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Omega Updates Constellation Gents’ Collection With New Fifth-Generation Styles

Omega Updates Constellation Gents’ Collection With New Fifth-Generation Styles Watch Releases

While it may not be the marque’s highest-profile model line, the Constellation series is one of Omega’s most enduring nameplates as part of the collection since 1952. The design-focused model line has always been a showcase for Omega’s chronometer movements, but the most enduring change came in 1982 when the brand introduced a distinctive, streamlined new design that has remained the Constellation’s signature look ever since. For 2020, the Omega Constellation Gents’ Collection introduces the fifth generation of this style, substantially refreshing the entire model line as it enters a new decade.

Omega Updates Constellation Gents’ Collection With New Fifth-Generation Styles Watch Releases

There are 26 new models, all sharing the same elegant case geometry. Most models are sized at a contemporary 39mm, while a few 36mm versions are also available. While different models interpret the look in stainless steel, 18k yellow gold, Omega’s own 18k Sedna rose gold, and two-tone combinations, the basic style remains the same. Major changes from the previous generation include a new polished bevel along the length of the case for added light play, along with additional polished bevels along the edges of the four signature “claws” at 3 o’clock and 9 o’clock. These claws have also been extensively reshaped, slimmed down to flow more smoothly down the side of the main case. The signature Constellation bezel with its etched Roman numerals has also been slimmed down and narrowed for a more streamlined profile, while the numerals themselves are redesigned in a cleaner font. All models are now also equipped with a display caseback.

Omega Updates Constellation Gents’ Collection With New Fifth-Generation Styles Watch Releases

The dial of the fifth generation Contellaiton Gents’ Collection comes in a wide variety of colors and finishes, but all versions receive a similar treatment to the womens’ Constellation series update in 2018. The most obvious changes show through in the hands, which are now a clean and classical alpha shape, along with newly profiled applied indices with a triangular bevel inspired by the Freedom Tower in New York City.

Omega Updates Constellation Gents’ Collection With New Fifth-Generation Styles Watch Releases

All models in the Constellation Gent’s Collection have now been upgraded to METAS-certified Master Chronometer status, as well, courtesy of the in-house caliber 8800 automatic movement. Featuring Omega’s unique co-axial escapement system, the caliber 8800 offers over 15,000 gauss of magnetic resistance in addition to 55 hours of power reserve. Both the movement plates and rotor are decorated with Omega’s twisting Côtes de Genève.

Omega Updates Constellation Gents’ Collection With New Fifth-Generation Styles Watch Releases

Depending on the model, these new Constellations are offered on either a tapering crocodile leather strap in a variety of colors or a newly redesigned semi-integrated bracelet. The distinctive center links of this bracelet have been re-profiled, while the edges of the larger links have been given polished bevels for a more refined look.

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Omega Updates Constellation Gents’ Collection With New Fifth-Generation Styles Watch Releases

This new array of Constellation models is a major step forward for one of Omega’s most elegant and longest running lines. Pricing for the new models begins at $5,850. All 26 models are available now from Omega authorized dealers. For more information, please visit the brand’s website.

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  • I’m sorry but this really looks like a ladies’ watch. I don’t mind quirky but this doesn’t work as a “gents” watch.

    • SPQR

      Objectively you are correct. The Constellation Manhattan is a scaled up version of the Ladies collection from 2018. There are a few changes such as lume filled alpha hands instead of skeleton alpha hands, slightly more angular hour markers and a beefier crown. However do not forget that every Rolex ladies watch is simply a scaled down men’s watch usually with a diamond or two and a pink/cream/light blue or other perceived “feminine” coloured dial. In this case having tried on several versions of the Constellation Manhattan it wears very well, is quite slim (or “less tall”) than other Omega watches and if you are not afraid of a slightly “delicate” look it is a great watch for a man or a woman. Personally I prefer it in steel on a bracelet with the black dial or the silver dial. Having said that the horizontally brushed grey dial with blued hands and indexes is also great on a leather strap. Quirky and classic at the same time.

    • Independent_George

      Very popular as his and hers engagement/marriage watches.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I see where you’re coming from.

  • Ugo

    honestly, at that price the 39 mm steel with sunray black dial is a very solid offer and will definitely be part of my fellowship soon…

  • Thomas

    Eh.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Do you think the triangular bevel indices were inspired by the Freedom Tower in New York City or more likely did someone say after development…
    ” Do you know what they look like? “

    • Joe

      I don’t have anything against the Freedom Tower but if it is the case then I actually find it slightly off-putting.

      Why not Big Ben or The Shard or The Eiffel Tower or the Burj Khalifa?
      I wouldn’t feel that way if it was a limited edition to commemorate either the start or completion of the Freedom Tower (or something similar) but to hear that they were inspired by it needs further explanation in order to win me over.

      Also Omega seem to have crystal case backs on almost all of their line now.
      While I like seeing movements, they’re not particularly appealing to look at. I’m not picking on Omega – I feel similarly about most watches with “factory finishing” or with little in the way of decoration.

      In order to make some lines “special”, I think they could provide some movements with finer finishing (or something along those lines) to give those chosen lines a unique selling point.

      Then I’m thinking “what about Rolex?”. I’m not a Rolex fanboy but I do appreciate their consistency/approach: “There’s nothing to see here, please move on!”. That would work too.

    • Joe

      Ok now I get the relationship to New York but overall the basis of the watch doesn’t really make much sense to me.

      https://www.timepiecechronicle.com/features/2016/10/1/a-brief-history-of-the-omega-constellation

      Named after the Constellation (Aircraft) of a parent company headquartered in California. Then received an additional “Manhattan” in its naming later in the ’80’s.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        It means absolutely nothing, it just sounds nice.

      • Paul

        I don’t think it was named after the Constellation aircraft at all – the article you linked to seems lacking in real facts. The Constellation name was coined to reflect Omega’s many successes in the European observatory trials – hence the engraved observatory and star on the caseback. The watch could not originally be sold as the Constellation in the US because the operators of the aircraft blocked it on trademark grounds. Early American watches were therefore called Globemasters. There’s a far better researched paper by Desmond Guilfoyle here: http://users.tpg.com.au/mondodec//Globemasterpost.pdf

        As an aside I have a 1952 solid gold ref 2648 which looks similar to the one on P9 of Desmond’s paper. It’s my birth-year watch,

        • Joe

          Hi Paul,

          Thank you 🙂

          It’s not always easy to separate fact from fiction when relying on sources.
          I was curious to understand the background (there seemed to be nothing mentioned on Omega’s site)!

          And just to add, the watch on p9 is very nice!

  • Piero

    Not a fan, the look is too outdated and too similar to a ladies’ watch.

  • Steve_Macklevore

    Post 1982 Constellations always make me think of shows like “Miami Vice.”

    But to be fair, this redesign has improved matters somewhat.

  • Dakota Dennison

    They should have brought back the Cosmic Triple Calendar instead of bring back 1982. Reminds me of the ML Aikon or vise versa.

  • WINKS

    Too smooth and effeminate a design in today’s world.

  • João Santos

    I prefer the Globemaster. I hate the Roman-numbered bezel and it was better if the hour markers on the dial were coated with SuperLuminova.

  • LapYoda

    Nice update. I liked the previous generation as well, far more than previous Constellations except for the classic pie-pan dial versions. Considering how many companies are now coming up with their own takes on integrated bracelet watches, Omega seems to have stayed the course on this for decades now while modernizing the overall aesthetic and improving the detailing. The Mrs. wants one, and I wouldn’t mind a His/Hers pairing if we had the money to spend.

  • Ariel Adams

    They changed it around a few times. It isn’t identical to what they purchased from George Daniels.

    • Geoff

      Thanks.

  • Playboy Johnny – Team Mariu$

    Nice looking. I would happily wear the Sedna model. It would keep my Sedna Speedy company.

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