Omega has created a limited edition modern day chronograph using movements from 1913 that have been stored for over a century in the company’s vault.
The watches were unveiled at a special Museum Night event in Switzerland earlier this month.
Each of the prized calibres has been delicately refurbished by experts at Omega’s Atelier Tourbillon and given a new lease of life for use inside these new Limited Edition models.
Raynald Aeschlimann, president and CEO of Omega, said: “In all my years at this company, I’ve never seen a project quite like this one. The movements are 105 years old, but now their story is set to continue. The skill involved in the refurbishment and craftsmanship is remarkable and we’re very proud to now share the results.”
In 1913, Omega became one of the world’s earliest producers of wrist-chronographs and the acclaimed 18’’’ CHRO calibre was integral to that achievement.
For this project, the Omega museum played a significant role in supplying the 18 original 18”’ CHRO calibres, which were retrieved from heritage timepieces within their vaults.
For the outside design of the 47.5 mm timepieces, Omega has followed the look of the wrist-chronograph from 1913, with classic details such as the riveted leather strap and the white enamel dial with blued ‘empire’ hands and hollow Arabic numerals.
Modern materials have also been included, such as 18ct white gold for the case, and 18ct Sedna gold for the crown and pusher.
The classic design also features a hatched case back, which can be flipped open to reveal the refurbished movement positioned behind sapphire-crystal.