The Patek Philippe Ladies Complicated Replica collection has become a rather hot subset of the popular Speedmaster timepiece family since it was originally introduced in 2013. Sporting Omega's modern in-house made caliber 9300 Co-Axial Chronograph movement in a 41.5mm wide case that is slightly smaller than the largest available Speedmaster at 44.25mm wide, the Omega Speedmaster'57 also uses more "historic" hands as compared to the more modern "needle-style" of most contemporary Omega Speedmaster watches.At Baselworld 2015, Omega introduced yet another version of the Speedmaster'57 with a very cool looking retro design. In addition to the "vintage" style dial with a matte black face and aged-style luminant, Omega decided to use a slightly different handset which is more indicative of the original Omega Speedmaster from 1957 with the so called "broad arrow hands."Original Omega Speedmaster watch from 1957In a sense, this Omega Speedmaster'57 for 2015 is an aesthetic emulation of the original 1957 Omega Speedmaster for today's Speedmaster fans. In that regard, it is unabashedly a "retro revival" watch, but it is done very well and offers a vintage look with a totally modern package.

So yes, it is a fashion watch, but a fashion Omega Co-Axial Chrono Replica watch of the highest regard.A few months ago, I was strolling on Sunset Boulevard here in Los Angeles and noticed an extremely tall and prominent billboard advertisement for Omega, which happened to feature this specific Omega Speedmaster'57 watch as well as George Clooney. On a classic motorcycle in the desert, Clooney is riding along wearing the Omega Speedmaster'57 and the phrase "George Clooney's Choice" is the selling point. For a mainstream audience, this message likely works well and the attractive design of the vintage looking dial on this particular version of the Omega Speedmaster'57 is most certainly a crowd pleaser.

Can you blame Omega for not going into additional detail about the Panerai Luminor Marina Replica watch and the history it leverages? I don't think so - what I find most interesting are the layers of appreciation possible with a watch like this that can be marketed in a range of ways. You can enjoy the Omega Speedmaster'57 as a watch nerd, or just as a guy looking for a nice looking luxury timepiece.In 2013, aBlogtoWatch reviewed the original Omega Speedmaster'57 Co-Axial Chronograph watch here. Offered in a range of styles, we gave the Omega Speedmaster'57 high marks for its mixture of sporty and dressy elements. Omega surely offers more than enough Speedmaster watch variety, and the challenge for consumers is trying to find the right Speedmaster for them. Seriously, we have more conversations helping people to choose "the right Speedmaster for them" than anything else.The Omega Speedmaster'57 has a lot of unique traits and, in fact, can exist nicely alongside other Speedmasters in your collection.

In fact, some people might like to have an original Rolex Pro-Hunter Edition Replica with the 1861 manually wound movement as well as the more unique looking Omega Speedmaster'57 with the in-house made movement. They are both Speedmasters but have enough distinct elements to both have a solid place in any watch collection.While I am not always a fan of watches which are blatantly new but trying to look old, I really like the particular combination of colors and style in these 2015 Omega Speedmaster'57 Co-Axial Chronograph 41.5mm reference 331.10.42.51.01.002 (on the steel bracelet) and 331.12.42.51.01.002 (on the leather strap) watches. The honey-brown Barenia leather strap on the latter is particularly nice. Speedmaster watches are not typically offered on a strap (well sometimes a strap is included along with a bracelet) but this is a really handsome model. I also find that the more historic combination of hands works really well, as this 2015 Omega Speedmaster'57 most directly hearkens to the original Omega Speedmaster watch from 1957 - what a damn fine classic that has turned out to be, right?