Launched in 2007, in honour of Emirates Team New Zealand and to mark its role as the team’s official watch, this OMEGA Seamaster NZL-32 chronograph is named after the boat that won the America’s Cup in 1995 and developed in collaboration with OMEGA Ambassador Dean Barker, skipper of Team New Zealand.
Designed for the regatta, the OMEGA Seamaster NZL-32 Chronograph is also a high-precision instrument capable of measuring performance to one-eighth of a second. Particular attention was paid to the key needs of the skipper and his crew during a regatta. The “start of the regatta” function clearly indicates the ten minutes preceding the starting signal by means of a special five-dot indicator. The dots gradually fill with a different colour ─ first blue, then red ─ as each successive five-minute period elapses. The OMEGA calibre 3602 self-winding movement is chronometer-certified and has a 40-hour power reserve.
The silver and black dial has applied, facetted hour markers, with luminous dots above each. A recessed black counter with a silver surround at 3 o’clock gives a clear overview of the total minutes that have elapsed, with blue and red markings to indicate the two five-minute periods leading up to the start. The smaller hour counter is placed at 12 o’clock. A discreet small seconds counter is situated at 9 o’clock. For maximum readability, the skeleton hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova, and the hands of the chronograph counters are red.
The polished and brushed stainless steel case has the distinctive shape and characteristic horns of the Seamaster line. The push buttons are on the left at 8 and 10 o’clock, giving the chronograph a balanced, harmonious appearance. A seahorse, which is the symbol of the Seamaster collection, is stamped on the case back. The case has a screw-in back and crown, ensuring water resistance to a depth of 150 metres (500 feet).
The chronograph is available with either a brushed stainless steel bracelet or a black rubber strap with white stitching and a fold-over clasp.