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Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 41mm

Though it doesn’t have the cachet of a Speedmaster with its legendary Moon touchdown or a Seamaster worn in an action-packed James Bond episode, the Omega Constellation is without doubt one of the model’s oldest and most enduring collections that began life in 1952 as a precision chronometer wristwatch. Revisited through the years, the transformation that almost all influenced the up to date look of the Constellation happened in 1982, the 12 months the watch received its claws. Following the replace to the 29mm Constellation Manhattan girls’ mannequin in 2019, the gent’s 39mm and 41mm had been additionally upgraded in 2020 and geared up with Grasp Chronometer calibre 8800. The time-and-date watch we’re immediately is the good-looking 41mm metal model with a black dial and built-in strap. Though now we have typically referred to it as a luxurious sports activities watch – given its formed case, raised bezel and built-in bracelet – having dealt with the modern black dial and bezel model, I’m tempted to relabel it as a really dressy watch in a refined but sporty case.

Temporary background

The Omega Constellation assortment was the sequel of Omega’s Centenary, an computerized, chronometer-certified wristwatch launched in 1948 to have a good time the model’s a centesimal anniversary. Gauging the curiosity taken within the limited-edition Centenary, Omega determined to provide an computerized wristwatch line with chronometry standing. Outfitted with calibres 351, 352 and 354 with bumper rotors, the primary Omega Constellation appeared in 1952 and featured a star above the 6 o’clock marker and a sealed caseback with a medallion of the Observatory of Geneva topped with a constellation of eight stars. The observatory referenced Omega’s exploits in chronometry and its world precision data set in 1933 and 1936 at Kew-Teddington.

The primary Omega Constellation, the 1952 “Pie-Pan” watch

Following a decade or so marked by pie-pan dials and simple spherical instances, by the mid-Sixties, the pie-pan dials had given strategy to flat dials and extra elaborate case shapes, resulting in the built-in bracelet fashions of 1969. Omega embraced the arrival of quartz know-how and its potential for ultra-thin watches and, as you possibly can see within the pictures of this in-depth historical past of the Constellation article, produced some fairly funky Constellations throughout this era.

Nevertheless, the ‘huge’ design second of the Constellation was in 1982 when the Omega Constellation Manhattan household received its claws. The 4 screwed claws that may change into the hallmark function of the Manhattan, extending from the case over the dial at 3 and 9 o’clock, weren’t only a design element however held the sapphire crystal and gasket firmly in opposition to the case to make sure the water-resistance. Consistent with the temper of the Nineteen Eighties, the cushion-shaped case was smoothed out and rounded with scalloped half-moon sides at both finish of the case and an built-in bracelet with hinged hyperlinks. The general impression was of clean surfaces and a steady design that flowed from the case to the metallic bracelet. Different design cues related to the Constellation Manhattan had been the Roman numerals on the bezel, two-tone metallic combos and an built-in bracelet with hinged hyperlinks.

2020 Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 41mmAn instance of the 2020 Omega Constellation Co-Axial Grasp Chronometer 41mm, right here with a gray textured dial.

Omega’s spectacular Grasp Chronometer-certified actions made their debut contained in the Globemaster in 2015, a watch that heralded the return of the retro pie-pan dials within the Constellation household. In January 2020, Omega launched its revisited Constellation in 39mm adopted by a bigger 41mm model about six months later, each geared up with the model’s newest Grasp Chronometer calibres.

The Signature Omega Constellation case

The hallmark barrel-shaped case with faceted half-moons and claws depends on a dynamic mixture of brushed and polished surfaces to spotlight its structure. The case shows radial and straight-brushed surfaces, whereas the polished claws and bevels entice the sunshine. With sapphire crystals back and front, the water-resistance is 50 metres – not a colossal quantity for a luxurious sports activities watch however sufficient to get by.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 41mm Steel Black Dial

The brand new 41mm case measurement launched two years in the past is a extra up to date diameter. Nonetheless, it’s at all times good to know {that a} 39mm mannequin with virtually the identical specs for males with smaller wrists is out there. The peak, at about 13.5mm, is on the thick facet for the style, and if it stays extremely snug, a bit extra thinness would have been welcome. However we all know that this isn’t the speciality of Omega, which tends to favour robustness of the actions over slenderness.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 41mm Steel Black Dial

One other ingredient that pulls and performs with the sunshine is the polished black ceramic bezel with Roman numerals in Liquidmetal. The concept behind utilizing polished ceramic bezels was to seize the look of the unique Constellation Manhattan of 1982 that had a shiny sapphire glass. Mixed with the polished claws, the shiny black ceramic of the bezel provides an expensive, elegant contact to the watch. Total, and regardless of the monochromatic look of the watch, there are loads of ingredient to catch the attention, many surfaces, textures and particulars to animate this watch – it’s much more full of life within the metallic than on the model’s official photographs.

Discreet, modernized dial

The black dial has a silky sun-brushed end that performs with the sunshine in a much more refined means; a domed sapphire crystal protects the dial with anti-reflective remedy on each side to keep away from any undesirable reflections. The skinny triangular hour markers are faceted and show brushed surfaces and polished edges. Reminiscent of the star featured on the dial of the primary Constellations, you possibly can see a rhodium-plated begin positioned simply above the date aperture at 6 o’clock. Though it’s exhausting to discern in our pictures, the sun-brushed sample on the dial emanates from the centre of the star. The one hint of lume on the Constellation is on the slim central hour and minute palms.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 41mm Steel Black Dial

The ultra-precise Omega Calibre 8900

Like the unique fashions of 1952 that flaunted their impeccable chronometry, the Constellation 41mm assortment is supplied with Omega’s in-house Co-Axial Grasp Chronometer calibre 8900. A extra highly effective model of the calibre 8800 contained in the 39mm, the big rhodium-plated rotor of the automated motion delivers energy to the dual barrels providing 60 hours of energy reserve. As you’d anticipate from its Grasp Chronometer certification, the motion is supplied with Omega’s newest know-how, that means a co-axial escapement, silicon elements and a formidable resistance to magnetic fields of as much as 15,000 gauss. Seen by means of the caseback, the motion is embellished with arabesque Geneva waves and blackened screws.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 41mm Steel Black Dial

Ideas

Of the eight Constellation 41mm presently within the assortment, some with flashier two-tone instances and textured dials, this metal mannequin with a black dial and bezel is probably the most elegant. Though it does have the attributes of a luxurious sports activities watch – formed case, raised bezel, built-in bracelet – it has a dressier attraction regardless of a case thicker than we’d like. The water-resistance is low, and the shortage of lume disqualify it as a sports activities watch, and its 41mm diameter disqualify it as a gown watch. On the finish of the day, classes are limiting. The Constellation 41mm is a good-looking, well-built precision chronometer that can look good in nearly any state of affairs.

Omega Constellation Co-Axial Master Chronometer 41mm Steel Black Dial

Availability & Worth

The offered version of the Omega Constellation Co-Axial Grasp Chronometer 41mm (ref. 131.33.41.21.01.001) comes on an built-in black leather-based strap with an ornamental metallic hyperlink connecting both sides of the strap to the case. The watch is now out there from boutiques, retailers and on-line from Omega’s web site, and is a part of the everlasting assortment. It’s priced at EUR 6,400 (incl. VAT).

Extra info at Omegawatches.com.

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