Omega ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Collection
There are few watches that have left such an indelible impression in the minds of watch aficionados as the Omega Speedmaster ‘Dark Side of the Moon.’ Debuted way back in 2013 at the Baselworld trade show, this infinitely cool timepiece was heralded as an instant classic, with its all-black ceramic case, dial, pushers and crown – not to mention the rather bold and evocative name it received, doubling as a reference to one of the most popular Pink Floyd albums, as well as the unseen half of our local mottled luminary.
More recently this model was re-released with four new colourways chosen as slight alterations of the deep black original. Each of the four reinvented models is pictured below, starting with the Sedna Black (far right), the Vintage Black (middle right), the Pitch Black (middle left) and, finally, the Black Black (far left). All four of these designs include the Omega Co-Axial 9300 calibre with 44.25mm wide and 16.14mm thick black ceramic cases, as well as a sleek, brushed ceramic caseback ring. At the same time each of these models is individually unique.
Take the Black Black, for example, with its black ceramic dial matted with laser technology, blackened indices and glowing Super-LumiNova indexes, including two dots pinned onto 12. Many watch collectors claim that this is the finest all-black luxury model still available today – a watch so nice they named it twice. It now exists in a rarefied selection of all-black watches sometime criticised for their inferior legibility and the idea that they elevate fashion over functionality.
The Sedna Black is also distinctly different from its counterparts, featuring 18ct Sedna Gold components and subtle touches of red colour. The bezel too is framed by a ring of brushed 18ct Sedna Gold. It also features a matt ceramic ring inlay, chromium nitride tachymeter scale, hands and indexes, all touched with Sedna Gold.
The Vintage Black watch was designed to bridge the gap between the original ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ and the Sedna Black. This model removed the original’s faintly coloured indices and silver tachymeter scale, opting to instead use Super-LumiNova on the tachymeter scale, as well as the indexes and hands. Ultimately this design constituted a balancing act between two different aesthetics, omitting the silver minute tracks and red touches on the original, in favour of understated orange accents framed by the black dial.
Finally Omega released the Pitch Black model and adhered to their existing two-tone colour scheme. In this case they added a lighter touch to the deep black ceramic, using the luminous green of the SuperLumiNova displayed on the tachymeter, hands and indices.
Every one of these four models was displayed at the Baselworld event in 2015. The individual subtleties that distinguish them range from added touches of colour to different bezel materials. What remains the same with each of these Omegas, however, is their aesthetic charm and technological quality – a quiet testimony to the Space Age that inspired their design.
Find out more about the Omega ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ Collection here.