A watch born within the early Fifties as a precision chronometer wristwatch, the Omega Constellation is without doubt one of the most long-lasting collections of the model, solely surpassed by the Seamaster. After three many years as a traditional, elegant watch, it drastically modified within the early Eighties to change into the mannequin with built-in bracelet and signature claws we all know at present. Since then, this daring and recognizable design has been a part of the gathering underneath the identify Manhattan. Among the many wide selection of fashions, we’ve at all times a sure love for the fashionable, sporty 41mm version, which we extensively reviewed right here. A part of the 2022 assortment, Omega brings new colors and two-tone choices to this watch, in the identical vein as they did with the Globemaster Annual Calendar.
The Omega Constellation 41mm is a moderately distinctive mannequin within the assortment, and likewise subsequent to the competitors. Whereas sharing some components with the traditional luxurious sports activities watches with built-in bracelet, it’s not completely in keeping with this spirit and has its personal character. Extra sturdy, a bit sportier total, but extraordinarily nicely constructed and overly-equipped, it’s a watch to think about in the event you’re available on the market for some informal and authentic. Particularly this 12 months, as the brand new editions of the Constellation 41mm are clearly all about colors and mixture of supplies.
The fundamentals, in comparison with the metal model we reviewed right here, haven’t modified. As such, we’re nonetheless in entrance of a metal case with a barrel form and half-moons subsequent to the lugs. It measures 41mm in diameter, 13.5mm in peak and has a moderately compact lug-to-lug measurement of 44mm – it’s certainly surprisingly nice on the wrist. Probably the most noticeable component of the design is, unquestionably, the contrasting ceramic bezel with Roman numerals and, in fact, the claws which can be emblematic of the mannequin since 1982. We’re nonetheless speaking a few time-and-date watch, with 50m water-resistance, sapphire crystals on each side and leather-based/rubber straps following the strains of the case and hooked up to it because of central ornamental rounded hyperlinks.
What’s new then…? Nicely, colors and supplies, principally. The 2022 Omega Constellation 41mm fashions, that are added to the gathering and don’t come as replacements, are both metal or steel-and-gold. The primary, in metal (ref. 126.96.36.199.04.001), mixes a shiny white ceramic dial with CVD-coated blue arms and utilized markers. The ceramic bezel is blue with Roman numerals crammed with Grand Feu white enamel. It’s worn on a blue alligator and rubber strap. A pleasant, recent mixture total.
The remainder of the gathering is all about two-tone instances and hues. First, mixing metal and yellow gold (ref. 188.8.131.52.10.001), is a nice version with a gradient darkish inexperienced dial with a sunray-brushed sample, a black ceramic bezel with gold Roman numerals (because of the seamless Ceragold expertise) and a darkish inexperienced strap. In the identical vein, the model has created a burgundy Omega Constellation 41mm (ref. 184.108.40.206.11.001) that mixes metal with 18k Sedna gold, a gradient darkish purple brushed dial, a black bezel with gold numerals and a burgundy strap. Lastly, the final possibility (ref. 220.127.116.11.06.002) additionally mixes metal and yellow gold, this time with a patterned rhodium-grey dial. This version incorporates a brown ceramic bezel and strap.
Beneath the sapphire caseback is the well-known Calibre 8900, an in-house computerized motion with double barrel (60h energy reserve), co-axial escapement beating at 3.5Hz, silicon steadiness spring and free-sprung steadiness. It additionally comes with all attainable Omega refinements, such because the Grasp Chronometer certification, a resistance to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss and a 5-year guarantee. It’s properly embellished with Geneva waves in arabesque and blackened screws. The show consists of central H-M-S and a date at 6 o’clock. Observe that there’s even a time zone perform, permitting to alter the hours by one-hour increments.
Availability & Value
The brand new Omega Constellation 41mm Grasp Chronometer assortment will quickly be obtainable from retailers and boutiques. The metal/white/blue mannequin will probably be priced at EUR 6,800. The three steel-and-gold variations will probably be priced at EUR 9,200.
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