In cooperation with Omega’s product development team, Swatch group researchers have produced a spectacular ceramic diving bezel, which features numbers and scaling manufactured from Liquidmetal alloy. They create a silvery contrast against the black ceramic background. The color of the ceramic dial is in perfect harmony with that of the bezel.
The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal Limited Edition watch exposes a case, 42 mm in diameter, sculptured in stainless steel. The watch is secured to the wrist on a bracelet made of the same material. It is fitted with the Omega dual-pushbutton folding clasp provided with a concealed dive extension for wearing the timepiece atop a wetsuit.
The dial of the Omega watch boasts supreme legibility under reduced or no light conditions as it is completed with applied Superluminova hour indexes and hour hands with arrow tips. The dial is protected by a thick gently convex sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating on both sides.
Inside is the innovative Omega Co-Axial calibre 2500, offering 42 hours of power reserve. The movements of the kind, famous for their lengthy chronometric performance, acquire innovative and extremely attractive features due to the ceramic and Liquidmetal alloy elements.
The watch impresses by its 600-meter water-resistance.
As Watches.InfoNIAC.com found out, this one-of-a-kind innovative Omega watch is released in a limited series of 1948 pieces as a tribute to the year Omega issued its now-legendary Seamaster watch collection.
The Liquidmetal alloy represents a metallic material, featuring a disordered, non-crystalline atomic structure. Its fusion temperature is two times lower than that of the traditional titanium alloy. When this material is cooled, however, it becomes three times harder than stainless steel.
This material’s amorphous structure enables its seamless bonding with the ceramic bezel.
Liquidmetal, which is a bulk metallic glass alloy, includes five components: zirconium, titanium, copper, nickel and beryllium. Due to its low critical cooling rate, a bulk metallic glass can be turned into a structure, measuring a thickness of more than a tenth of a millimeter.
Zirconium is an important component of both the Liquidmetal alloy and the ceramic material, created from zirconium dioxide.
The hardness of these two elements ensures great scratch and corrosion resistance of the smooth bezel.
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