We are constantly being bombarded with the latest must-have tech gadgets to suit our fast moving lifestyle, or is it the other way round? Either way, we are living life in the fast lane.
In the compact world of watches, improvements are being made at a steady pace in order to maximise reliability and precision while staying attuned to the global lifestyle trends. Above all, setting new standards in reliability and accuracy is the main goal.
Omega watches is one of the more prolific watch companies that have consistently been at the leading edge of technological development. Since the post-war period of the ’50s, Omega has kept itself alongside and sometimes even ahead of time.
Their technological flare is clear to see, from their famous Moonwatch to their latest antimagnetic technology. In more ways than one, they have been setting the standard. Over the last 50 years, Omega has collected numerous awards for their innovations, and the list is expected to grow in the future. What was once ideal is no longer enough today, and so much more is expected.
To stay on track with the technological hunger of the consumers, Omega has decided to launch a new watch to match the new global lifestyle trends—the aptly named Globemaster. This brand new timepiece is no ordinary watch, it has all the technological advancement of the company incorporated into one watch. Inside and out, this watch has gone beyond all others.
Let us start with the aesthetics of the exterior. The Globemaster is the extension of the Constellation Collection, and the watch is inspired by Omega’s early watches from the ’50s. The name Globemaster is not new; it is a name given to the American market version of Constellation as there was a dispute over trademark.
The current Globemaster is an updated and modernised version, borrowing the “pie-pan” dial of the ’50s (because it looks like the bottom of a pie pan), and instead of the appliqué “arrow-heads” hour indexes of the ’50s, the current Globemaster has appliqué bar indexes instead.
They have moved the minute snails to the flange, and a fluted bezel is added onto the current model instead of the polished bezel used originally. The elegant case and curved lugs of the ’50s have been replaced with a sportier and robust version, a clear demarcation of the nature of the watch, which is meant for more vigorous activities and challenging environments, yet still maintaining the elegance of the original. The “star” on the dial is the only indica-tion of its Constellation heritage.
What lies beneath is a completely different story as the similarities to the past stop here. The calibre here is entirely new, it is made up of a combination of three technologies; the Co-Axial Escapement from the updated version in 2007, Silicon “Si14” which was first launched in 2011; the 15,000 Gauss anti-magnetic technology was launched 2013; and a certification from COSC.
It is with these three components that Omega has sought collaboration with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) to announce a new watch certification that is effective from this year. The COSC certification started in the ’70s, is no longer viewed as sufficient on its own and some major brands have abandoned the certification in favour of their own in-house test and also a separate body of certification.
The new METAS certification raises the levels of testing and is expected be a head above the rest. To warrant the certification the watch will have to go through a much more stringent series of eight different test:
- The movement has to withstand the exposure of magnetic field disturbance up to 15,000 Gauss.
- Deviation of running time of the watch in six positions.
- Deviation of running time of the watch between 0 to 2/3 power reserve.
- How the watch functions during an exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss.
- Deviation of the average daily precision of the watch after exposure to a magnetic field of 15,000 gauss.
- The average daily precision of the watch in tests replicating daily wearing conditions (Six positions and two temperatures).
- The power reserve of the watch.
- Water resistance of the watch.
The watch before certification by METAS will still have to pass the tests by the COSC (Contrôle Offciel Suisse des Chronometres). Only when all these criteria are met will METAS issue their certification. Omega Globemaster is the first watch in the world to bear the new certification, making it one of the most trusted, if not the most trusted watch ever made.
This is certainly an important feather in Omega’s cap and one that will challenge other Swiss watchmakers.
The all new movement Co-Axial Master Chro-nometer Calibre 8913 is an automatic mechanican-ism certified by METAS. It has two barrels with Sedna gold rotor and 60 hours of power reserve. The watch comes with seven different models in monotone and two-tone varieties—stainless steel, yellow gold, Sedna Gold and platinum, and two-tones—yellow gold and steel and Sedna gold and steel cases.
First published in Esquire Singapore's December 2015 issue.