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Close-Up: Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon”

To accompany its highly successful “Dark Side of the Moon” collection, Omega launched the Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon” last year. Fashioned from ceramic and platinum, the watch features several design elements that distinguish it from other cheap Omega replica watches.

The watch’s look is inspired by the lunar dust that captured the footprints of the Apollo astronauts in the iconic images beamed back to Earth. When creating this Panerai replica watches, Omega had to employ a special process to capture the color of the lunar surface. The ceramic material starts out white, but it takes on the required darker hue in a high-temperature plasma furnace. Exposed to a proprietary mix of gasses at a temperature of 36,000 degrees Fahrenheit for three hours, the ceramic emerges in a shimmering grey. This unique ceramic is used to create the case, caseback, bezel, crown, pushers and buckle of this 44.25-mm timepiece.

omega grey side of the moon

In another first for Omega, the engraved tachymetric scale on the bezel is filled with Super-LumiNova, making it highly legible in all lighting conditions. The “Ω” symbol on the crown is also filled with the luminescent material. The dial of this new Omega Speedmaster is sandblasted 950 platinum, and two integrated platinum subdials distinguish this model from its legendary “Moonwatch” predecessor. The subdial at 3 o’clock incorporates both the 12-hour and 60-minute chronograph counters, for intuitive reading of the elapsed time. The continuous seconds appear at 9 o’clock. The dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon” is presented on a grey leather strap. Red stitching on the underside of the strap complements the red accents on the in-house Omega Co-Axial caliber 9300 movement, which is visible through the beveled sapphire crystal caseback. This movement is fitted with an Si14 silicon balance spring for improved timekeeping performance under all conditions. The Omega Speedmaster “Grey Side of the Moon” is offered with a four-year warranty and is delivered in a special presentation box. The Omega fake watches is priced at $12,000.

omega grey side of the moon

Five Affordable Montblanc Watches Under $5,000

An appreciation for affordable fine timepieces often goes hand in hand with an appreciation for fine writing instruments. Both require high levels of skill to execute at the highest level. Both combine mechanical precision with a refined aesthetic that expresses one’s personal style. Today, Montblanc is a master of both realms. Here are five affordable Montblanc replica watches for your consideration.

Montblanc Star Traditional Collection Date Automatic

Since it launched its first wristwatch in 1997, Montblanc timepieces have developed an instantly identifiable style. The Star Traditional Collection Date Automatic offers subtle elegance with a dash of flair. Stylized Arabic numerals mark the hours in a distinctive font that immediately identifies the origins of this timepiece. Behind the numbers, the dial is decorated with an intricate spiral guilloché pattern, while the cardinal points on the minutes track appear in red to add a touch of color. The seconds hand carries the famed Montblanc star-shaped logo, as does the crown. The stainless steel case measures a classic 39 mm in diameter, and a sapphire-crystal display back provides a view of the Swiss-made automatic-winding movement. An alligator strap secured by a folding buckle completes the package.

The Montblanc Star Traditional Collection Date Automatic is priced at $2,875.

Montblanc Star Traditional Collection Date Automatic

Montblanc TimeWalker Collection Voyager UTC

The Montblanc TimeWalker collection offers sporty timepieces with bold, modern styling. The Voyager UTC’s ability to track a second time zone makes it perfect for travelers, and those who need to instantly know the time elsewhere on the globe. The primary time display presents the local time on a 12-hour scale, while the skeletonized hand with the red tip displays the hour in the second time zone on a 24-hour track on the flange surrounding the dial. The light and dark colors on the 24-hour track create an easy-to-read day/night indicator.

The thin bezel on the 42-mm case creates an open look that gives the Omega replica watches sale added presence on the wrist. The design allows for an extra-large dial, improving legibility. The oversize crown is textured for easy operation, and it carries the trademark Montblanc star-shaped logo. A sapphire display back allows a view of the automatic-winding Swiss-made caliber. A stainless steel bracelet with a triple-folding buckle provides the finishing touch.

The Montblanc TimeWalker Collection Voyager UTC is priced at $4,200.

Montblanc TimeWalker Collection Voyager UTC

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection Moonphase

Montblanc launched the Meisterstück Heritage Collection to rave reviews at the 2014 SIHH watch show in Geneva. The collection offers classically styled timepieces with modern dimensions and excellent value. The Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase combines several traditional design codes including a bombé dial with sunburst finish, applied indexes, faceted, gold-plated dauphine hands, and differentiated polished and satin surface finishes on the 39-mm stainless steel case.

Of course the eye is drawn to the deep blue moon-phase display with celestial bodies presented in gold. The moon’s phases appear in the traditional manner inside a “double-bubble” dial aperture. This display is incorporated into the date indicator, which utilizes a simple blued hand. A display back allows a view of the automatic-winding Swiss-made movement. A black alligator strap with a traditional pronged buckle round out the package.

The Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection Moonphase is priced at $4,600.

Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection Moonphase

Montblanc Star Traditional Collection World-Time GMT Automatic

The World-Time GMT Automatic offers ease-of-use , and some bragging rights, in a very attractive package. This watch incorporates a patented system that allows the setting of all displays via the crown, and it won the 2011 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in the “Petite Aiguille” category.

The case measures 42 mm x 12.6 mm. On the dial, the silver 12-hour hand shows the time in the wearer’s present location. The smaller, red-tipped GMT hand tracks a second time zone on a 24-hour scale that uses dark and light colors to create a simple but effective day/night indication. The outer ring indicates the corresponding world time. The patented setting system controls all dial indications from the crown, and disconnects the movement from the GMT and world time indicators whenever a time zone correction is made. This means the movement continues to keep accurate time while the watch is being reset. The mechanism is integrated into self-winding Swiss-made caliber that is visible through a sapphire caseback.

The Star Traditional Collection World-Time GMT Automatic is priced at $5,000.

Montblanc Star Traditional Collection World-Time GMT Automatic

Montblanc TimeWalker Collection World-Time Hemispheres – North

The flange with the city names does not rotate – it is fixed in place so the city names line up with the locations of the cities on the maps that adorn the dials. Each map shows the appropriate hemisphere with the geographic North or South Pole at the center.  The map is interrupted by a ring that sits beneath the dial marked with the hours from 1 to 24. Turning the crown rotates the ring to display the time in each of the 24 time zones. Now for another trick: the 24-hour ring follows the direction of the Earth’s rotation, so on the Northern Hemisphere watch it rotates clockwise, while the Southern Hemisphere version rotates counter-clockwise. That means each version requires its own unique movement.

What if you frequently travel between hemispheres? All is not lost. Each cheap Omega replica watches contains a map of the opposite hemisphere, with its city names, engraved on the caseback.

The “North” version, shown below, is priced at $5,000.

Montblanc TimeWalker Collection World-Time Hemispheres – North