Omega Constellation Gents: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Melissa Kong
Omega’s stellar new Constellation.
One of Omega’s most iconic collections, the Constellation is the brand’s answer to an impeccable dress watch with top-rated accuracy. Unveiled in 1952, it was positioned as a chronometer showcasing Omega’s advanced capabilities in timekeeping precision, inspired by the chronometer-certified Centenary from 1948 (named for Omega’s 100th anniversary).
Omega aficionados will know the Constellation debuted with a ‘pie pan’ dial that’s come to be one of the most beloved features of now-vintage models. If you’re a fan of the ‘pie pan’, as we are, you can find it today in the brand’s Globemaster collection (see last year’s model here), which debuted in 2015—the same year Omega rolled out its METAS-certified Master Chronometer certification.
Over the years, the Constellation has taken on many forms, including angular cases that look nothing like the modern iteration of the collection. Incidentally, the Constellation we recognise today takes its cues from the 1982 models that marked the turning point of the collection’s design with the signature four claws on the bezel, mono-link bracelet and ‘half-moon’ faceted edges on the top and bottom of the barrel-shaped case.
Omega's new Constellation Gents model
To say this year’s new Constellation Gent collection was a long time coming is probably an understatement. The last time we saw a Constellation for men was over a decade ago, with the Constellation ’09 in 2009. Suitably, the new collection and fifth-gen series comes in an array of 26 models, all upgraded with more refinement and sophistication. Of note are the metal bracelets are equipped with new mid-bar links and a comfort-release function.
At 39mm, this would make the new collection the largest Constellation models in Omega’s stable. But since the Constellation is a dress collection, it would make sense to keep the watches under 40mm, so we think (and hope!) this should be the biggest it would ever get. Any bigger and you’d head into sports watch category with the Speedys and Seamasters.
Powering the watch is Omega’s ultra-reliable Calibre 8800 (or Calibre 8801, with Sedna gold components), the Co-Axial Master Chronometer that drives a myriad of the brand’s timepieces. Anti-magnetic up to 15,000 gauss, the self-winding movement offers 55 hours of power reserve and, like all Omega watches purchased on or after 1 July 2018, is covered under a five-year warranty.
As with most of Omega’s collections, the Constellation Gents is available in a combination of colours and materials, with options in steel, yellow gold, and the brand’s proprietary Sedna gold. We’re partial to the blue dial with a textured pattern, complemented with a Sedna gold case and matching blue leather strap. If you’re after something a little more understated, the steel on steel look is just as stylish although, for a monotone look, we’d go with the steel model on a grey leather strap.
The collection starts at S$8,100 and is available now at all Omega boutiques.
|39mm steel, yellow gold or Sedna gold|
|Black, grey, blue, brown, yellow, white or silver|
Self-winding METAS-certified Co-Axial Calibre 8800 or 8801 (Sedna gold)
|Steel, yellow or Sedna gold bracelet, or leather strap|
|Hours, minutes, seconds, date|
From S$8,100 to S$43,950
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".