Omega has a long association with the Olympics, pioneering the introduction of photo-electric cells (first seen at the 1948 London Games), and automatic touch-pads for swimming events (first seen at the 1968 Olympics). Omega will be Official Timekeeper at the Sochi 2014 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, and to commemorate the event, Omega has presented a special edition of a classic watch.
The Omega Sochi Petrograd was originally made almost a century ago, in 1915, for Czar Nicholas, who commissioned it as a gift to the Mayor of Petrograd (later Leningrad and St. Petersburg). This limited edition is beautifully stylish, an Art Deco masterpiece with a tonneau case in polished 18-carat yellow gold and a distinctive burgundy leather strap. The tonneau case design provides a stylish method of attaching the strap to the case, with a hinge directly on the flat top and bottom edges, instead of the customary lugs.
The silver-white dial incorporates the colours of the Russian flag, red, white and blue, with a red 24-hour scale, black Arabic numerals, and blued steel hands. There is a subdial for seconds at 6 o’clock. The caseback is engraved with the logo of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games and the number of the watch: only 100 will be made.
The case houses the Calibre 2202 automatic movement, with a co-axial escapement. The watch has a water-resistance rated at 30 metres, and a 48-hour power reserve.