The Omega Constellation was born in 1952 as a gentleman’s chronometer, but it’s the 1982 version that we’re all most familiar with today, with its distinct look with the four “claws” on the side of the case, the barrel-shaped case with the facets shaped like half-moons at the top and bottom, and the mono-link bracelet.
Following on from last year’s new generation of Constellation Manhattan watches for the ladies, Omega is returning with a revamp of the Constellation line for the gents, timely of course, as we are currently at the height of the integrated bracelet sports watch trend.
The new generation Omega Constellation is its fifth revamp and comes in a vast line-up that includes 26 different versions in various combinations of dial colours and cases in steel and gold (both 18K yellow gold and Omega’s proprietary Sedna gold), all at a comfortable 39mm.
Let’s look at what’s new on the watch. All the aesthetic upgrades to the new Constellation makes it a slimmer and even more refined watch, with a slimmer bezel, slimmer claws and a redesigned crown in a more elegant conical shape. The Roman numerals on the bezel are also redesigned, as are the hour markers and hands on the dial, which recall the triangular facets of the Freedom Tower in New York.
The integrated bracelet is also improved, with new mid-bar links and a comfort-release function. The bracelet can also be switched out for leather straps in various colours.
On the dial, apart from the classic black, silver, blue, white and brown, Omega has also released a new silk-embossed, textured effect on the dials in silvery white, champagne and a navy blue.
Little details further enhance the symmetry and balance of the dial, including the trapezoid-shaped date window at 6 o’clock, as well as the applied Constellation star just above it.
Master Chronometer Certified
And the final icing on the cake: the 39mm models in the Constellation Gent’s line have all finally been upgraded to Master Chronometer status. The watches are equipped with Omega’s in-house Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8801, beating at 25,200vph (3.5Hz) and comes with a power reserve of 55 hours.
The METAS-certified movement is also resistant to magnetic fields reaching 15,000 gauss, and features a free sprung-balance with silicon balance spring, and automatic winding in both directions. Visible behind the transparent sapphire caseback, the movement is water resistant to 5 bars (50 metres).
Self-winding calibre 8801, certified Master Chronometer, power reserve of 55 hours
39mm in stainless steel, 18K yellow gold, 18K Sedna gold or two tone steel and gold
Matching bracelet in steel, 18K yellow gold, 18K Sedna gold or two-tone steel and gold; or leather strap options in brown, olive green, grey, blue and black