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A watch a week: The Speedmaster Moonwatch “White Side of the Moon”

Seven days with the (almost) all-white Speedmaster
by Chelsey Chen on August 9, 2017

Many might shun at the mere mention of an all-white-watch; “too feminine”, they say, suggesting that the white case, dial and strap will only work for the ladies. “Too huge”, they say, as the White Side of the Moon (“WSOTM”) comes in a hefty case size of 44mm which doesn’t really help in its proposition at all.

“Did the designers even think this one through?”, they say, comparing it’s aesthetics at first glance to a premium Casio Baby-G or a Swatch fashion watch.

“Lucky me”, I thought, as I had the opportunity to test the watch on the wrist for a week, and I am pleased to report that those initial “they say” thoughts should definitely be dispelled. And I hope that the photos below will tell you how much I thoroughly enjoyed it, incorporating the WSOTM into my daily life from weekdays to the weekend. (Warning: Picture heavy post ahead!)

 

 

The very first reaction I had to the watch was how lightweight it was (we later weighed it to find out it was less than 100 grams!).

It was difficult to stop taking wrist shots; photographing the watch was not a chore at all, thanks to the anti-reflective treatment of both sides of the sapphire glass and its diamond-polished, 18K white gold hands.

Enjoying my weekend with the ensemble of a casual shirt, dark pair of jeans and a conspicuous pair of canvas shoes. The WSOTM worked perfectly well with all of the elements in this outfit.

 

The WSOTM comes naturally as the next series after the success of the dark side and the grey side. This series of two watches, (the other with a MOP dial and diamond-bezel) is inspired by the radiance of the moon as seen from Earth.

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Here’s another weekend outfit, and as you can see I was going for the laid-back look, clashing stripes and polka-dots and the WSOTM is definitely a piece that doesn’t add further chaos to the visual dichotomy!

 

“Flowers are a proud assertion
that a ray of beauty outvalues
all the utilities of the world.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

In the case of the WSOTM, its beauty is more than skin deep. The watch is powered by the Co-Axial Calibre 9300, an officially certified chronometer with the column wheel chronograph mechanism.

The WSOTM reveals its sporty side with a visit to the National Stadium. It may not be a soccer timer, but it sure timed that exhilarating 45 minutes pretty well!

 

Our urban landscape doesn’t allow for us to moon-gaze, so I could only admire the WSOTM under city lights. This night shot showcases its white Super-LumiNova on indexes and the 2 dots at the 12 o’clock position.

 

Needless to say, the WSOTM looks just as lovely (and of course, feminine) with heels and floral coordinates.

“And if you are to love,
love as the moon loves.
It does not steal the night —
It only unveils the beauty of the dark.”
Isra Al-Thibeh

 

If you are intrigued to find out more, you will be glad to know that we will share more about the WSOTM in a proper review next week. Link here!

 

Photography by Peter Chong and iPhone photography by Chelsey Chen. Art Direction by Chelsey Chen. Model: Chelsey Chen. Watches from Omega Singapore. Location: Zhong Shan Park, Sun Yet Sun Museum, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore National Stadium.

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  • Stef
    August 19, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    No amount of moongazing, or floral daydreaming can disguise the fact that it still does in fact, look just like a large Casio Baby – G for a Japanese schoolgirl. And rather unfortunate that Omega have used ceramic only to create something that looks too much like plastic. Love the idea of a white watch but something more elegant please for this price.The Grey one is much better by far!
    Nice photographs though.

  • Patch
    August 11, 2017 at 2:29 am

    Was this review written for Grazia? Such a fluff piece, who cares what outfits you paired it with. Give me a proper review of the watch beyond saying it times 45 minutes without issue.

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