OMEGA continues to make waves in the world of horology, where accuracy and elegance meet. The legendary Swiss watchmaker has introduced its latest masterpiece, the Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black ETNZ Edition, as the countdown to the America’s Cup in Barcelona in 2024 begins. This exceptional timepiece honors the defending champions, Emirates Team New Zealand, and captures the spirit of this important sports event.
In the heart of Auckland, New Zealand, a dedicated crew is gearing up for the ultimate challenge – defending the America’s Cup. OMEGA, a brand synonymous with excellence in watchmaking, has drawn inspiration from the sail of the Emirates Team New Zealand (ETNZ) logo to create a collectible masterpiece that captures the essence of this historic competition.
Mr. Raynald Aeschlimann, President and CEO of OMEGA, spoke with admiration about the watch and the crew that ignited its creation. “Much like our friends from Emirates Team New Zealand, a year races by fast, so the time is right to show our true colors. Our race-ready watch looks as good as it performs and is a fitting tribute to the talented crew and the country they represent.”
The 45.5 mm Seamaster Planet Ocean mixes the deepest black with the ETNZ logo’s signature turquoise. Its black ceramic case is complimented by a brushed black ceramic unidirectional bezel with a white enamel diving scale. The white Super-LumiNova dot at 12 o’clock emits a fascinating green glow in low light circumstances.
The matte ceramic dial features a COUNTDOWN INDICATOR at 3 o’clock, complete with a flagged START, a nod to the pre-race rituals of sailing. The indicator’s hand and subdial ring are adorned in Emirates Team New Zealand logo turquoise, along with the minute track, number 12, and the central seconds chronograph hand, which boasts an America’s Cup trophy counterweight. Even the brushed black ceramic pushers, the helium escape valve’s “He,” and the OMEGA logo on the crown are accentuated with this distinctive color.
As a heartfelt salute to the Kiwi crew, the NAIAD LOCK caseback proudly displays the Emirates Team New Zealand logo, featuring the iconic turquoise fern and white lettering. Powering this exceptional timepiece is OMEGA’s Master Chronometer Calibre 9900, a testament to the brand’s commitment to precision and innovation.
The watch is presented on a black and turquoise structured rubber strap, highlighted by turquoise stitching and a black ceramic clasp. OMEGA offers three interchangeable straps in complementary colors, allowing wearers to customize their timepiece to suit their style.
To protect this sailing-inspired masterpiece on land, OMEGA has crafted a special presentation box, inspired by the Emirates Team New Zealand logo, ensuring that this remarkable timepiece remains safe and dry when not at sea.
In addition to creating exceptional tribute watches, OMEGA has been a steadfast supporter of Emirates Team New Zealand since 1995. The 37th edition of the world-famous America’s Cup will mark OMEGA’s fourth time as the Official Timekeeper, having previously timed the event in 2000, 2003, and 2021. OMEGA is honored to serve as the guardian of time for the world’s best sailors as they vie for glory on the water.
OMEGA’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Deep Black ETNZ Edition exemplifies the brand’s dedication to horological innovation and precision. This timepiece not only depicts the spirit of the America’s Cup, but also pays homage to Emirates Team New Zealand’s incredible crew. As the 37th America’s Cup approaches, OMEGA’s heritage as the Official Timekeeper continues to ensure that every moment of this historic event is commemorated with unsurpassed accuracy and style.