Not content with just unleashing new ceramic Speedmaster models at BaselWorld 2015, Omega has now introduced the Globemaster. The watch features time and date complications only but, when it hits the market, it will be one of Omega’s most technically advanced watches, and the brand’s first ‘Master Chronometer’ timepiece.
Omega aficionados will no doubt recognise the Globemaster name, it’s a name that was connected with certain Constellation timepieces in years long past. But this new timepiece shares more than just a name with Omega’s past, the fluted bezel and pie-pan dial are styling details taken from Constellation timepieces from the 50s and 60s.
The big news, however, is the fact that the Globemaster is certified as a Master Chronometer. This is a standard that was introduced back in 2014 by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The certification is only given to watches that prove themselves in the following eight criteria:
- The function of the movement during exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss
- The deviation of the running time of the watch in six positions
- The deviation of the running time of the watch between zero and 2/3rd of the power reserve
- The functioning of the watch while it is being exposed to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss
- The deviation of the average daily precision of the watch after exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss
- The average daily precision of the watch in tests replicating daily wearing scenarios, namely six positions and two temperatures
- The power reserve of the watch (functioning without winding)
- The water resistance of the watch (tested in water)
Since there are eight criteria that a watch has to satisfy – which the Globemaster has done – Omega has placed eight stars on the Constellation medallion found on the caseback. Watches that have the Master Chronometer certification will ship with a separate information card (credit card sized) that will provide users with a unique access code, which can be used to logon to the Omega website, so you can find out the test results returned by your watch.
The new Globemaster is a time and date only timepiece, and will feature a choice of three different case materials – stainless steel, 18K yellow-gold and 18K Sedna gold. A 39mm case size is standard, as is the pie-pan dial, a trait taken from Consteallation models released in 1952. A mix of dials will be offered – a sun-brushed blue dial can be had on the stainless steel and bi-metallic models, and both can be had on either bracelet or a blue leather strap.
Silvery opaline dials feature on the 18K Sedna-gold and 18K yellow-gold models, as well as the stainless steel and bi-metallic (steel and yellow-gold) references. Stainless steel models with the silvery opaline dial are offered with a grey leather strap. All of the watches feature hands and indexes that are coated in Super-Luminova. A date window can be found at the six o’clock position.
All Globemaster watches will also feature a distinctive fluted bezel, a trait that was seen on certain Constellation models that were on the market back in 1968. On stainless steel Globemasters, the bezel is made from hard-as-nails tungsten carbide, which means the bezel should retain its crispy finish for years.
Within the Globemaster lives a new movement, Omega’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer calibre 8900/8901. This is an automatic movement featuring Co-Axial technology, it is COSC certified and offers a power reserve of 60-hours when fully wound. The movement can be observed through a sapphire crystal caseback which, as we said earlier, features a medallion showing an observatory and a constellation.
The stainless steel Globemaster is expected to carry a retail price of approximately US $7,800, whereas gold models will be priced at approximately US $22,000. We’ve been told that Globemasters will only reach the Middle East late in 2015 or early in 2016.
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