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HORAGE OMNIUM GEN 2 GORGE BLUE WATCH REVIEW

Exhibiting clean styling and paired back casual elegance the Omnium Gen 2 Gorge Blue by independent watch company Horage is a beautifully crafted timepiece which boasts the uniqueness of a faceted sapphire crystal and a visually pleasing dial arrangement. A piece which enjoys the exclusivity of a 25 piece release, the model which is powered by the exceptional Horage in-house K1 calibre, is a superb demonstration of the horological acumen of this exciting independent watchmaking company and is the perfect evolution to their highly desirable portfolio.


Manufactured in 904L stainless steel the case has an effortlessly cool aesthetic, thanks to its simple profile which is nuanced with subtle details evocative of Bauhaus architecture. Comprising of a rounded form with a tapering bezel, the Omnium Gen 2 Gorge Blue features straightened lugs which square off abruptly, creating an unexpected yet satisfying angular characteristic. Sized at 40mm and with a case height of 10.6mm, it has been finished with a combination of brushed and polished techniques.


Innovative in its execution, the sapphire crystal has been faceted, and applied with five anti-reflective coatings so that it creates an astounding dégradé effect of varying tones which interplay with the light. Endlessly eye pleasing, it creates the illusion of a multi-toned dial, when in fact the surface below has been rendered in a splendid Gorge blue shade of remarkable depth and beauty.


The time is displayed via broad diamond-cut hour and minutes hands, complemented by a slender and elongated seconds hand with a distinctive diamond shaped insert, and with applied arabic numerals. At the six o’clock location, the power reserve indication has been reduced to its essentia so that it conforms to the overall minimalist styling of the façade, while on the upper dial, a Horage branding motif balances and finishes off this highly refined dial layout.


An engraved caseback encircles the rear sapphire crystal though which the K1 self winding movement is showcased.  Entirely designed, developed and produced in-house, the calibre boasts a silicon escapement and an impressive 65 hours of power reserve with a signature frequency of 3.5 hz (25’200 vib/h). Block pattern etching on the bridges and a tungsten rotor featuring the Horage logo conform to the overall modern appearance of the calibre and underline the minimalist design demonstrated on every nuance of this exceptional timepiece.


A superb example of modern independent watchmaking finesse, the Horage Omnium Gen 2 Gorge Blue watch comes presented on a brown calf skin leather strap secured with a pin buckle and with the option of a stainless steel bracelet. Strictly limited in number, this edition will be a 25 piece release.


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