Jewels & Time 2020: The Omega Constellation Gents’ Collection Gets a New 41mm Range
Omega has firmly put the Constellation Gents’ collection in the spotlight this year, releasing two different sizes of the iconic watch which is now into its fifth generation. We were first introduced to the 39mm models—a whopping 26 of them in all—at the start of the year, which received a subtle aesthetic refinement as well as an upgrade to the brand’s distinctive Master Chronometer status.
Following that, a 41mm selection comprising eight variants in different material and colour combinations has been unveiled, with seven of them sporting a polished ceramic bezel that further sets them apart from the 39mm models. The shiny bezel replicates the look of the Constellation Manhattan of 1982, while the Roman numerals marked all around it are filled with Ceragold, another Omega innovation that first enabled ceramic watch components to be decorated with gold. The odd one out of these eight is fitted with a bezel of stainless steel as an option for those who prefer it to blend with the stainless steel case for a more cohesive look.
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With bevelling along the edges of the case, as well as the Constellation’s signature four “claws”, the watch is visibly sleeker compared to its predecessors. Almost everything else has been slimmed down for a more refined appearance. The crown has been subtly reshaped to yield a more conical structure and the hands were given a slim-line update, while the new indexes took their shape from the triangular facets of New York City’s Freedom Tower.
The open caseback reveals a view of the Omega Master Co-Axial calibre 8900, or 8901 for the gold references. Like the 39mm models, all the 41mm Constellation Gents watches are Master Chronometer-certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology at the industry’s highest standards of precision, performance and magnetic resistance.
All in all, the subtle aesthetic updates have made quite a surprisingly dramatic difference to this classic Omega watch. It will be hard not to be drawn to these newly modernised Constellation Gents’ pieces, whether it be the more refined-looking 39mm styles or the sportier 41mm models.
Editor says: With its now sleeker and sexier appeal, and that Master Chronometer certification to boot, the Omega Constellation is a solid pick for the guy who wants an everyday watch that will work for any occasion.
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