So, today it begins, the World Cup championship in Russia. A lot of watch manufacturers have presented special editions for this event (or interchangeable bracelets in team colours. We will introduce the Limited Edition by JS Watch Co. Reykjavik, the COLLECTION WOЯLD CUP MMXVIII. Because it’s awesome and dedicated to everyone’s favourite underdog from the last UEFA Euro Cup: Icelands men’s national football team.
With a population of around 330,000, Iceland is by far the smallest nation ever to qualify for the World Cup championship – and it’s the first time, the team managed to do so. If that’s not a reason to celebrate with a special edition, we don’t know what is.
In this edition, JS Watch Co. Reykjavik has incorporated the colours of the Icelandic flag to honor the team. You’ll also find a lot of small details in the watch which reflect the spirit that has built up around the National team.
In the dial design you will find small details like “Fyrir Ísland” (which translates into “For Iceland”). The numbers 1 – 11 are in silver for the players on the pitch, the number 12 is in red and represents the fans, who are called “Tólfan” (“The Twelve”); due to their undying support the fans are considered to be the twelfth player in the team. The minutes in blue from 0 to 45 representing the Game Time and the 45 to 60 minutes in red saying Half Time. This idea originally came from a game time clock that was located on the National stadium “Laugardalsvöllur”. Since for battle a weapon is needed, JS Watch Co. Reykjavik designed the blue seconds hand in the shape of a viking spear.
The COLLECTION WOЯLD CUP MMXVIII logo sports a reversed R as a special memorandum for Russia, the nation hosting this years FIFA World Cup – and also to honor its special alphabet.
The back of the watch is engraved with JS Watch Co. Reykjavik, COLLECTION WOЯLD CUP MMXVIII and VAR ÞAÐ EKKI – the celebration chant the team whispers in the locker room after victories. A small engraved soccer ball on the crown filled with ceramic blue colour completes the design.
The watch comes in a 43.3 mm steel case with a curved anti-reflective sapphire crystal and see-through sapphire crystal back. The case is water-resistant up to 5 atm. Inside works a Swiss made automatic movement which assures a 38-hour power reserve when fully wound.
The watches are completed by a leather strap – calf, ostrich or alligator.
JS Watch Co. Reykjavik has limited the COLLECTION WOЯLD CUP MMXVIII to 300 pieces and the first 30 numbers are reserved for the National team members.
Omega’s pioneering spirit has taken the manufacturer on adventures beyond the earth’s atmosphere and below the surface of the ocean. Now the manufacturer launched a natural extension of its legacy in space, the Speedmaster Skywalker X-33. Designed especially for space explorers, this watch is an innovative upgrade of the Speedmaster Professional X-33 released in 1998.
The new model is powered by an advanced quartz calibre and was developed to meet the needs of astronauts and others who can appreciate its impressive variety of functions. Moreover, the European Space Agency (ESA) has approved this watch for inclusion in all of its missions.
The ceramic bezel features a chromium nitride scale. There is luminescent white Super-LumiNova with green emission on the 60-minute indicator. The 45 mm brushed case is made of titanium and features an also brushed crown and pushers.
The black dial with its white indexes and hour markers, has a central opening that allows the wearer to read the displayed digital elements such as the time in up to three different time zones, three alarms, chronograph and countdown functions, and a perpetual calendar. In addition to its analogue and digital displays, it tracks mission elapsed time and phase elapsed time.
Skeletonised black and white hour and minute hands are coated with Super-LumiNova which emtits a green light. The bold red seconds hand is clearly visible and all hands can be disengaged to allow clear reading of the digital display. The liquid crystal display (LCD) with an electroluminescent backlight features grey segments on a black background.
This Speedmaster is powered, as we mentioned above, by a multi-functional quartz chronograph movement, the in-house calibre 5619. It includes a thermo-compensated integrated circuit. This new movement was developed under an ESA patent licence based on an invention by ESA astronaut Jean-François Clervoy.
The Speedmaster Skywalker X-33 comes on a titanium bracelet, featuring a fold-over clasp. And there’s also an interactive iPad App for this watch, which you can download from the Omega website.
Graham has introduced a new piece, a no-nonsense tourbillon with classic good looks. The Geo.Graham incorporates the visible tourbillon at 6 o’clock, complemented by a classically styled dial. There are Arabic numerals outside a railway chapter ring marking the seconds, and Roman numerals on the inside marking the hours. The blued houre and minute hands stand in contrast to the white dial. The pink-gold case is 40 mm in diameter.
Inside the Geo.Graham Tourbillon beats a Swiss-made movement, the caliber G1796. The movement features a micro-rotor for automatic winding and a double-bridge construction of the 60-second tourbillon. The whole movement is under 10 mm thin and can be seen through the sapphire crystal back.
Now we’re waiting for Baselworld in march 2015 for a longer, more detailed look and more information on that georgeous watch. It is limited to 100 units.