Made as a special edition for the 35th America’s Cup and Emirates Team New Zealand, the Omega X-33 Regatta is an evolved variant of Omega’s mold-breaking Speedmaster X-33. They say that specialization is for insects, and if true, the X-33 Regatta is nothing short of a Praying Mantis; highly specialized and comparatively alien – especially among the hallowed ranks of the Moonwatch.

While I’m nothing if not a fan of an outlier, the current X-33 is best understood with something of a brief history. The original Speedmaster Professional X-33 was launched in March of 1998 to a packed house at Johnson Space Center in Houston, and the event even included the first public live TV transmission from Mir space station. While the X-33 was undoubtedly a wild design, we can see the foundation of its functionality in the Omega Seamaster Multifunction from the mid-80s.