Cheap Replica Omega CEO Stephen Urquhart on James Bond, Modern Moonwatches, and Master Chronometers

Omega Replica Watches is having a big year in 2015, as evidenced by the Swiss brand’s big announcement of its all-new quality hallmark, the Master Chronometer certificate, and the first watch to pass its stringent standards, the new Globemaster; the further expansion of its popular Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon collection; and the release of yet another limited-edition timepiece inspired by the upcoming new James Bond film, Spectre. I sat down with Omega’s longtime CEO, Stephen Urquhart, to get his personal insights into these and other Omega innovations for 2015.

WT: At Baselworld, you announced Omega’s new Master Chronometer Certification and the first Hublot Replica watches to use it, the Globemaster. Would you say that this is as big a game-changer for the brand and its identity as, say, the introduction of the co-axial escapement?

SU: I wouldn’t necessarily compare the two but of course they are both very important. The co-axial escapement was a game changer, as you say, though it was obviously more difficult to explain to the consumer. Nevertheless, it was the result of a mission that we set out to accomplish. [Inventor of the co-axial escapement] Dr. George Daniels decided 20 years before that he wanted to make a movement that used little, if any, oil at all: taking away that lubrication problem was the main aim, and this led us to make our own in-house movement in 2007, a step we might not have taken had it not been for the co-axial escapement. We know now, looking back, that the co-axial movement is a big improvement over the older lever-escapement movements that we used at Omega. The Master Chronometer certification is a little bit different in the sense that we already had the co-axial movement as a base, but now we have something we can actually quantify, namely that we’ve overcome the most important obstacle with the anti-magnetic technology that we introduced. But what makes it special is not just the testing to 15,000 Gauss, which is itself very laborious, but we wanted to increase the number of positions the Omega Replica Watches is tested in and also test it under different conditions of everyday wear. And all the rest of this is possible because of the co-axial technology.

Omega CEO Stephen Urquhart

WT: So for lack of a better description, the new certification should serve as proof that the co-axial technology makes a watch’s movement more accurate?

SU: Yes, without shouting it from the rooftops, I hope that’s what’s going to come out of all this.

WT: You mentioned that it was difficult to express to the consumer what made the co-axial movement special back in the early ‘90s when the first one came out. Is that a little bit easier to express now that the watch connoisseur market is more “mature?”

SU: Yes, definitely. The interest in watches is much bigger now than it was 50 years ago, for sure, and that’s also helped.

WT: Do you know of any other watch brands that make movements with co-axial escapements?

SU: No, and they could if they wanted to. It’s not patented. It’s been in the public domain for 12 years or so now. I’m not sure why they don’t; I think it’s just very difficult to make. We have incredible know-how here and we had the help of George Daniels, as well as ETA and Nivarox, but it still took us from ’92 to ’99 to develop the co-axial because of the very delicate operations involved.

WT: And that technology has obviously become part of this brand’s identity. Is that the goal with the Master Chronometer as well, for the consumer to think that when they’re buying an Omega, they’re not only getting this very accurate movement but also the highest level of anti-magnetic protection?

SU: Well, the magnetism is a problem for Rolex Replica Watches UK that needed to be addressed, maybe more so today. Omega made anti-magnetic watches in the 1950’s, like the Railmaster. That was for the guys working on steam engines and such — massive amounts of magnetism there. At the time, manufacturers would just put the movement in a Faraday cage, as many brands still do today. But today we are living in a different world where magnetism is rampant. Our goal is not just to sell this watch to radiologists so they can feel comfortable putting their hand in the x-ray machine; it’s really for everyday use. I would say at least half of all the problems consumers have with a mechanical watch not keeping good time is due to magnetic fields they encounter in everyday life. Most people don’t know about many of them, like when they’re cooking in a microwave oven or opening a refrigerator door. The idea is to make the consumer feel he’s got a more reliable product, without the bother and the cost of sending a watch back to have it de-magnetized, re-set, and sent back. Let’s make a product that’s meant to last not just decades, but hopefully generations. Let’s make it as easy as possible for the consumer.

Omega Globemaster - white dial - reclining

WT: You’ve also made a point of saying that Omega’s Master Chronometer certification is open to any other brand that wants to submit watches for it. Do you expect that to happen anytime soon, and do you think it would it start within the Swatch Group?

SU: For the moment, no. But it could happen, We’ve always wanted to be very clear that METAS is a federal government Institution, so this certification could never be exclusively limited to Omega or any other single brand.

WT: If the Master Chronometer represents the future of Omega movements, what about the movements inside the Speedmaster Moonwatches, which the brand has long said will remain the same out of respect for this watch’s history? As you launch four new “Dark Side of the Moon” models this year, have you heard from any collectors and fans that they want a more modern movement in there?

SU: We have. We’ve debated about it internally, and to me, both opinions are valid. On the one hand, the idea that it has the authentic, original movement is fantastic. On the other, you can say, look — we’re living in a new era, we’re in 2015, we have to look ahead, we don’t want to live in the past, we want to live in the future. Also, a lot of collectors wouldn’t mind us carrying one with a more modern movement because it might make their original Tag Heuer Replica UK watches more valuable. But ultimately we decided to keep it in there. It’s a nice story, it’s a true story, and it adds to its nostalgic value as a piece of hardware that was used to go to the moon.

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WT:  A new James Bond film, Spectre, opens this year, and Omega has created another special-edition watch for it. How did you arrive at that model for the latest Bond watch and how much input, if any, did the people making the movie have in its development?

SU: In the last film [Skyfall], Bond started off wearing a Planet Ocean and later wore a blue Aqua Terra, so we and Daniel Craig [who plays Bond] agreed that he would wear another Aqua Terra in the new film. And Daniel, who knows a lot about watches, also liked the idea of having an anti-magnetic one — which doesn’t mean that it will be used in some “anti-magnetism” scene in the movie, by the way.

Omega Aqua Terra James Bond SPECTRE Limited-Edition - mood background

WT: So Daniel Craig is a true watch fan himself?

SU: He does know watches, and he loves Omega, which has made it quite easy for us. He owns a few Omegas, including one I’ve given him for his birthday, which he loves, and a 1968 model, and he said he would like to wear that watch. But that’s him, as Daniel Craig not as James Bond. So we made a limited edition — not the same exact watch that we first launched with the anti-magnetic movement, but one with a blue dial, like the watch he wore in the last film, and incorporating his idea of the gun-barrel rotor and the Bond coat of arms.

WT: Besides your team and Daniel Craig, who else is involved in producing these limited editions for each Bond film?

SU: Well there are a lot of players in there, obviously. It’s never been our role to say, “You will wear this.” In fact, from the beginning, it was the Bond people who approached us rather than the other way around.

Daniel Craig as James Bond in SKYFALL wearing OMEGA Seamaster

WT: That was when Pierce Brosnan started as Bond.

SU: Yes, in 1995, they came to us and they chose the Seamaster Diver, because they wanted that look for Bond. And the watch was more or less the same in the first three or four films with Brosnan. In Casino Royale, we introduced the Planet Ocean, which was a little bit due to Craig’s influence, because he didn’t want to have the same watch as the other James Bond — which we, of course, were 100 percent okay with. So they listen to us, but which watch is worn is not really our decision. There are usually three parties involved on their end. Daniel Craig is, I repeat, a watch connoisseur, so he has his opinion, a very strong opinion. Then there is the director of the film, Sam Mendes this time, who is not as detail-oriented as Daniel Craig might be, but he has the big picture in mind of what sort of watch he would like. He’s not going to say he wants a Seamaster instead of a Speedmaster, but in terms of the color and overall look, he has his ideas. And then, of course, there’s the owner of the Bond license, Barbara Broccoli, who has a say as well. She wants Craig to be happy and she wants Sam to be happy, so she’s pretty cool about it. And of course, I want them all to be happy. So that’s the name of the game.

Omega CEO Stephen Urquhart at Omega boutique

WT: A quick thought on the rise of the smartwatch and what that means, if anything, to Omega’s strategy going forward?

SU: The biggest company in the world, Apple, is bringing out a connected Breitling Replica Watches, and they’ll sell millions. This is a no-brainer; we all know that. But I don’t think that any of our potential customers are thinking, “I was going to buy the new Dark Side of the Moon, but I think I’ll buy the Apple Watch instead.” I don’t think it’s the same customer.

Cheap Replica Longines The Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping

— Bertram Allen on Romanov wins the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris.

 

This weekend, the best riders and horses were gathered in the French capital for the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping, the eighth stage of the Longines Global Champions Tour. On Saturday, after a thrilling trial, Bertram Allen on Romanov won the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris, followed by Diniz Luciana (Portugal) on Fit For Fun 13 and Darragh Kenny (Ireland) on Sans Souci Z.

For the second year running, the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping is included in the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT), a prestigious 15-stage tour of which Longines is the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper since 2013. In addition, this 5* show jumping event, the highest category in the FEI’s hierarchy, counts towards the world’s ranking of the discipline: the Longines Rankings.

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Prize-giving ceremony of the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Paris with Bertram Allen, winner, Luciana Diniz, second and Darragh Kenny, third, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice-President and Head of International Marketing and Virginie Coupérie-Eiffel, President of the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping.
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This event was the perfect opportunity to discover the Longines DolceVita collection. Since its inception, this line has illustrated worldwide the brand’s contemporary elegance. This year Longines has decided to offer a new interpretation of this collection, subtly combining geometric lines with soft curves.

The Official Replica Rolex Watches of the Longines Paris Eiffel Jumping, decorated with diamonds and cased in steel, features a silver-coloured “flinqué” dial adorned with painted Roman numerals. Driven by their quartz movement, the blued-steel hands point to the passing hours and minutes. This timepiece is mounted on a stainless steel bracelet.

Cheap Director of the London Replica Watches Department

— The latest arrival at Phillips has handled over 20,000 replica watches for sale in his career


Renowned watch expert Paul Maudsley has joined Phillips as International Specialist, Director of the London Watches Department. He is credited with transforming the UK watch market and has handled over 20,000 watches in his 16-year career, which equates to one and a half watches every working hour of every working day over that period.

Maudsley has been collecting watches from the age of 13 and has thus developed a love and broad knowledge of horology. Organising watch auctions on three continents, Paul has been responsible for sourcing some of the finest quality timepieces in the world. He has a well-known passion for Rolex sports replica watches and has a great knowledge of the many different models and variations produced, setting numerous records for such pieces at auction.

Aurel Bacs, senior consultant says: “We warmly welcome Paul Maudsley to the team and look forward to working with him on the lead up to our sales this fall on 7 and 8 November in Geneva and our inaugural watch auction in Hong Kong taking place on 1 December. Our existing team of passionate specialists has already demonstrated their strength with the outstanding results from the May auctions in Geneva and will further benefit from Paul’s knowledge and expertise.”

Paul joins Phillips international team of Cheap Replica Breitling Watches Specialists including Kate Lacey, Specialist based in London, Paul Boutros, International Strategy Advisor in New York and Jill Chen, Business Development Director, based in Phillips’ Hong Kong office which opens in August.

 

What’s next? The replica watches for sale, version 2.0

— Our avid watch collector offers some hints on what the replica watches for sale, version 2.0, may offer.

Star Trek watch


On the eve of Baselworld 2015 we publish the second article in a two-part series that looks at the watch of the near future. Read the first part here.

Design: The design will need to take several factors into account: a solid case back to allow the battery to be charged, space for sensors (health applications), a new means of attaching the strap (more on this later) , a system for connecting the sapphire crystal with the digital motor of the fake watches UK, a separate housing for the mechanical movement and a means of removing modules from the watch without needing a watchmaker. The solution to horological obsolescence is found in Google’s ARA project. You just need an interchangeable digital module that can be integrated into the watch. In this way, the Swiss replica watches maintains the longevity that befits a luxury object but will at the same time be able to evolve like a digital instrument!

Google Project ARA

A mock-up of a modular device based on the Google ARA project.
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The strap: It could be the most important component in the watch, version 2.0. Why? Researchers have recently discovered a way of generating electrical energy from body heat using high-tech straps. So we can easily imagine a watch strap that produces energy, connected to the watch case using a specific form of attachment. This would also solve, or at least alleviate, the problem of recharging. You would just need a battery that could be recharged by the strap or by induction to ensure a sufficient power reserve for the cheap replica watches.

A watch that can generate electricity from body heat

A watch that can generate electricity from body heat.
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Material: The future is in aluminium and recycled plastics, or new lightweight, biocompatible alloys. This will be the next battle in smart watches : new customers will pay attention to the respect for the environment.

The sapphire crystal: Along with energy, this is the other challenge for the Breitling replica watches, version 2.0. How to show digital and mechanical at the same time? The solution comes from the structure of sapphire crystal and the use of a new complication that is already used in other fields : the ability to project images on to glass or make them disappear so that the glass becomes transparent. The new sapphire crystal will act as both an interface and a means of protection. It will be connected to the watch’s digital motor and operated by its wearer, turning the look from classic to “i-look”.

Mechanical functions: Their role will become secondary, but overriding in terms of emotion. The watch may therefore house different ultra-thin calibres with three hands, a chronograph or GMT to give it the right look. They would have to fit with the design of the watch and could try some stylistic innovations such as blue, red or green movements!

The digital module: It will work hand-in-hand with the mechanical movement and will be housed side by side in the case. It would either have to be hidden or made visually appealing. A lot of gadgets today allow us to see energy visually. Why not try this with a watch? As previously mentioned, it would probably have to be removable.

Digital functions: Here, the sky is the limit, but we could imagine some additions to the classic calendar, health and communication options. What about functions that give some information on how the mechanical calibre is running?

That would be as useless as it is fascinating.

Conclusion: Who and when?

This is a road map that may inspire some Rolex replica watches brands. They have probably already started to work on some of these ideas. But what we really need is to see them open up to the world rather than stick to their suicidal attitude of “that’s not the way we do things here”.