Monday, March 16, 2015

Two of My Favorite Things, in One

A brief item in the most recent edition of the Gonfanon, the quarterly newsletter of the Royal Heraldry Society of Canada, alerted me to this bit of the watchmaker's art which includes elements of two of my favorite things: heraldry, and "Bond.  James Bond."

Omega has been the official watch of James Bond since the Daniel Craig Casino Royale, and as part of the newest James Bond movie, Spectre, which is currently filming, they have come out with a new watch, a limited edition (15,007 watches) version of their Seamaster Aqua Terra 150M model inspired by the Bond family coat of arms.

As you can see, it has the Bond coat of arms on the yellow sweep second hand.  A little less obvious is the interlocked pattern of the Bond arms on the face of the dial.  Look closely; you'll see them.

The use of these arms go back to Ian Fleming's book, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, as shown here on the cover for the first edition.

Though in the book, our erstwhile hero seemed less than impressed with both a possible connection to Sir Thomas Bond, Baronet, of Peckham, Surrey, or the arms themselves:

"The coat of arms, for instance. Surely that must concern you, be at least of profound interest to your family, to your own children? Yes, here we are. `Argent on a chevron sable three bezants.' ... A bezant is a golden ball, as I am sure you know. Three balls. ... And this charming motto of the line, `The World is not Enough.' You do not wish to have the right to it?" "It is an excellent motto which I shall certainly adopt," said Bond curtly.

The arms were reproduced in the movie of the same name.

More information about this limited edition watch, which I am told will sell for about $6,000 (which puts it more than a little out of my league!), can be found, among other websites, on the blogs A Blog to Watch ( and Fratello Watches (

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