One of the top releases that I personally could not wait to go hands-on with at Baselworld 2015 was the Omega replica Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon watches UK. I am certainly not alone when I say I am a fan of the original 2013 Dark Side of the Moon, and the somewhat lighter, more contrasty Grey Side of the Moon made for a most welcome alternative. So when this, the White Side – or rather, the Bright Side, perhaps – happened, we wanted to see how it measured up against its more serious-looking elders.
While Swiss luxury watch holdings and brands appear to have been running at full steam to exploit virtually any new trend and market gap there is, we are still not exactly spoiled for choice when it comes white watches… So, is the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon enough to make a difference and show us that iconic designs can look good in eye-wateringly bright, snow white? Let’s see…
…But, before we do that, let me start straight away by pointing out what may have been the only really off-putting element of this 2015 release: its strap. This white alligator leather strap with white stitching is nicely made and amply padded but, most importantly, it also sports a glossy, shiny finish that is very, very feminine-looking indeed. Don’t get me wrong, that is not necessarily a bad thing, as I am sure that this all-white piece with this shiny strap would look amazing on the wrist of a discerning fashionista lady… However, this choice of leather further highlighted one of the two sides of the “WSotM,” which also happens to be the side that makes many prematurely title it as a women’s watch. The reality could not be further from the truth, though, as beyond this imminently feminine look lies the other side of this white watch: a sporty, casual, and yet refined-looking timepiece that can, and in fact does, look great in more informal settings. So let us gloss over the strap choice this one time.
If you are not a fan of (or even outright dislike) white watches, what’s about to come probably won’t suffice to change your mind, but it is certainly worth discussing nevertheless. What helped explain to me how this “snow-white” version makes the Speedmaster look so remarkably different was a chat I had with some designer friends of mine about the issue of choosing the right color for a product. I learned that white is one of, if not the best color to paint a product if you wish to let its shape speak for itself. I would suggest looking at cars that you see around you (preferably in real life, not images): the ones in white display most of the curves, bulges, and indentations, also known as “negative spaces” that have been thoughtfully added to the chassis of the car, making it easier to appreciate the finer details of the design.
The reason for this is that when items are painted white, your eyes can more easily identify minor variations in their three-dimensional shape, as one sees the transitions between brighter and darker, highlighted and shadowed areas. It sounds blatantly obvious, but it is true that you can easily see shadows on a light-colored surface but certainly not as much on darker ones – and without shadows, it’s much more difficult for the eye to see the surface’s finer three-dimensional differences. This explains why those trademark curves on the sides of the Speedmaster – which Omega limited edition copy watches have managed to execute remarkably beautifully in ceramic – and all other design traits of this iconic watch are so easy to appreciate now with the Omega Speedmaster White Side Of The Moon.