If the Speedmaster and the Seamaster are, without a doubt, the most recognizable watches produced by Omega, the Biel-based brand has far more models to offer. Besides its wide and attractive collection of sports watches, Omega indeed also has more refined, more complex and more luxurious timepieces on offer, whether in the De Ville or the Globemaster collection – the latter being a tribute to the past of the brand and its chronometers. Joining the collection today are three new Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar, available in luxurious metals and in bold colours.
The Constellation is one of the most enduring collections of Omega. It even came to life before the legendary Speedmaster. Born in the late 1940s, the Constellation (the family comprising the Globemaster) had always been focused on precision and mechanical refinement, as attested by the presence on the casebacks of a medallion featuring the Observatory of Geneva crowned by a constellation of eight stars. After some discreet years, the watch came back to its original concept in 2015, with the launch of the Globemaster sub-collection – a watch that was, whether for its design or its vocation, a strong tribute to the original Constellation concept, as we explained in this in-depth historical article. Plus, it was the first watch of Omega to come with the Master Chronometer certification.
Originally presented in 2015 as a time-and-date watch, with an hour hand that can be set independently, the brand launched the following year a model with a highly interesting complication, the annual calendar. One of the most practical complications of the industry, as only requiring one correction a year for the calendar indication, while not being overly complex, it made a remarked entry in the collection, with a design that was certainly bolder than some expected. But, after some years, these surprising month inscriptions are finally being well integrated.
Measuring 41mm in diameter for about 14.5mm in height, the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar is the brand’s vision of an elegant “daily-wearer” to be used both at the office and out. It’s elegant without being too formal, and the new editions launched today certainly add an extra dosage of cool and bold. The most noticeable elements of the Globemaster Annual Calendar are the fluted bezel, but also the so-called pie-pan dial, reminiscent of early Constellation watches.
In addition to the classic hands for the hours, minutes, and seconds, as well as the date window at 6 o’clock, the annual calendar is mostly visible with its central hand for the month indication. As explained, the annual calendar takes into account the different lengths of the months (30 or 31 days), with the exception of the month of February. Powering this watch is the calibre 8922 or 8923 (the latter being used for the gold model, and features a gold bridge and rotor). Mechanically identical, we’re talking about in-house automatic Master-Chronometer engines with all of the brand’s technology; antimagnetic silicon parts, double barrel, co-axial escapement. The movement is partially visible under a sapphire caseback, with the emblematic medallion featuring the Observatory of Geneva.
Steel on Green
Part of the three new models is a new green model, housed in a stainless steel case. The case has brushed surfaces with polished accents and its bezel is made of hard metal (tungsten carbide) for extra strength and resilience. The dial, with a deep green sunray-brushed pattern, features 18k white gold elements for the facetted hands, the Omega logo, the applied indexes, and the Constellation star. This version (ref. 22.214.171.124.10.001) is worn on a matching green alligator strap. It will soon be available from boutiques and priced at EUR 8,300.
Two-tone on Burgundy
The second model to join the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar collection is probably both the boldest and the most visually attractive. Its case combines stainless steel for the central part and the caseback, with a fluted bezel and a crown made of 18k Sedna Gold – Omega’s exclusive red gold alloy. The dial, with its deep burgundy colour, is sunray-brushed and all the elements – hands, logos, applied markers – are made of Sedna gold too. This version (ref. 126.96.36.199.11.001) is complemented by a colour-matching alligator strap with a steel folding clasp. It will be priced at EUR 11,100.
Gold on Gold
last but not least, the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar now comprises a model that is all about gold. The case of this exclusive version is made entirely of 18k Sedna gold, including its polished and fluted bezel. But that’s not all… All elements of the dial, including the hands and markers, but also the base of the dial itself, are made of 18k Sedna gold too, as indicated by the “Au750” inscription near the axis of the hands. To bring contrast, black onyx has been used for the index settings, and for the first time, also for the hours and minutes hands. This version is worn on a glossy black alligator strap. The price of this gold version of the Globemaster Annual Calendar (ref. 188.8.131.52.99.002) is not yet confirmed.
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