By Harlan Chapman-Green
You may very well remember that last year I covered the press release of the new Omega Globemaster at BaselWorld 2015. Well, following many high profile press events around the place and big posters in the Authorised Dealers and boutiques it wouldn’t take a genius to work out that the Globemaster is coming to the market now, almost a year after its announcement. However, Omega already has its next Globemaster piece all planned out and is finally ready to show us.
I must say I’m very pleased to see them in keeping with the Pie Pan dial on the Globemaster, in case you were unaware the Pie Pan dial style is the one where the dial drops away at the edges like a pie tin. Back when the Constellation was THE watch of choice for the true gentleman, the Pie Pan dial Constellation gave a different look to the watch, it was a look that resonated as Pie Pan Constellations can demand high prices today depending on their condition, the originality of the dial and whatnot.
Following on from the Pie Pan influence and the apparent dress nature of the watch, it’s great to see that Omega has not jumped straight to a chronograph movement as a follow up to this watch, but instead opted for a chic 4th central hand. It’s a similar look to the GMT which I wouldn’t be surprised if Omega offered at some point, however, they have also written each month in the segments of the Pie Pan in a lovely blue font with their gorgeous victorian handwriting inspired Globemaster font.
Just like the standard Globemaster, the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar watch comes with a METAS certified chronometer. While the testing still happens at the COSC facility, Omega’s partnership with METAS ensures even greater levels of precision as well as long term accuracy. It’ll also still have that lovely finishing on that we have come to love Omega for, seriously, Rolex and Breitling can learn a thing or two from Omega’s ability to make all their current movements look pretty suave. It’ll also stand up to 15,000 Gauss, just like their other movements, this is thanks not to iron shielding inside the case but through the use of non-ferromagnetic materials in the movement itself. Just like all annual calendars, the Globemaster Annual Calendar will need to be adjusted according to the leap years as they come, apart from that it knows when all the other months end.
The watch is currently only seen in steel with a blue leather strap (not that I’m arguing, I think it looks great) and can be seen in steel only at the moment. Although I think Sedna gold would be nice here it’s not really necessary, the steel looks excellent and will help to keep the costs down at 7,800 CHF in total. For more info, please visit omegawatches.com
HARLAN CHAPMAN-GREEN – MANAGING EDITOR
A keen bass guitar player, Harlan enjoys all the perks modern watchmaking technologies the industry has to offer. Although you might catch him sampling Omegas or the “odd” Rolex, Harlan loves all things Haute Horology, with his three favourite brands being Breguet, A.Lange & Söhne and Vacheron Constantin. He hopes to study timekeeping more in depth someday and will never be able to thank his father enough for introducing him to the industry. You can follow him on Instagram Read his articles here