When referencing Omega and its collections, the quick and simple answers will be “Speedmaster” and “Seamaster”. Positively, those two lines of watches are the absolute generally iconic in the whole business. In any case, Omega has (considerably) more to offer, including a marginally ignored yet rich collection named “Constellation”. Brought into the world during the 1950s , it would become the exploratory collection for the brand, with interesting plans and a constant spotlight on accuracy. Presently settled with its exemplary hooks and coordinated wristband configuration, it was no time like the present for Omega to infuse a touch of advancement into this collection … Because incorporated arm bands, formed cases and lively looks are hot these days (to say the least!).
The Omega Constellation, a Complex collection
While the Speedmaster is a collection that can be effectively perceived, and the Seamaster is viewed as the conclusive Omega jump watch, the historical backdrop of the Constellation by Omega is somewhat more complex, if not divided. Its introduction to the world returns even before the name was embraced by Omega, when the brand delivered its previously restricted release watch to commend its 100th commemoration in 1948, a chronometer-guaranteed wristwatch with a programmed development. Given its prosperity, the brand chose to make a full collection dependent on this unmatched combination of accuracy and practicality.
In 1952, Omega disclosed the arrangement delivered Constellation, a group of watches initially bound for men, fitted with type 354. Two striking highlights separated the principal individuals from the Constellation family: a star and the name of the watch over the 6 o’clock marker and a fixed caseback with an emblem including the Observatory of Geneva delegated by a constellation of eight stars. The main models were fitted with types 351, 352, and 354 with guard rotors and supplanted four years after the fact by types 500, 501, 505 and accordingly, in 1966 with type 561 for the date model, and ultimately type 564. Be that as it may, this early Constellation collection consistently gave incredible consideration to chronometry, just as being Omega’s concept of luxury.
By the last part of the 1960s, when configuration changed radically in watchmaking, Omega utilized its Constellation collection to present striking, arm band like watches. The initially coordinated wristband/case made its introduction in 1969. While the current plan of the Constellation hadn’t appeared right now, this was the initial step into sports extravagance for the brand. Underneath, an Omega Constellation BA 368.0847, as the ideal illustration of this progress into coordinated arm bands and molded cases (even before AP did as such with the RO), promoted as the “first watches on the planet to be furnished with wristbands genuinely incorporated with the case… a framework concocted in 1964 by Pierre Moinat“.
During the 1970s, quartz developments showed up in this collection – which, as it were, bodes well, as quartz was not just seen as the eventual fate of watchmaking in those days yet additionally as the best arrangement as far as accuracy. The genuine defining moment throughout the entire existence of the Constellation, and the progression that clarifies the current plan, happened in 1982, with the Constellation Manhattan family. Still controlled by quartz developments (the primary models were outfitted with super meager type 1422 grew together with ETA), the unmistakable element of this collection was the four screwed ‘Griffes’ or hooks stretching out from the case over the dial. Situated at 3 and 9 o’clock, the exceptionally cleaned hooks would become the trademark highlight of the Manhattan. Esthetically capturing, the paws additionally played out a commonsense capacity holding the sapphire gem and gasket solidly against the case to guarantee water-resistance.
Designed via Carol Didisheim and protected in 1985, the Manhattan included a barrel-formed case and was offered to the two people in gold and steel and combinations of the two metals. The adjusted case top was scalloped at the two finishes and, as Omega Constellation master and blogger Desmond Guilfoyle brings up in his article, there was not “one sharp line on the whole case and wristband – even the case back edges are adjusted off“. By 1995, the plan developed once more, as the Roman numerals on the dial moved to the bezel.
In 1984 a programmed form of the Manhattan was presented close by the standard offering of quartz. The Caliber 1111 was a confirmed chronometer development dependent on the acclaimed ETA workhorse 2892-2. In 2003, the Constellation Double Eagle – dispatched at the Omega European Masters Golf Tournament – was updated with Omega’s first Co-Axial type 2500.
A significant advance into the Constellation’s history happened in 2015, with the presentation of both Omega’s Master Chronometer affirmation and the new Globemaster watch, which honored the early “Pie-Pan” watches. In any case, the first 1980s plan wasn’t failed to remember and, taking into account the current accomplishment of watches with coordinated wristbands, Omega has chosen to refresh its men’s Constellation Manhattan with new models for 2020.
So, we have another Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 39mm. Let’s promptly arrive at the point: it is a soft change, not a shiny new plan. Omega has chosen to do an unobtrusive facelift rather than totally reshaping its coordinated watch. One of the fundamental reasons is that, despite the fact that the Constellation Manhattan isn’t valued by European and US markets, it is an immense achievement in Asia. Omega didn’t need to change the formula to an extreme. Is this a purpose behind Western lovers not to consider this watch? Unquestionably not, particularly since the new models have strong contentions to compete in the market.
Even however the watch looks recognizable, not one component of the new 2020 Omega Constellation 39mm resembles its 38mm, non-Master-Chronometer archetype. Case, wristband, dial, hands and development, everything has been unpretentiously redesigned.
First of all, the watch has acquired 1mm in distance across, to give it somewhat more presence on the wrist and to be in accordance with the current interest for marginally bigger watches. Not much however, as the watch stays compact on the wrist, on account of its barrel-molded case and its incorporated arm band. We haven’t estimated the thickness yet expect around 12mm. The case, while remaining consistent with the first plan which plays on concave and convex lines, has been totally facelifted and now offers better completes and more subtlety.
First, the bezel is somewhat more slender and the Roman numerals, actually engraved on its fringe, are more modest than previously. Second, the paws, a mark component of the collection, are currently more dispersed yet at the same time cleaned to contrast over the on the whole brushed case. At last, the whole outskirts of the case presently includes a cleaned incline that adds some dynamism to the watch and upgrades the apparent quality. In accordance with other results of Omega, the crown currently has a conical profile. Shockingly, in any case, the Constellation Master Chronometer 39mm is “only” water-impervious to 50 meters, while the past 38mm model was evaluated at 100m.
An significant piece of the Omega Constellation configuration was its incorporated wristband, and measuring the latest thing for this sort of watches, Omega has given extraordinary consideration to this piece of the watch. Once more, while it feels natural from the outset, the whole wristband is new, with overhauled joins, cleaned inclines on the edges and cleaned mid-bar joins, contrasting with the brushed connections. As should be obvious, these mid-bars are not full length any longer and utilized as a contrasting component on the two-tone forms of this watch. The general profile of the wristband and lock has been thinned in, and the triple collapsing fasten now includes a comfort-discharge work with a 2mm fine change – reasonable in summer to give some additional length to the arm band. The general nature of the wristband is superb and feels extremely charming on the wrist.
However, if a metallic arm band isn’t your thing, Omega additionally offers numerous varieties of its new Constellation Master Chronometer 39mm on croc ties giving this watch a dressier clothing. These leather choices are combined with a deployant buckle.
Finally, the dials have been updated, with new surfaces, new colors, new files and new hands – yet the mark star logo is as yet noticeable at 6 o’clock. Likewise with the remainder of the watch, the dials are more refined and more clean. The hands copy the state of the Freedom Tower in New York and the files have been thinned down. The primary update, in any case, concerns the date window that is currently trapezoidal and situated at 6 o’clock. Numerous surfaces and colors are offered, with matte opaline silver, bungle design (as seen above, and exceptionally wonderful, all things considered) and sunray brushed.
Master Chronometer mechanics
Regarding mechanics, Omega continues the reconciliation of its boss Master Chronometer developments across the entirety of its collections, and the new Constellation is no special case. Supplanting the Caliber 8500 found in the past 38mm renditions, the new Omega Constellation 39mm becomes “Co-Axial Master Chronometer” and coordinates the notable type 8800 (or 8801 on gold variants). This development is equivalent to the one utilized, for example, in the as of late redid Seamaster Diver 300M and has demonstrated to be both very exact and reliable.
Beating at 25,200vph (3.5Hz) and with a 55h force save on one barrel, this programmed development includes all the exemplary Omega advancements, like Co-Axial escapement and a silicon balance spring. The METAS-endorsed chronometer development likewise offers powerful enemy of attractive properties equipped for managing fields of up to 15,000 gauss.
Visible through the sapphire precious stone caseback, you can see the rhodium-plated completes, the arabesque Geneva waves and darkened screws. The primary distinction between type 8800 and 8801 is the presence of strong gold components – rotor and equilibrium connect. Other than that, the determinations are indistinguishable. The watch comes with a 5-year warranty.
A Luxury Sports Watch Alternative?
Before we attempt to respond to this inquiry, obviously Omega has sought after a more conservative line with these new versions of the Constellation. The development of the plan is unpretentious and just noticeable in the subtleties. All things considered, the general inclination is that Omega has overhauled its watch on all levels. The nature of the case, with its cleaned slant completes, is obvious. The increment in size is insignificant. The wristbands are all the more currently molded and have fascinating highlights, like the comfort expansion. The dials are pleasantly executed and the development that ticks inside this watch is a benchmark for the remainder of the business. What’s more, with a beginning cost underneath EUR 6,000, the new Omega Constellation 39mm offers a great deal for the money.
Now comes the significant question… Is this new Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 39mm equipped for competing in the consistently developing extravagance sports watch classification? It surely can’t be compared to the heavyweights of the business – Royal Oak , Nautilus and Overseas – just on the grounds that they play in various alliances (and totally different value classes as well). Same goes for the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo or the Chopard Alpine Eagle , as the two watches are valued around EUR 12,000.
The intriguing point with the Omega Constellation is that it is practically the solitary watch of this kind in the mid-end range, except for the Bell & Ross BR05 , a watch that feels substantially more present day, sportier and bolder in plan. Also, as referenced, with a section level cost of EUR 5,500 on leather and EUR 5,700 on a steel wristband, the Omega is very competitive.
Is it actually an extravagance sports watch, however? Let’s say that it is a conservative, marginally more rich and not very energetic vision of the formed watch with an incorporated wristband. Yet, unmistakably, it has some incredible contentions, as long as you prefer its moderately one of a kind design.
Collection, Price & Availability
The new Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 39mm is dispatched as a whole collection of 26 references, accessible in steel (leather tie or steel wristband), two-tone (with contrasting components in Sedna or yellow gold, again with leather lash or arm band) or in full Sedna or yellow gold (on leather tie or wristband). Different dials are additionally accessible, in silver, blue, dark, dark, earthy colored or champagne.
Below the maximum list:
- steel on leather – EUR 5,500
- steel on steel wristband – EUR 5,700
- steel-and-gold on leather – EUR 7,000
- steel-and-gold on wristband – EUR 8,400
- Sedna gold on leather – EUR 17,500
- Sedna gold on wristband – EUR 29,800
- yellow gold on leather – EUR 17,500
- yellow gold on wristband – EUR 29,800
The collection is presently accessible at retailers and official shops. More data about the collection here, at omegawatches.com .