As the bells tolled during the recent New Years celebration, a watch with a loud tick came to mind, which we hadn't reviewed yet. The timepieces in question were the “Speedmaster Chrono Chime” and “Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime” that came equipped with Omega's most complicated caliber yet.In order to accomplish this engineering feat Omega partnered up with their sister company Blancpain. The brand new 1932 movement that they developed took 6 years in the making. Unlike traditional minute repeaters that chime the current hours and minutes, this model can chime the elapsed times recorded by the chronograph. It comes equipped with double hammers, fitted with an insert of hardened steel that gets hit by pitch-perfect 18K Sedna gold gongs.Both models come in a 45 mm case made of Sedna™ gold with an overall polished finish, but these cases vary substantially in design. The “Chronometer Chronograph” features a bezel with a black insert tachymeter scale and two pushers that cross from 2 o’clock to the 8 o’clock position. While the “Chrono Chime” hasn’t included a tachymeter scale and its pushers cross over from 5 o’clock to the 11 o’clock position. This difference majorly impacts the looks between the two and Omega has embraced that to make them really stand apart from each other, despite both containing the same new caliber movement.On the flipside both have a sapphire exhibition caseback that allows a view into the inner workings of the mechanical movement. This movement has essentially expanded the capabilities of Omega’s renowned Co-Axial escapement, developed by watchmaker Georges Daniels. It was crafted to beat at 5, so it could display 1/10th of a second, just like the pocket chronographs used at the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games.The chime pusher at 5 o’clock sports is embossed with a musical note, while the split-seconds pusher has a red ring that matches the split-seconds hand. Water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (100 feet).Dial wise these watches barely have anything in common. The “Omega Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime” has a “grande feu” enamel dial with black Arabic numerals, followed by a sterling silver inner bezel with a hand-made guilloché finish. This model was designed to resemble a pocket watch from the 1930’s. It includes two sub-dials decorated with an “acoustic waves” motif that appropriately fits in with its complications: a small seconds at 6 o’clock and a 15-minute recorder at 12 o’clock.The 18k Sedna gold central hour/minute hands are in blued PVD, just as the sub-dial hands, while the chrono hand adds a touch of red to the overall color scheme.While the “Omega Chrono Chime Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph” exhibits time on a blue aventurine “grand feu” enamel dial with gold applied indices and a minute track ring in gold circling the flange.The golden sub-dials on this model (just like the pushers) appear with the same “acoustic waves” motif in a distinct layout: 15-minute recorder at 3 o’clock and a small seconds at 9 o’clock. The 18k Sedna gold central hour/minute hands appear in gold, although the sub-dial hands are in blue, and the chrono hand adds a touch of red to the overall color scheme. The hands of this model have also been fitted with a luminescent filling for an enhanced legibility. The “Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph” and “Omega Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime” (References below) are powered by the new in-house hand-wound mechanical movement, caliber 1932 with 45 jewels and 36,000 vph.This is considered the most complicated caliber produced by Omega because it combines a split-seconds chronograph, a high-frequency regulator, and a repeater function that can chime elapsed times record by the chronograph, instead of the current hours and minutes. Power reserve can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound.Both models come in a special walnut presentation box, but the “Omega Olympic 1932 Chrono Chime” version includes an additional leather strap and two leather cords, which allow it to be worn as a pocket watch or stopwatch.While mounted to the “Omega Speedmaster Co-Axial Master Chronometer Chronograph” is an integrated Sedna gold bracelet, secured by a deployment buckle. This version comes with a resonance plate in its special walnut presentation box. For more up to date information visit the official Omega website here.
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