When it comes to Omega, the Constellation collection is often overlooked, giving way to more prominent watches in the brand like the Seamaster and the Speedmaster. However, the Constellation still represents one of the oldest collections within the brand and with the first watch launched in 1952, it has a deep and storied history within Omega. This year, more than six decades after its initial launch, Omega has once again refreshed the Constellation collection with a new 5th generation of watches.
If you look a the first Constellation watch launched in 1952, you won’t see a clear distinction with the Constellation watches highlighted here. Instead, this pie-pan dial design was incorporated into a subcollection within the modern Constellation family – the Globemaster. Throughout the Constellation’s lifespan, it was refreshed several times, even getting a version designed with a quartz movement. It was only in 1982 that Omega designed the Constellation which we are familiar with today. This includes the claws on the side of the case, the barrel-shaped case with its half-moon facets at the top and bottom and the mono-link bracelet.
With this new generation of Constellation, Omega has successfully managed to introduce a vast array of design updates without altering the visual DNA of the collection. First up, the polished and bevelled edges along the case, claws and bracelet add a sense of refinement to the piece. Both bezel and claws are now slimmer, and the crown now comes in a new conical shape. Even the hands and hour markers have been redesigned, taking its inspiration from the triangular facets of the Freedom Tower in New York.
Even with all the mentioned changes, from a quick glance, the watch is still a Constellation through and through. It is only when you take a second look that you start to notice the changes. And the biggest change, is perhaps something that cannot be seen, at least from the front. It is the new Master Co-Axial Caliber 8800 movement that powers the watch and allows the new Constellation to also bear the Master Chronometer certification.
All 26 references of the new Omega Constellation for gents will have a 39mm case in a variety of materials including stainless steel, 18K yellow gold and 18K Sedna gold. The price starts from MYR 24,100 for a steel on steel model and will scale according to the material of the case and dial.
Case size: 39mm
Crystal: Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Lug width: 24.2mm
Movement: Omega Caliber 8800 Co-Axial
Water Resistance: 50m
Price: MYR 24,100 onwards