Come Sail Away: Hands-On With The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition
Omega is named Official Timekeeper of the 2021 America’s Cup and renews its partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand.
It’s official! Omega is returning to the high seas in 2021 to take part in the America's Cup, the oldest trophy in international sports competition. Set to take place in 2021 in Auckland, New Zealand, the America’s Cup promises plenty of action and high stakes sailing.
Omega’s President and CEO, Raynald Aeschlimann, says, “The America’s Cup has a truly special place within the Omega brand. From ingenuity and precision, through to the competitive energy and history, every part of it appeals to our spirit. We’re very excited about our role next March and also for the chance to be on-board with Emirates Team New Zealand once again.”
Omega has used this occasion to renew its 25-years-plus partnership with Emirates Team New Zealand, the 2017 winners of the America’s Cup. Recently, Watchonista had the chance to experience the new Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition made to celebrate the announcements. So, let’s set sail!
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition
To celebrate being named the Official Timekeeper for the 36th edition of the America’s Cup, Omega has unveiled a special version of its 600-meter Planet Ocean Diver. This 43.5mm stainless steel piece features a stunning red and blue color code, which well represents the heritage and of this famous event.
Perhaps most striking are the subtle accents throughout the timepiece, making this a fitting tribute to this international sailing competition. For starters, the striking blue ceramic bezel utilizes white and red liquid ceramic between the 12 and 2 o'clock counters to make a 5-min countdown for racing.
Additionally, the polished white ceramic dial lends a striking contrast to the blue indices and minute markers. Further, the bright red numerals at the 12, 6, and 9 o'clock positions give a subtle nod to the original Seamaster. What I found most extraordinary about the design of this Seamaster Planet Ocean was the small Auld Mug (the America’s Cup trophy) on the blued central seconds hand.
Experiencing The Watch
From the moment you strap this watch on your wrist, you know it means business. The case construction is robust and expertly finished. Amazingly, the curved lugs make this moderately large 43.5mm timepiece fit comfortably on my 7.5” wrists and feel significantly smaller. The blue rubber strap, with textured outer material and red/white accent stitching, doesn't bring the unnatural heft that other less qualitative straps add. And the deployant buckle with the Omega logo is well finished and doesn't pinch the wrist. Plus, the curved end strap fits seamlessly into the watch's 21mm lugs.
If the color motif wasn't enough to satisfy your America's Cup itch, the competition's logo is placed on the sapphire crystal caseback. It's here that the automatic Omega Calibre 8900 is visible. The watch's 60-hour power reserve is more than enough for a few days at sea; however, with the action expected, crews will have no problem with their watches losing power.
Overall, I quite like the Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition. I found the watch to be incredibly robust and wearable. While the America's Cup has had other brands as Official Timekeeper, Omega's participation is fitting, given their relationship with Emirates Team New Zealand.
The Seamaster Planet Ocean 36th America’s Cup Limited Edition is limited to 2,021 pieces and is priced at $7,050. The watch is available via your local Omega boutique or Omega’s website.
(Photography by Liam O'Donnell)