Swiss watch maker Omega has created a brand new Speedmaster to celebrate their partnership between ALINGHI, the sailing team founded and directed by Ernesto Bertarelli.
The OMEGA Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph 44.25 MM Team Alinghi watch is driven by an expertly decorated Calibre 1865. The manual winding movement is ideal for sailing crews due to its lighter and thinner design. To enhance the movement, OMEGA has taken inspiration from ALINGHI’s new TF35 catamaran.
Using laser ablation, the mainplate and barrel bridge have been given a honeycomb effect, similar to the interior of the ALINGHI boat’s carbon hull. The same laser ablation technology has then been employed to decorate all other bridges with a black carbon pattern, also inspired by the carbon that is used for the boat’s hull.
For the overall colour coding, OMEGA has matched the watch with the ALINGHI logo, which includes red to represent passion, and black for technology. This can be seen through features such as the perforated black and red rubber strap, as well as the 44.25 mm case in black zirconium oxide ceramic. Along with a tachymeter scale in Super-LumiNova, the outward design is also notable for the ALINGHI logo on the stop/start pusher, which has been created in red varnish.
Two of the watch’s subdials are also worthy of attention. At 3 o’clock, a 4-minute or 5-minute tactical time display has been included in red, helping with precision on the water.
At 6 o’clock, the traditional subdial design has been replaced with a sandblasted and anodized aluminium disc, which features the ALINGHI logo transferred in red. The team’s logo represents the letter “a” and is inspired by two boats churning the seas before the start of a match race. The logo rotates on the watch when the chronograph function is used.
OMEGA and ALINGHI formed their partnership in 2019, and have already enjoyed racing success thanks to the team’s GC32 world title in June 2019, D35 Trophy win in September and GC32 championship in November.
Founded and directed by Ernesto Bertarelli, ALINGHI made its debut as a sports team in 1994. In 2000, the team set a goal of winning the America’s Cup. It won the America’s Cup twice: in 2003 and 2007. ALINGHI the first European team to win the prestigious trophy and has achieved many other successes, including seven victories at the Bol d’Or, eight D35 Trophies, four Extreme Sailing Series championships, one GC32 racing tour championship (2019) and a GC32 world championship title (2019).
The Swiss watchmaker OMEGA is known across the world for its unrivalled sporting heritage. Most notably, the brand has been positioned as the Official Timekeeper of the Olympic Games on 28 occasions since 1932. In sailing, OMEGA is a major partner for numerous teams and competitions at all levels, including its enduring support of Emirates Team New Zealand since 1995.
In 2000 and 2003, the brand was the Official Timekeeper of the America’s Cup and. The brand’s expertise was also used as Official Timekeeper of the Volvo Ocean Race in 2017/2018. Today, many of the best sailors are closely linked to OMEGA and, throughout its history; the brand has produced many sailing watches, complete with functional ocean design and iconic style.
Model: Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph 44.25 MM Team Alinghi
Calibre: OMEGA 1865
Manual-winding chronograph movement. Laser-ablated and blackended with “honeycomb” and “carbon design” textures. A unique version of the 1861 calibre which equipped the famous and contemporary Speedmaster Moonwatch.
Power reserve: 48 hours
Black ceramic case
Diameter: 44.25 mm
Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with antireflective treatment on both sides
Transparent case back
Water resistance: 5 bar (50 metres / 167 feet)