As James Bond connoisseurs will know, since the release of Pierce Brosnan’s inaugural Bond adventure, GoldenEye – the 17th film in the James Bond series – Swiss watchmaker Omega have been outfitting the British spy with a series of select, high-end timepieces. Beginning with 2002’s Die Another Day, Omega have been releasing limited edition watches to the public to tie in with each film, with special features and insignias to symbolise their partnership with the franchise.
2015’s SPECTRE, the franchise’s 24th instalment, will once again feature Bond wearing an Omega timepiece, and although the exact model which will be seen on-screen hasn’t been revealed yet, the tie-in piece will be an Aqua Terra, outfitted with various features which may give us a small hint as to the film’s plot.
The Aqua Terra features the Bond family coat of arms on the dial, as well as on the tip of the second hand, which could hint heavily that the film will further explore Bond’s family history, an integral part of Skyfall, Daniel Craig’s last Bond outing, released in 2012. It’s already been confirmed that SPECTRE will feature Cristoph Waltz in the character of Franz Oberhauser, although many believe this to be a production secret, with Waltz actually playing the part of Bond’s arch-nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld, the head of the film’s titular organisation. Blofeld has previously appeared in seven Bond adventures, and one of his most famous appearances saw him portrayed by actor Telly Savalas in 1969’s On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, George Lazenby’s one and only outing as James Bond.
Interestingly, OHMSS was one of the first films in the Bond franchise to allude to the spy’s past, and it was revealed that the Bond family motto is ‘Orbis non sufficit’, which translates as ‘The World is Not Enough’ and is also the namesake of Brosnan’s penultimate Bond adventure. With Skyfall delving deep into Bond’s roots, it’s not unfeasible to suggest that this theme may continue in SPECTRE, which would tie in with the crest prominently featuring in the latest Omega timepiece.
Obviously, this is all complete speculation on our part, and we may be completely off the mark, but we’re big enough Bond (and watch!) fans to make the connection.
All will be revealed when SPECTRE hits UK cinemas on 23 October 2015, which once again stars Daniel Craig as James Bond, along with Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Andrew Scott and Dave Bautista. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Naomie Harris will all reprise their roles as M, Q, Tanner and Miss Moneypenny, respectively.