As it has been announced some time ago, Omega has started producing timepieces which are crafted in accordance with the new type of more rigorous standards and fitted with brand new Co-Axial Master Chronometer movements. The first timekeeper made in this way is called Globemaster and it was premiered at the Baselworld 2015 show. It is made in several versions with different types of movement decorations and with different case materials, as well as dial colors.
As for the aesthetics of the new watch, it is largely inspired with some of the brand’s iconic past models from the Constellation series. One of these elements is certainly its pan-pie type of dial which is obviously named after its distinctive shape. As the dedicated aficionados of the watchmaker probably know, this sort of face was first seen in the model that was initially released in the early 1950s. The variants of the model whose housing is made from gold are coupled with silvery opaline faces. The steel and bi-metallic versions, on the other hand, are paired with a blue dial with sun-burst decorative pattern. Otherwise, the design of the dial is quite simplistic and contains only basic elements such as applied bar-shaped hour markers, three central hands and appropriate inscriptions. There is also a dial aperture on the very bottom of the face, at the six o’clock position.
The other historic trait that is meant to instantly indicate that this is a watch made by Omega is its peculiar fluted bezel which is also the trait of the historic brand’s pieces from the late 1960s. Combining the pan-pie dial and the fluted bezel truly gives the newcomer a hefty dose of the company’s unique id which makes the novelty clearly recognizable as an Omega product. The fixed bezel that is used for the stainless steel iteration of the watch is made from exceptionally hard tungsten metal material.
As pretty and filled with tributes as the appearance of the newcomer might be, Globmaster’s main straight lies in the novel type of movement that it supports. This new sort movement is dubbed Master chronometer. It is from the first batch of new ones that are created in accordance with the newly introduced certification process which the brand has developed together with METAS and which we have previously written about. The process which is implemented by COSC includes tests that check the functioning of the watch and its movement when it is exposed to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss. The behavior of the caliber is also tested when it is in different states of power reserves, placed in six different positions and exposed to two different temperatures which is all devised in order to simulate the daily influences that the movement is usually subjected to. If the movement after all these influences still shows the time with the margin of error within 5 seconds per day, it is attributed with the certification that calls it Master Chronometer.
Otherwise, the movement is a self-winding type and it is supplied with the brand’s famed co-axial type of escapement which is known for its improved features. Namely, these are punctuality, stability and resilience. It also includes a free-spung balance made with the balance spring out of silicon. The self-winding mechanism of the movement includes twin barrels that are set in series which are wound in both directions which greatly improves the efficiency of the winding. By the way, the power reserve lasts for 60 hours. In order to guarantee shock resistance of the movement, the watch is fitted with NIVACHOC technology.
Even though the golden versions and the steel and bi-metallic ones look the same when observed from the front, as well as support the same functions, they are supplied with different specific type of caliber. The discrepancy between them is not functional, but purely decorative. As it could be expected, the purely golden versions (which are by the way, made in either 18 K Sedna gold or 18 K yellow gold) feature more advanced levels of ornaments. They are fitted with Caliber Omega 8901 that features its exposed rotor and balance bridge made in Sedna gold and further embellished with the arabesque-styled Geneva stripes. Caliber 8900 also includes luxury finishes and the mentioned type of the Geneva waves, but lacks parts that are made from the brand’s proprietary type of gold alloy.
As for the dimensions of Globemaster, they are in accordance with its retro inspired looks and its lack of additional features. The newcomer that saw the light of day at the last edition of the Baselworld fair is placed inside a round housing which features the diameter of 39 mm. Both sides of the housing are guarded with curved sapphire crystals. The one on the front features a double glare-proof treatment for better legibility. The attachment of choice is leather strap, while some of the variants can be also paired with a metal bracelet. So far, the brand has only previewed the Sedna gold version with silver dial and the steel version with the blue face. Other versions will be seen a bit later, while all of the versions will be available for sale in November.