Omega is often the target of (mostly) good natured jabs from the watch enthusiast community for their tendency to reintroduce the Speedmaster in limited edition guises that may stretch the definition of the word “limited” in the first place. But you can’t blame them: the Moonwatch is one of only a small handful of truly iconic watches that transcend the hobby – it would be kind of weird if they didn’t try to capitalize on the Speedmaster’s reputation. The goal, after all, is to sell watches, and Omega has sold a lot of Speedmasters over the decades in various configurations and sizes, with a whole array of movements and conceits.
Recently we learned of a new Speedmaster – not a limited edition, but a model in regular production – that is simultaneously perhaps one of the strangest Speedys to be released, while also feeling right at home within the smaller Speedmaster collection that it finds itself in. The new “Alinghi” is part of the Dark Side of the Moon sub-collection of Speedmasters, which consists mostly of ultra modern takes on the classic moonwatch in high tech ceramic cases. Alinghi, for those that don’t follow the somewhat niche sport of competitive yachting, is a sailing team based in Switzerland that competes in races all over the world, including the America’s Cup, which they won (to the surprise of many observers) in 2003.