By Kien Lee
Omega has in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA), released the new Speedmaster X-33 Marstimer, an extraordinary chronograph sized at 45 mm, cased in grade 2 titanium, that can track time across two planets.
Aptly named the Marstimer, the watch offers a range of valuable tools for those working in the field of space research. Functions developed under an ESA patented license, include an MTC function to track Mars’ sol date and time at the prime meridian 0 particularly unique an offering as a day on Mars is 39 minutes longer than on Earth. It also provides for an innovative solar compass, to find true north on planet Earth and Mars.
Additional features include applications available on the traditional Speedmaster Skywalker X33, such as MET (Mission Elapsed Time), PET (Phase Elapsed Time), alarms and perpetual calendar.
A classic black dial provides a contrasting backdrop for the multiple analogue and digital readings, made even clearer by Earth and Mars symbols to distinguish which particular functions are in use. Circling the dial is an oxalic anodized aluminium bezel ring in red hematite colour, reminiscent of Mars’ distinctive dust. The seconds hand has a black to red hematite gradient, a nod to a design code that points to OMEGA’s status as a professional instrument.
Providing power is OMEGA’s 5622 Calibre. A thermo-compensated, quartz movement, which handles all functions with speed and efficiency. On the caseback, embossed with OMEGA’s famous Speedmaster wording and Seahorse logo, are the words ESA TESTED AND QUALIFIED - testifying to the legitimacy of the partnership - and integrity of the timepiece.