Very much the fashion watch in the GOOD sense of the word, the Constellation is the perfect mix of utilitarian function and cocktail elegance
Omega, the last letter of the Greek alphabet, symbolising accomplishment and perfection, sums up the qualities of this world leading watch brand. Last year marked the 60th anniversary of OMEGA’s Constellation collection, originally created for those “who want the finest watch that man can make”. Well, they may be made by men, but here the latest version for the fairer sex takes centre stage.
At first glance
Known in astronomical circles for the ‘Moon Watch’, OMEGA has chosen to reach for the stars with its latest ladies Constellation. Very much the fashion watch in the GOOD sense of the word, the Constellation is the perfect mix of utilitarian function and cocktail elegance.
Up close and personal
Available in two versions – a 24mm quartz and the more mechanically interesting 27mm automatic – the OMEGA Constellation Star has a serious message, with proceeds from the sale of each piece being donated to ORBIS International’s Flying Eye Hospital, which delivers medical aid in over 90 countries. So when treating yourself (or someone else) to this watch, you can banish the guilt and actually feel rather good about yourself.
The solid little brushed steel case is pure and simple – any more detail would detract rather than add. While the diamond-set bezel, interrupted only by the Constellation’s signature griffes (introduced in 1982 to hold the sapphire crystal in place) on the side of the case, provides just the right amount of sparkle to make the piece feel feminine without being blingy.
The deep blue sunburst dial features a scattering of 18ct white-gold stars, which are applied rather than painted or transferred, adding to the luxurious feel of the piece. Interestingly there are 11 stars, which appear to represent the indexes 1-11, although, as is the wont of celestial bodies, they have grouped and migrated around the dial, leaving just the OMEGA logo in its rightful place at 12 o’clock.
Now for the science bit… If you know your watches, then you’ll know about watchmaking’s recent preference for silicon parts over more traditional materials. Silicon is light, resistant to magnetic fields, less prone to deformation, more shock resistant and, most importantly, requires little lubrication, making it a joy to work with in horological fields. And the Constellation Star takes full advantage of this by introducing a silicon balance spring into its Co-axial calibre 8520 movement resulting in a tougher and more stable timepiece. And if you are one for showing off your latest high-tech advancement, check it out for yourself through the watch’s sapphire caseback!
On the wrist
Although the watch has a little sister in the form of the 24mm version, for me the 27mm-diameter is perfectly sized to take on the bold bracelet and, as long as you don’t mind re-setting the date and time when you haven’t worn the watch for a day or two (I, most definitely, do not mind) then mechanical intrigue trumps quartz reliability every time.
The stainless steel bracelet feels solid without being chunky and gives this very contemporary timepiece a definite retro flavour – think 1970s St Tropez when the men in the know have swapped their dress watches for the avant-garde Royal Oaks and Nautiluses just emerging. And the Constellation is comfortable to the point of not being there. Unlike the big metal bracelets of days gone by, this one is made for a smaller female wrist and fits snugly without pinching or gaping.
Even if, like me, you prefer your watches a little bigger and, in the main, stone-free, the perfect proportions of the Constellation will seduce you. The sporty look combined with the elegant design and fabulous fit are sure to have even the biggest diamond-phobes star gazing in no time.
- Sun-brushed blue dial with applied dial details
- Just the right amount of bling
- The Co-axial calibre 852 with Si14 balance spring allows OMEGA to offer a four-year warranty
- You know you are doing some good through the ORBIS donation
- A lack of indexes and numerals means you have to work at telling time – although the logo at 12 o’clock and date at 3 do help
Available from: Omega
|Watch Movement:||Caliber 8520 Co-Axial Escapement Movement|
|Functions:||Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
|Case material:||Brushed Stainless Steel Case|
|Strap type:||Brushed Stainless Bracelet|
|Manufacturer warranty:||3 years|