FINDING TIME IN IRELAND PT. I – WITH THE NEW OMEGA GLOBEMASTER
Where and when was the beginning of time? For thousands of years, devices have been used to measure and keep track of time. But the real origin of time can be found in the stars. I was on a trip to Ireland on the tracks of time from their own Dublin Mean Time to Greenwich Mean Time – all travelled alongside the so called “Astronomy trail”. With the new Omega Globemaster co-axial Master Chronometer I had a precise and elegant watch, which joined me and on which I could count on every second.
Before Ireland accepted the well known Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) or also called Universal Time (UT) they had their very own Dublin Mean Time (DMT), which was the local mean time at the Dunsink Observatory (which we also visited, more about this in Pt. II of my journey coming up soon).
Time keeping is based on the observations of astronomical phenomena and was measured already 2000 bc by the ancient Egypts. They used large obelisks to track the movement of the sun.
After landing in Dublin, I started the journey by heading up to Northern Ireland (which is part of Great Britain btw), because I wanted to visit the Northern coastlines with it’s magnificent views and dark night skies.
My first stop in the North was the Giant’s Causeway – a well known spot – especially for “Game of Thrones” lovers. The surreal landscape was formed by lava and is a really unique place covered in geometrically shaped rocks.
After a fabulous star-filled night in the North, I travelled back to Ireland’s west coast – the next stop was at the “Cliffs of Moher”, which are really impressive and unique too:
From there on I took the scenic “Slea Head Drive” to the very West of the Dingle Peninsula the next day. All in all there was a lot of driving involved, but that’s what a road trip is all about, right?
Since the journey was all about finding the roots of time and time was set because of astronomical happenings we also brought a telescope to watch the night sky. For this Ireland is really a perfect place, because it has less light pollution than most places in middle Europe. I carried the telescope everywhere and even got to witness a full moon rising in dark orange color. The weather was also in my favor, as the skies were clear most of the days. Which was also a lucky coincidence because i i choose a white suit by tiger of sweden to set a contrast to the epic landscape of Ireland’s coastlines.
My travel companion: The Omega Globemaster co-axial Master Chronometer
This watch contains the brand’s most advanced mechanical movement and features a design inspired by Omega’s early “Constellation” models. Each watch is certified through a series of independent tests – a revolutionary process that establishes a new quality standard in the watch industry. The standard makes this watch the world’s first “Master chronometer.
I love the simple and elegant design which reflects features of some of the most popular Constellation models of the past, including the little star on the dial. The medallion in the back is stamped with an image of an observatory surrounded by a polished sky marked with eight symbolic stars. Since the first Globemaster watches from Omega where already made in 1953 the new Globemaster got also her name because of a useful feature for travelers, it has an hour hand that can be set forwards or backwards in one-hour increments.
Omega created this new watch certification process together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). In addition to measuring the performance of the watch in daily wearing conditions, the process also ensures that the watch is water resistant and it’s movement function properly when exposed to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. Which means the watch is fully anti magnetic and this is something only Omega achieves at the moment.
Overview Globemaster Omega co-axial Master Chronometer:
Movement: Omega caliber 8900/01, self-winding with 60 hour power reserve, powering the timepiece is a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal, co-axial escapment, antimagnetic to 15,000 gauss; METAS and COSC certified chronometer; twin barrels with free-sprung balance and silicon balance spring.
Available in different Materials from Steel to Platin.
I choose the steel and leather version in a beautiful midnight blue color for 6300 euros.
Besides all the facts mentioned above this watch feels really good on your wrist – maybe it’s because you know you are wearing one of the most advanced watches on the market or just the fact that the new Omega Globemaster is a beautiful timeless masterpiece.
The crew in Vienna’s flagship store at the Graben is very obliging and will for sure show you the different ranges of the Omega Globemaster. I heard they also have the platin version in store now!
Why do i need an anti magnetic watch?
In our times magnetic fields are pretty much everywhere – every mobile phone, speakers, security scanners at airports, etc. emit magnetic fields. Former watches always needed to be calibrated regularly, because the magnetic fields distracted the inner mechanics and made them loose their precision – a fact that I didn’t know before.
What means Chronometer?
A Chronometer is a tested watch by Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC) which means it has a precise clockwork and you can trust you will be in time. The new Omega Globemaster is now above this standard with it’s “Master Chronometer” certificate!
More about the new Omega Globemaster:
Thanks to Tiger of Sweden for providing me with a perfectly fitted white suit.
My music for the Irish coastline:
Locations: Giant’s Causeway, Cliffs of Moher, Slea Head Drive, Ireland
Photographer: Lady Venom / Marion Vicenta Payr
In collaboration with Omega