OMEGA’s Constellation collection has been a linchpin for the luxury timepiece brand since 1952. The original Constellation featured eight stars on its crest, inspired by an observatory under the stars, and the eight precision records that OMEGA set at Kew-Teddington Observatory, and the Geneva Observatory during the mid-20th century. Between 1919, and 1971, OMEGA achieved 93 victories and set 72 world records at the observatories, a feat that was praised within the industry.
The trials were the most revered throughout chronometry, and were designed to ensure that only the most precise and exact timepieces would take centre stage. During this time, many watch manufacturers and master watchmakers spent a lot of time and dedication putting themselves and their pieces through rigorous and intense tests, constantly adapting and evolving their designs each and every year.
The Constellation quickly became a popular piece for the brand, and has long been a symbol of exquisite precision, sophisticated style, and the very highest of standards. The new Constellation models released this season are an homage to both their heritage, and the accuracy the watch offered.
The 41mm watches reflect a particularly bold and sophisticated spirit, while they also beautifully capture the Constellation’s most famous design traits – such as the iconic claws, and the half-moon facets at either end of the case.
Furthermore, OMEGA has integrated some of its finest and most advanced watchmaking materials into the designs. This includes models in stainless steel, 18K gold, or a combination of both. Additionally, almost all the bezels have been crafted in polished ceramic – replicating the look of the original Constellation Manhattan of 1982, which used shiny sapphire glass.
Only one model in the new collection features its own stainless steel bezel, which is enhanced by blackened Roman numerals. For the other models with ceramic bezels, the Roman numerals have been produced in either OMEGA Ceragold™ or Liquidmetal™.
Bevelling along the edges of the case and claws has provided the collection with a more slender look compared to models of the past, and even the crown has been subtly reshaped for added style. Adding to this effect, the hands have been given a slimline update, and the new indexes take their inspiration from the Manhattan skyline, most notably the triangular facets of the Freedom Tower.
Most of the new 2020 models will be presented on leather straps with an anti-bacterial rubber lining. A decorative metallic link connects each side of the strap to the case, creating a unique look of its own. Those who prefer an overall metallic look can match their new model with any bracelet in the Constellation 39mm collection, or its full leather strap.
Finally, the caseback features sapphire crystal that offers a view of the OMEGA Master Co-Axial Calibre 8900 / 8901 inside. All watches have been Master Chronometer certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) at the industry’s highest standards of precision, performance and magnetic resistance.