This new version of the Omega Constellation introduces a small seconds subdial, set with four small diamond markers, in the 9 o’clock position, and METAS certification. So this is a mechanical watch for women, resistant to 15,000 gauss magnetic fields, to 100 metres depth in water, with a precision of 0/+5 seconds deviation per day. Though not quite as good as the new Rolex certification (-2/+2), the METAS certification actually certifies 0/+5 secs/day, while in the Rolex certification it seems to be solely indicative. Without doubt, this is a women’s watch that corresponds to contemporary necessities, with powerful magnets all around us (such as the magnetic closures on many handbags), and the joy of being able to go for a swim while keeping your watch on instead of risking it being stolen from your beach bag.
The case is 27 mm in diameter and 12.25 mm thick, in stainless steel with bezel and details in red or yellow gold. The bracelet is made in the same materials. The mother-of-pearl dial is set with 10 diamond hour indices in gold holders. The bezel is set with 32 diamonds, for a total carat weight of 0.55 carats. The Omega logo, Constellation star and date window are in gold, likewise the hands. Hour and minute hands have a SuperLuminova coating.
The movement is the Omega co-axial calibre 8704, which runs at 25,500 vibrations per hour (3.5 Hertz) and has a power reserve of 50 hours. The date window is placed at 6 o’clock, creating an attractive symmetry that is undisturbed by the unobtrusive seconds hand. The movement is decorated with Geneva waves and blackened screws and bridges, and it can be viewed through the sapphire caseback.
Price and reference
The Omega Constellation Small Seconds, reference 127.25.27.20.55.001, costs €10,500. It will be available in boutiques from October 2016.