Each company has a particular arrangement of qualities, convictions and thoughts that run at its center. They characterize its position and furthermore affect its tasks or its items. An ethos is so significant in light of the fact that it allows the client to relate to its items. Brand unwaveringness is gotten from that sole thought. Omega is a company that has a solid ethos and character. Many accept, in any case, that the company is inseparable from exemplary games watches like the strong Speedmaster and the notable Seamaster . And keeping in mind that the company formed the advancement of sports watches/chronographs in manners that couple of others have done, I in any case don’t think so. Omega is a company that has a rich legacy of creating numerous different watches. Their new contribution, presented at Baselworld 2015 , is a watch that comes to reclassify an exemplary line of extremely one of a kind and significant watches. The new Omega Globemaster is an immediate relative of the vintage Omega Constellation of the 1950s and 1960s, enhanced with numerous exceptional highlights.
Lets precisely turn around in Time.
Before the Speedmaster and the Seamaster , the Omega Constellation was Omega’s flagship. This specific group of watches traces all the way back to 1952. Its predecessor was simply the “Century” watch, a restricted version winding chronometer wristwatch dispatched in 1948 to commend the company’s 100th commemoration. As per Omega’s ‘Journey Through Time’, it was this specific watch – and the eagerness and popularity it produced – that drove the company to make another group of automatic chronometers. The name and the image of the line picked by Omega were striking: it was named ‘Constellation’, and the dome of the Geneva Observatory adorned the caseback. These decisions underscored Omega’s commitment to timekeeping greatness, the raison-de-etre of any watch.
The name Constellation is a galactic term. Its derivation comes from the latin word constellatio, which can be deciphered as a ‘set of stars’ and the advanced cosmic term the “area of the divine circle around a particular asterism” dates to the mid-sixteenth century. Omega carefully picked this name since it suggests a never-ending development through the universe, which is steady and unsurprising like the activity of a dependable mechanical watch. The image of the Geneva Observatory’s dome additionally concisely suggests that it is a chronometer watch assembled and tried to exceptionally high standards.
During the late nineteenth and mid twentieth hundreds of years, before quartz and GPS, countries, businesses and armed forces relied upon exact mechanical watches. In this way, producers and their lord watchmakers invested critical measures of energy and assets on arrangements for Observatory preliminaries, which were held all through Europe. These occasions were not planned to exhibit new items. All things being equal, the Observatory preliminaries zeroed in on the study of Chronometry and the capacity to make chronometers measure time correctly. The Observatory preliminaries were the “crown jewels” of Chronometry and, curiously, just Patek Philippe and Omega took part every year.
Performances at these competitions collected for the company a standing of exactness and advancement. Omega clean-cleared the competition in 1931. By winning first prize on the whole 6 classes of these preliminaries, Omega’s ability as an exactness timing company was guaranteed and Omega was picked as the authority watch for the U.S. Olympic Games in 1932. This was the first occasion when that a solitary company was depended with this significant assignment. The Cal. 47.7 accomplished close flawlessly in 1936 when it scored 97.8 purposes of 100, an accuracy record which has never been broken. Omega re-establishes their precedents in 1951, coming out ahead of the pack in Geneva and at Kew-Teddington preliminaries ordinarily. Following their rehashed accomplishment in observatory preliminaries, Omega used their ability in delivering COSC guaranteed models until they headed the yearly rundown of ensured chronometers. For over 10 years (1958 – 1969), Omega was by a wide margin the biggest producer of COSC chronometers – chiefly with their celebrated Constellation models.
The Classic Constellation of the 1950’s & 1960’s.
The exemplary Constellation group of watches had two characterizing qualities: style and execution. This line of watches can be isolated into two periods – from 1952 until 1964 and from 1964 until 1978. The 50’s line, characterized by the combination of luxurious yet exquisitely refined cases, worn pie-dish formed dials and particular hour molded markers with super exact guard developments – chronometer evaluated. The ‘Connies’, as Omega lovers affectionately allude to them, were one of the best and most exact lines of watches accessible at that point and took into account different financial plans and tastes. The Constellation was accessible in steel or gold; the Constellation Deluxe was just offered in gold with applied gold lists on the dial; lastly the Constellation Grand-Luxe was accessible in gold or platinum with relating dial and the supposed “Brick link” arm band. The particular and extravagant visual parts of the early ‘Connies’ were invigorated by the experimentation on the dials which drove the company to embrace a raised sided dial – this new game plan was called Pie-Pan and this interesting element was once again introduced in the new Omega Globemaster. Here we should take note of that, in the United States, this line of watches was from the start known as the Omega Globemaster because of a brand name struggle which was settled in 1956. A significant number of these watches essentially have the Constellation star on the dial.
The observe radically changed in 1964 with the presentation of the C-molded Constellations, which, despite the fact that they had an alternate generally look, kept on being rich, extravagant and super exact. The new plan mirrored the arising pattern of the 1960’s toward greater watches with shapes looking into it taking after two-interlocked Cs. The reexamined ‘Connie’ had a moderate dial and the drags were completely coordinated, amplifying the impression of a bigger case. Treated steel, gold and platinum were accessible. Slender cudgel hands and faceted loaf markers loaned a more cleaned up style generally. In 1966 Omega delivered the fluted/knurled bezel form, which gave a significantly more sumptuous tone to the model; another distinguishing highlight that Omega once again introduced in the new Globemaster. Tastefulness and regular usefulness were the most importantly qualities of the Constellation/Globemaster lines of watches. One of a kind plan highlights like the pie-container dials and the fluted bezel utilization of gold and platinum, and rich cases all came to characterize exemplary feel. Notwithstanding, this group of watches was not just about sight to behold claim, since its demonstrated presentation snuck up all of a sudden as well.
At the start, Constellations housed the cal.352RG and cal.354 guard developments. In contrast to a cutting edge automatic motor, where the rotor turns an entire 360 degrees, the rotor of a guard development moves to and fro around 120 degrees, knocking off of a couple of springs on inverse sides. These developments were at that point created by and large, yet were adjusted by Omega to chronometer guidelines. In 1956, the cal.501 turned into the staple of the line, yet was immediately supplanted by cal.505, lastly, in 1959, types 551 and 561 (with date) were presented. The cal.551 was a genuine magnum opus. It had 24 gems, a four-arm beryllium balance and fantastic enemy of attractive properties/. It also end up being a very solid type. In 1966, the cal.564 with a fast date highlight was presented. In corresponding with the 500 arrangement of developments, the 700 arrangement super-level developments were created in a set number of pieces since they were just accessible in strong white or yellow gold watches. To wrap things up, in the 1970’s the 1000 arrangement types were presented, with the cal.1011 and cal.1021 being the stars of the line. Every one of these types were tuned to chronometer guidelines making this line inseparable from astounding execution. The Geneva dome emblem on the caseback of the Constellation line was there for an explanation – what preferred evidence over the Omega’s exhibition hall reference about a particular 1969 Constellation that was gotten back to Bienne following 36 years and afterward re-affirmed as a COSC chronometer?
The Modern Re-Interpretation of a chronometer: The Omega Globemaster
Omega’s new model was as of late introduced at an uncommon occasion, and the Monochrome group was there in full power. Albeit nobody knew the specific purpose behind this particular press occasion, the groups were quietly holding up in long lines that put this journalist as a main priority of those that go before prominent live performances. The occasion was very energetic, with incredible music and beverages gave in an entirely lively environment aglow with an emanation of secret – Omega authorities kept their plans firmly near the vest. The company’s CEO Mr. Urquart and Mr. Monachon gave a discourse, and afterward presented the watch with extraordinary pride. Toward the finish of the introduction, another zone was uncovered, where everything visitors could see the Omega Globemaster showed close by vintage Constellations. The Museum Director just as Omega’s watchmakers were close by to explain, clarify and answer any questions.
Aesthetically, the Globemaster is a very exquisite watch, as I would see it maybe the ideal ordinary dress watch. As was at that point referenced, it gets two incredible plan attributes from an earlier time: the famous pie-skillet dial of the 1950’s Constellations and the fluted bezel of the 1960’s models. Here we should make reference to that the fluted/knurled bezel is anything but a single area of one explicit company. It is a trademark configuration utilized by numerous companies inside the watchmaking business, particularly before, to improve their models. Omega utilized this component for different models, including the C-formed Constellations from 1966.
The Omega Globemaster is a 39mm watch, which really wears a lot bigger. The case is a wondrous thing, being extravagant yet richly refined. It is brushed and has four cleaned slopes that associate the edges of the hauls to the bezel. A sunburst blue dial – which I experienced passionate feelings for – graces both the full tempered steel and bi-metallic renditions, which are accessible with an arm band or a blue calfskin lash. Opaline dials are found on the 18K Sedna gold, the 18K yellow gold, the tempered steel and the hardened steel and 18K yellow gold versions. The records and the trademark Constellation star are applied on the dial and are either 18K Sedna gold, 18K yellow gold or are rhodium-plated or darkened relying upon the arrangement. Here we should take note of the tender loving care that Omega put into this watch – it is amazing. On the hardened steel forms, the fluted bezel is made of tungsten carbide, a substance compound which can be squeezed and framed into shapes, since in its most essential structure it is a fine dim powder. Tungsten carbide is very intense being multiple times stiffer than steel and a lot denser than steel or titanium.
The Globemaster’s masterpiece lies underneath the hood and the emblem that graces the caseback offers an intense expression. As we previously referenced, the company was a significant part in the lofty observatory preliminaries. The eight stars in the sky over the observatory represent the most significant chronometry grants that Omega procured previously, and equal their progressing present commitment to suffering quality improved by the eight METAS-guaranteed rules that a watch and its development should meet to get Master Chronometer status. The Globemaster is a watch that both maintains and rises above the guiding principle of the company and associates the past with the present and the future.
The Omega Globemaster and its recently presented Co-Axial type 8900, is the main Omega that fulfills the Master Chronometer guideline, which comprises of 8 significant features.
- Functioning of the development during openness to an attractive field of > 15.000 gauss
- Deviation of the running season of the watch in six positions
- Deviation of the running season of the watch somewhere in the range of 0 and 2/3rds of the force reserve
- Functioning of the whole watch (development cased) during openness to an attractive field of > 15.000 gauss
- Deviation of the normal every day accuracy of the watch after openness to an attractive field of > 15.000 gauss
- Average day by day exactness of the watch in tests reproducing every day wearing conditions (6 positions, two temperatures)
- Power save of the watch (self-governance – working without winding)
- Water obstruction of the watch (tried in water)
Omega authorities referenced at the Globemaster’s introduction affair that the new watches will have ace chronometer showed on the dial; this will ensure that the watch met all the very high prerequisites, as tried and affirmed by METAS . All Master chronometer watches will come with an authentication as a Mastercard that will permit their proprietors to logon to the Omega site and check all the estimations and test aftereffects of their own prespective timepieces.
The new Omega Globemaster is a watch roused absolutely by the DNA of Omega and matchlessly addresses the ethos of the brand. This watch is vital for the company. Right off the bat, it restores the exemplary Constellation/Globemasters by remaining dedicated to their two generally striking and distinguishing characteristics: looks and exhibitions. The combination of new materials with the exemplary feel of the vintage Constellations enhanced by the two trademark characterizing highlights (pie-skillet dial & fluted bezel) make a genuinely perfect watch. Also, the connection between the chronometer status of the vintage line and the new METAS test (and the eight stars emblem) is a splendid move, since it shows that the company rising above qualities by offering progressed mechanical developments that have been finely tuned and vivaciously tried under exceptionally tough strategies. To wrap things up, the company introduced the Omega Globemaster and not another games watch/jumper/chronograph. It was a tasteful move which resuscitated its dress line of watches, yet additionally demonstrated that Omega’s solid presence is as of now settled in the simply sports watch/jumper/chronograph lines. Broadening is never something terrible, and more choices for the clients is continually something that is valued on the lookout. In spite of the fact that I am to a greater degree a Speedmaster/Seamaster sort of fellow, I should say I am intrigued. Reason fabricated game watches and chronographs are my shortcoming; however for some rare events where you need to wear something rich with no compromise on execution, the new Omega Globemaster is the ideal choice.
- Stainless Steel on calfskin lash: 5.900 Euros
- Stainless Steel on Stainless steel arm band: 6.000 Euros
- Platinum on calfskin tie (restricted to 352 pieces): 35.000 Euros
- Sedna or yellow gold on calfskin: 17.000 Euros
Availability: In stores in November 2015