The Globemaster range by Omega is beginning to expand, from the basic time-only version introduced in 2015. Each watch has Omega’s new METAS certification in which the watch is tested for eight parameters, including resistance to magnetic fields of 15,000 gauss, water resistance of 10 bar/100 metres, and precision. The Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar has the distinctive 41mm case, relatively thick at 14.71 mm, with fluted bezel made with a scratchproof tungsten carbide bezel. The case is in brushed steel with polished bevels. The caseback has a display window in sapphire, with the central observatory medallion. The eight stars around the observatory is a reference to Omega’s historical victories in time trials, and also to the eight METAS parameters.
The dial has the month indications between the hour indices, and the month is indicated by a blue hand. Hour and minute hands, and the hour indices, are coated with SuperLuminova. The pie-pan dial, with facets at the edge, was inspired by the 1952 Constellation watch by Omega, and likewise the star on the dial of this piece. The watch is an annual calendar, and so it keeps track of the different lengths of months, but not of the leap year cycle. Date and month indications change instantaneously.
The movement is the Omega co-axial calibre 8922. It runs at 25,200 vibrations per hour, 3.5 Hertz, and is self-winding. Power reserve is 55 hours, supplied by two mainspring barrels. In the versions of the watch in Sedna gold and platinum, the rotor and balance bridge are in Sedna gold. Movement decoration includes Geneva waves, blackened screws, barrels and balance wheel.
Reference and prices
The watch will arrive in stores in October 2016. The stainless steel version with leather strap, reference 188.8.131.52.06.001, costs €7,900, $8,600. Other versions are in Sedna gold and stainless steel with leather strap ($10,800), Sedna gold with leather strap ($23,700), and platinum limited edition ($53,000). The platinum version is particularly attractive, with burgundy enamel hour indices and burgundy medallion on the caseback. This piece is powered by the calibre 8923, which is similar to the 8922 except that the rotor and balance bridge are in Sedna gold.
Below, the platinum version with burgundy enamel details: