Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon

Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon

Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Watch What-If

Hopefully, this set of artistic renderings of the Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Chronograph Dark Side of the Moon (reviewed here) marks a return to our beloved "Watch What-If" series, where we explore what popular watch models might look like as seen through different eyes. Swedish artist and graphic designer Niklas Bergenstjerna has some fun with everyone's favorite ceramic Speedmaster, the Dark Side of the Moon, for the aBlogtoWatch audience.

Niklas Bergenstjerna comments that he liked to explore the intersection of watches as tools and art. He feels that strong, timeless designs make for fertile grounds to experiment on when it comes to design. For him, the mixture of materials and aesthetic design in the ceramic Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon made it an ideal piece to experiment with.

At the top is the "Dark Side of the Moon Asia." In Bergenstjerna's words, "the aim was to capture the spirit of 'Mystic Asia' in a modern and fashionable way. Here high-tech materials meet traditional patterns from Chinese porcelain."

Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Watch What-If

Next is the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Subway, which imagines the ceramic Dark Side of the Moon in a new case material and finish with a dial that looks like a subway transit map. For Bergenstjerna, the subway connection is not what is important. It is about combing these interesting and familiar geometric shapes into something completely unusual.

Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Watch What-If

This icy looking Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon-imagined watch is of course inspired by winter. Nordic winters are rather long, and of course rather icy. The concept reminds me a bit of Gustafsson & Sjogren watch designs when you look at use of a mesh metal bracelet and quasi-damascus steel look to the dial and case.

Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Watch What-If

One should not forget that the Omega Speedmaster began life as a racing watch. This "Ms Speed" imagination of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon goes back to the Speedmaster's track heritage but also combines it with some interesting femininity. Niklas thinks the intentionally androgynous look of the Ms Speed Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon comments on our own gender perceptions when it comes to design. When it comes down to it, is the watch for men or women? Does it even matter?

Watch What-If: Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Watch What-If

Last is the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Tron, which as its namesake a implies in inspired by the world of the 1982 science fiction film. Niklas in particular likes the colors and how the traditional world of a timeless design can be combined with modern aesthetic elements. These are all very interesting "watch what-if" versions of the Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon.

Niklas Bergenstjerna is a freelance graphic designer and watch lover based in the south of Sweden. niklex.com

  • I like the Tron one. The others are OK too except for the Barbie model.

  • csong36

    MarkCarson I would buy the “Barbie model” if Omega made it.

  • star42

    Put me down for one Omega TRONmaster thanks!

  • Dan A

    I really love the “tron,” if they made it I would buy it.

  • skippymyman

    Interesting from an artistic standpoint I suppose. But the tron version is the only one good enough to possibly see production.

  • somethingnottaken

    MarkCarson I think the Asia design would work with a simpler dial and plain bezed. However, as it is the chronograph sub dials, dial markings, and tachymeter obscure and conflict with the engraved design.

  • Chronic

    My favorite design is Mystic Asia.  I also like the Nordic Winter rendering. For those who can’t wait to pre-order a Dark Side of the Moon “Tron”, I suggest that you simply don a pair of electric-blue colored spectacles and gaze at the current production Speedmaster lit by halogen spotlighting.

  • spiceballs

    Titivating and well done but perhaps the only subway map that might stay the same long enough to remain relevant may be New York Subway with 2 new lines (East Side Access & 2nd Ave)  in 100 years.

  • csong36 I’ll accept that as coming from a lady’s point of view. Cheers.

  • somethingnottaken Ah, but then it wouldn’t be a Speedy would it? Cheers.

  • I dare say that Nordic Winter version is quite attractive! 
    Or how about something like a carbon fiber case with with an all meteorite dial?

  • Piero

    I specially like the tron version, but also the nordic winter one is attractive.

  • marbstiu

    Dont show this article to Omega! they might get ideas!

    The number of speedmaster variants put the Havaianas collection to shame!

  • DG Cayse

    The Nordic Moon and the Tron homage are …OK. I think they would find buyers.

  • DG Cayse

    spiceballs ‘Titillating’ and ‘motivating’ combined…..?

  • spiceballs

    DG Cayse spiceballs  ha,,  mmm  yes,  I guess I meant titillating but came off my keyboard err differently, as things sometimes do  – –  Must do better.

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  • f15soloist

    I’d gladly take the red strap from the Asia version for my Dark Side

  • That last one is the only good looking one, but I don’t want to be reminded of Speedtest every time I look at my wrist.

  • ofigitelnajaja@mail.ru

    Where can buy first one and how much is it?