Omega Launches A New, And Larger, Flavor Of The Constellation
As a brand, Omega has no shortage of pedigree. Both the Seamaster and the Speedmaster have been around for decades while enjoying continuous success. While these are the collections that often grab the headlines, the brand also has a third success story, as the Constellation enjoys an equally rich and long heritage. It has always been a watch that offered a sense of elegance with a sportive touch. This became especially true when in 1982, Omega introduced the bezel with the four claws, which have grown to become a signature feature of the Constellation. Now Omega is adding even more flavor to this collection with new, and larger, gentleman’s models.
The new models are all 41mm in diameter, making them the largest Constellations currently available, and feature a Master Chronometer certified automatic movement, which can be admired through the sapphire caseback. The movement is equipped with a co-axial escapement and very well finished, making it a joy to see. The same can be said of the front, where it is especially the ceramic bezel that takes center stage. They add a dash of color, since Omega is playing with exciting contrasts. A case made of warm Sedna gold is combined with a vibrant blue dial and matching bezel, while the version in yellow gold features a bezel and dial in black. There is also a stainless steel Constellation with a black bezel and a beautifully textured dial. The Roman numerals on the bezel are engraved and filled with Omega’s proprietary Liquidmetal or Ceragold, depending on the model.
What is very striking about these watches is that Omega is launching them on a strap. While the claw-lugs have become iconic over the years, so has the integrated bracelet that the vast majority of the Constellation models came on since the early 1980s. In recent years, Omega has added more models on a leather strap and for a good reason. While the integrated bracelet (which is also on these models, still an option) looks and feels superb, the leather straps emphasize the watch itself, and its striking bezel. They make its character a bit more elegant, yet make no mistake, thanks to an anti-bacterial rubber lining on these alligator straps, these Constellations are perfect as an everyday companion.