Omega has unveiled a new Constellation collection of ladies’ watches with a plethora of case, dial and bezel options. There are 101 models in the new Constellation range and the flagship models will now feature the Bienne brand’s Master Chronometer movements.
Though the Constellation has been around since 1952, the “Manhattan” design – with its four iconic “claws” that held together the sapphire crystal and gasket inside the case - is the one most associated the Constellation today. The watch’s barrel-shaped case with its half-moon facets and integrated bracelet with hinged links were first introduced more than 36 years ago.
The new Constellation keeps the central “Manhattan” look and is available in three case sizes – 25 mm, 28 mm and 29 mm – and the choice of materials include stainless steel, Sedna gold, yellow gold and two-tone (gold and steel) combinations. The matte-finish case is embellished by polished bevelled edges along the case and bracelet. New slender bezels have been created for each watch, seemingly providing a wider view of the dial.
The bezels include thinner Roman numerals, which are all now in the upright reading position. The famous Constellation claws are slimmer and merge seamlessly into the case. The teeth of the crown have been given a feminine half-moon shape, following the iconic half-moon facets of the case. Some models are offered with jewel-crusted bezels as well.
On the dial, the skeletonized leaf hands are now slimmer while the new indexes are inspired by the triangular facets of Manhattan’s Freedom Tower. On the 29 mm models, date is indicated by an aperture at 6 o’ clock.
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Two different bracelet styles can be found within the collection for easy recognition. The quartz models have a similar bracelet to the Constellation ’09, whereas the 29 mm Master Chronometer models have been given a new bracelet inspired by those of the original Constellation “Manhattan” collection, featuring polished “mid-bar” links. The bracelet clasps have been given polished half-moons and a comfort release adjustment, which allows the wearer to extend an extra 2 mm.
As mentioned before, the 25 and 28 mm models are powered by quartz movements and featured closed casebacks featuring the famous observatory medallion. The flagship 29 mm model gets the Master Chronometer treatment and has an exhibition cashback. The 29 mm models are powered by either the METAS-certified Caliber 8700 and 8701 movements.