Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘Ultra Light’: Malaysia Price And Review

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Meet the real watch for real athletes by Omega.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 'Ultra Light'

Over the last decade or so, Omega has emerged as one of the trailblazers in combining technical brilliance in horology with state-of-the-art composite materials. Among other achievements, it has pioneered new 18K gold alloys and ceramic technologies, as well as introduced the very futuristic-sounding Liquidmetal to fine watchmaking. Obvious aesthetic appeal aside, the ability to boost robustness and performance in the toughest conditions is an absolute must.

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This year, the R&D department at Omega continues its proud tradition of embracing material innovations by co-opting Gamma Titanium for the Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘Ultra Light’. The titanium-aluminium alloy is harder and lighter than conventional titanium and, therefore, favoured by the aeronautical industry for its very resistant properties.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘Ultra Light’

Omega’s new sports timepiece was first spotted on brand ambassador Rory McIlroy’s wrist during the European Masters in August—which is no surprise since the former world number one and four-time major champion is credited with giving valuable pointers to the product development team on what any athlete needs in a watch—not just one looking to sink eagles, bogeys and birdies.

Two wants were at the top of McIlroy’s wish list: less weight and more comfort during competition; hence, Gamma Titanium proved to be the perfect choice for not only the 41mm ‘Ultra Light’ case, but also its caseback and crown, which is, in itself, telescopic—another Omega first. Basically, when it’s game time, you push the crown in, so it sits flush against the case and doesn’t get in the way of your wrist movements.

Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra ‘Ultra Light’

To shave off even more grams, Omega reduced the amount of titanium used to create the sandblasted, striped dial reminiscent of the classic Aqua Terra design. When paired with its ‘in-play’ fabric strap (above), the ‘Ultra Light’ weighs a mere 55g.

The timepiece’s matte finish isn’t just for good looks either. It serves a functional purpose of preventing sun glare, making a quick time check easy, aided by the highly legible blackened hands and indexes. Of course, the fact it acts as a fetching canvas for strategically placed splashes of colour—a choice of red, green or blue, depending on the model—certainly doesn’t hurt.

Calibre 8928

Omega being Omega wasn’t content to just stop there. The ‘Ultra Light’ is driven by the watchmaker’s first-ever titanium movement. All the bridges and the main plate are in ceramised titanium, which means there's less friction between the components. It also gives the movement its handsome dark grey hue. The Calibre 8928 Titanium is a manual-winding system with the now-iconic Co-Axial escapement. It boasts all the attributes of a METAS-certified Master Chronometer, including magnetic field resistance to 15,000 gauss. Fully wound, the Calibre 8928 holds a power reserve of 72 hours, or three days.

Case

41mm Gamma Titanium

Dial

Sandblasted grey Grade 5 titanium, decorated with horizontal stripes

Movement

Manual-winding Calibre 8928 Titanium

Strap

Rubber or 'in-play' fabric

Functions

Hours, minutes, seconds

Power Reserve

72 hours

Price

RM193,500
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Leong Wong

Editor, CROWN Malaysia

A familiar face in Malaysia's horological publishing scene, Leong has been involved in lifestyle journalism since the mid-1990s. Besides watches, he takes a keen interest in cars and men's fashion.



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