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.

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Classics in the offing at Baselworld

With the countdown to the Basel watch and jewellery show underway, certain brands have already lifted a corner of the veil on the products they’ll be launching there. As already seen at this year‘s Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie,best replica watchmakers are revising their classics.

Two-handers, three-handers, chronos with two counters, 1960s even 1980s styles are all the rage. Together with smaller sizes, watchmakers are reviving the hallmarks of a classic design. Timepieces, right down to sport watches, are eschewing the extraneous in favour of elegance, although some still find inspiration outside the box. Either way, certain values never go out of style.

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A large date makes its debut in the Villeret collection, with optimal readability guaranteed by two large date windows. Inside beats the Blancpain 6950 automatic calibre with twin barrel, variable-inertia balance, silicon balance spring and gold adjusting screws. With its gentle curves and opaline dial, the Villeret Grande Date gives new expression to the time-honoured values of traditional luxury replica watchmaking.

Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic

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Chopard Qualité Fleurier

Qualité Fleurier is the most demanding of all cheap replica watches uk certifications as it combines COSC, Chronofiable and Fleuritest trials. This new model, which has been developed, manufactured and assembled entirely at Chopard’s second site in Fleurier, once again demonstrates the brand’s expertise in precision timekeeping. Driven by the L.U.C 96-09-L automatic calibre featuring Chopard’s exclusive “Twin” technology stacked barrels for a power reserve of 65 hours, the Chopard Qualité Fleurier is already a true classic.

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Elegance and timeless beauty define the 1966 collection from Girard-Perregaux, both essential qualities of any classic Omega replica watches. Two new models join the range this year. Their delicately rounded dials are embellished with a concentric guillochage of twelve segments radiating from the centre, with baton hour-markers swept by leaf-shaped hands. Beneath the dial, the GP 03300 automatic movement stands 3.20mm high and beats at 28,800 vibrations/hour. A lesson in refinement.

Hublot Big Bang Ferrari Grey Ceramic

Hublot celebrates the third year of its partnership with the automaker from Maranello with the launch of two “racing” versions of its Big Bang Ferrari, both in 45mm ceramic cases. The grey version borrows the colours of the North America Racing Team livery. The aerodynamic dial, featuring Ferrari’s iconic prancing horse as well as the minute counter, allows a glimpse of Hublot’s Unico manufacture movement. You can almost hear the engines roar.

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JeanRichard Terrascope 39 mm

Inspiration comes out of the blue for JeanRichard, as the brand introduces a 39mm version of its Terrascope, recognisable by its cushion case with round opening, featuring a structured blue dial and a matching ostrich leather strap. Driven by the 28,800 vibrations per hour of the JR60 automatic calibre, developed on an ETA base, here’s a replica watches online that no longer forces us to choose between sportiness and elegance.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M James Bond

James Bond returns in Spectre, the latest instalment in the most famous film saga ever and, to mark the event, Omega is launching a Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M that is embossed with the family coat of arms of Her Majesty’s most distinguished spy. The dial is inscribed 15’007, a nod at the Master Co-Axial calibres which offer protection against magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. This latest exploit from Omega has given rise to a new certification.

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Dive Watch Test: Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial

Recently, our editors went 11 feet under water to test various divers’ watches for legibility, ease of use, and toughness in actual diving conditions. One of these best luxury replica watches UK, all of whose test results were revealed in WatchTime’s December 2012 issue, was the Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-Axial.

The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M Co-axial boasts very high-quality, well-crafted components, which contribute to its considerable sturdiness. The case, made of titanium, suffered only the slightest scratches during our test dive: The faint blemishes were almost impossible to detect on the sides of the case, which are satin finished.

The bezel remained unscathed because it has ceramic inlays like those on the bezel of another watch we tested, the Oris Tubbataha. The numerals and indices on the Omega’s bezel are made of “liquid metal,” a metal alloy with such a low melting point (400 degrees Celsius) that the molten metal can be pressed into the bezel’s notches without damaging the surrounding ceramic.

Steel alloys ordinarily used for men’s replica watches have a hardness between 200 and 240 Vickers, but liquid metal is harder: 600 Vickers. The ceramic used for the bezel is even harder (1,200 Vickers), so after the liquid metal has been pressed into the notches, any excess alloy can be scraped away without marring the ceramic. Omega’s combination of ceramic and liquid metal results in a very hard and finely crafted dive-time ring.

Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean - front/back

The ceramic on our test cheap Omega replica watches has the same lush blue color as the carefully crafted dial and the rubber strap. With its organic-looking surface and contrasting stitching, the rubber strap looks like leather and makes an elegant impression. It has a sturdy titanium clasp with two safety buttons and an embossed Omega logo.

The bezel is easy to turn, provided the wearer’s diving gloves are no thicker than 3 mm. The rotating bezel clicks cleanly into each of its half-minute settings without wiggling.

User-friendliness is unfortunately not as good under water as it is above. Reading the dive time is extremely difficult because the bezel doesn’t provide enough contrast. But even the time of day can be hard to make out: The hour and minutes hands, both with arrowheads, are so similar that they can be difficult to tell apart in turbulent or murky water. If you descend to darker depths, the luminous paint on the hands is too sparse to assure absolute clarity.

The paint itself shines very brightly and the minutes hand, unlike all the other displays, glows yellow rather than green. The indices are nice and wide, too. These features combine to make the time very easy to read on land both day and night. The poor legibility only occurs under water, so the watch’s legibility received an overall rating of “good” in our test.

Another shortcoming – and one that we found on nearly all of our test watches – is the crystal’s inability to compensate for the peculiar way that light refracts under water. The front crystal is highly reflective: If you turn the top replica watches uk even slightly, the dial you could read a moment ago can change into a totally reflective surface.

This effect disappears entirely when you return to the water’s surface, where you can view the face from the side to enjoy the three-dimensional look of the dial, which has applied indices and an applied logo. We weren’t so happy with the black date disk: It’s the only element that doesn’t match the blue of the rest of the fashion Swiss replica watches.

The date display can be reset backward if necessary, rather than having to move it dozens of days forward. It jumps forward to tomorrow or back to yesterday as necessary when you set the hour hand forward or backward in hourly increments.

The watch contains Omega’s own automatic Caliber 8500, which deserves kudos for its distinctive embellishments and modern construction, including a balance bridge rather than a balance cock, a freely swinging hairspring, and four regulating screws on the balance. The balance spring is made of silicon.  Download the full review here.

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