Omega announced their new “Art Collection” watches in October 1986 with the first models officially released in 1987. The project was managed by Ernest Thomke the first CEO of the SME (Société de Microélectronique et d’Horlogerie), later re-named the Swatch Group, of which Omega was a part. Prior to this, in 1980, Thomke had been CEO of ETA and had led the project to develop the Swatch watch. The watch cases for Omega’s “Art Collection” were designed by Hans Zaugg using a new scratch-resistant ceramic alloy. Gerhard Saner, head of Saner Metallisation AG, Studen, designed the artists’ medallion for the case backs. Omega commissioned a variety of artists to produce designs for the medallions, these included: Kenneth Nolan, Valerio Adami, Max Bill, Richard Paul Lohse, Paul Talman, Camille Graeser, Fritz Glarner, Al Held, Arnaldo Pomodoro and Emilio Tadini.
A mid-sized model, the monochromatic colouring of the upper case dramatically contrasts with the colourful art medallion to the back and the watch is fitted with an original special edition Omega strap with blackened metal pin buckle. The date can be manually adjusted, when required, by pulling the crown out to its first setting and then rolling it towards the user.
[M] Omega cal. ETA quartz movement
[D] black, white baton hands, white aperture for date
[C] black ceramic alloy upper body, steel case back with central medallion designed and signed Max Bill
[B] black leather Omega strap with plain blackened buckle
[S] case, dial and movement signed Omega, artist’s panel signed Max Bill
32mm diameter excluding crown
5.5mm depth to centre of crystal
15mm lug gauge/strap width
One Year guarantee – fitted with a new battery
Black Bough box & Black Bough certificate