us know in the comments. omegawatches.com

9 comments
armenta
armenta

TOTALLY NOT ON TOPIC HERE, but since there are no forums on aBlogtoWatch I figured I would give this a go here., being all Pre Basel and all.

I am waiting on pins and needles over here for what I feel is inevitable. Will the 9300 movement will make it's way into the Seamaster Aqua Terra Chronograph this year. I've been putting away the dough to drop as soon as it comes out, and I am all ready to roll. There are many signs that this will be the case...eventually, so do you think this April will be THAT time, or am I SOL till some distant April. There is an utter lack of this conversation out in the ether, am I delusional or is Omega moderating every forum out there and yanking this info from the web. People please give me hope, I want to spend this money...please. I don't care if you lie, I need to be consoled, and no I will not be buying the current 3313 version, so don't even bring it up.

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

Meh. I thought the Vancouver release was nice: told you plainly it was an Olympic model without slapping you in the face with it. This one is almost like Omega is trying to hide the Olympic affiliation: they don't even have Olympic ring counterbalances on the seconds hand, a subtle touch I always found to be quite attractive.

Chronic
Chronic

The Seamaster ladies version ( 522.33.38.20.04.001 ) will use an Omega 8520 ("eighty-five twenty", not "8502") movement, which is the downsized version of the 8500.  There were other typos in the piece but I thought this was the most factually relevant.

Ryan B
Ryan B

good use of colors on the Seamaster

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

Th constellation Sedna is elegant and attractive, despite my dislike of Roman numerals.  The other pieces are a valiant attempt at doing something different, just not different enough.  So much potential, such a timid effort.  Olympics again so soon?  That would be the winter Olympics I guess.

MarkCarson
MarkCarson

I like the use of red and blue on the Sochi Seamasters. But I wonder why they did the colors in that order on the bezel. The Russian flag is white, blue & red (from top to bottom) so Omega's order of blue, red, white doesn't make much sense to me. But the numbers on the ladies model are in the right order (top to bottom).

The sedna gold looks fine, but I wish they had given information on its hardness (scratch resistance), otherwise what is the point really. While Hublot's magic gold is sort of greenish, at  least it is an honest attempt to improve on gold's softness.

gerikson
gerikson

I'm not sure why the Everose and Sedna alloys exist: I'm guessing they're harder than 18K gold? 18K also contains 75% gold compared to 24K. Or is the point the rose hue.

I quite like the men's Sochi Seamaster. Understated yet attractive.

somethingnottaken
somethingnottaken

I haven't really been a fan of Omega's designs, but I'm quite fond of the Sochi and the recent anti-magnetic prototype. Using Palladium instead of Silver in a Gold alloy isn't entirely novel, but it should indeed increase corrosion/tarnish resistance.

gerikson
gerikson

@MarkCarson nice catch on the colours! I must admit I like the ordering on the bezel - blue, red, white - but it matches neither the Russian white, blue, red nor the French blue, white, red OR the Dutch red, white blue... 

However if you go from the US flags field of stars to the bars you do get blue, red, and white!

I do believe that those 3 colours are the most popular of national flags so you'll get a shoutout to a lot of countries, appropriate for the Olympics and for Omega's global market.

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