In 2015, Omega launched the Globemaster, a three-handed watch whose vintage-look design took historical cues from the Constellation models of the 1950s and ’60s, and which was notable as the first Omega to be equipped with the groundbreaking Master Chronometer Caliber 8900. The following year Omega introduced the Globemaster Annual Calendar, the range’s first complication, in a steel case, and this year it adds three new versions of that timepiece in a variety of materials and colorways.
Like their predecessor, all three new Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendar models feature notable aesthetic features drawn from past Constellation watches, including the “pie pan” dial introduced in 1952 and the fluted bezel that adorned a now-collectible model from 1968. The cases measure 41 mm in diameter and each of the dials’ 12 prominent facets host elegant cursive text indications for each month. A center-mounted hand points to the correct month on the scale while the hour and minute hands display the time on applied indices, and the date appears in a window at 6 o’clock.
The first model is in stainless steel, with a sun-brushed green dial that uses 18K white gold used for the faceted hands, Omega logo, hour indices, and Constellation star. The watch has an extra-resilient tungsten carbide bezel and is mounted on a green leather strap. Another model offers a bi-material construction, with a stainless steel case and a polished bezel in Omega’s proprietary Sedna Gold. This exclusive rose-gold alloy is also used for the crown and other details on the sun-brushed burgundy dial, including the hands and various appliqués. A burgundy leather strap matches the dial’s tone. Finally, the third and most precious model uses Sedna Gold for its case, bezel, and even the dial and several of its elements, including indexes and applied logos and emblems. For the first time on an Omega watch, the hands and index setting are both made from black onyx, and this black contrast color is echoed on the leather strap upon which the model is mounted.
Beating inside all of these cases is Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8922, an evolution of the base Caliber 8900. Like all of Master Chronometer movements, it meets both the official chronometer standards of the Swiss testing agency COSC as well as the criteria set forth by Omega’s own METAS certification, which include, among other standards, a high level of accuracy after exposure to magnetic fields 15,000 gauss. The self-winding movement is visible behind a scratch-resistant sapphire caseback window, which also features a medallion in its center with an engraving of an observatory’s cupola, a reference to Omega’s historical record of chronometer precision awards in the early 20th century.
Prices for the latest Omega Constellation Globemaster Annual Calendars are $8,400 for the steel-cased, green-dialed model; $11,200 for the bi-material burgundy-dial piece; and $31,000 for the version in all 18k Sedna Gold.
|Manufacturer:||Omega S.A., Stämpflistrasse 96, 2504 Bienne, Switzerland|
|Reference number:||126.96.36.199.10.001 (steel case/green dial); 188.8.131.52.11.001 (bi-material case/burgundy dial); 184.108.40.206.99.002 (Sedna Gold)|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, seconds, annual calendar|
|Movement:||Caliber Omega 8922, self-winding with co-axial escapement, 15,000 gauss, 55-hours power reserve, chronometer certification process approved by METAS, free-sprung balance with silicon balance spring, two barrels mounted in series, special luxury finish with rhodium plated rotor and bridges with Geneva waves in arabesque|
|Case:||Stainless steel; stainless steel and Sedna gold; Sedna gold; all water resistant to 330 feet, domed scratch‑resistant sapphire crystal with anti‑reflective treatment on both sides, transparent case back|
|Bracelet and clasp:||Leather strap|
|Dimensions:||Diameter = 41 mm|
|Price:||Steel-cased, green dial ($8,400); bi-material /burgundy dial (11,200); 18k Sedna Gold ($31,000)|
“For the first time on an Omega watch, the hands and index setting are both made from black onyx” – clearly you do not know about the gold Speedmaster BA.145.022-59 gifted to astronauts, NASA officials and President Nixon and Vice President Agnew, or the Platinum Speedmaster Cal.321 recently released with an onyx dial or the Speedmaster Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Limited Edition Ref.310.60.42.50.99.001 from 2019. This Globemaster is by no means the first watch from Omega with onyx indexes and inlays or even the first to combine onyx fittings with a gold dial. WatchTime really ought to do a bit of research from time to time.
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