Omega’s undisputed headliner at last year’s Baselworld was the Globemaster, a three-handed watch heavily influenced in its design by the brand’s historical Constellation models and containing its first Master Chronometer movement, Caliber 8900. This year, Omega adds the first complication to the Globemaster line, the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar.
The case of the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar is larger than that of its predecessor — 41 mm in diameter compared to 39 mm — which makes the “reverse pie-pan” dial design, a stylistic nod to those historic Constellation watches, even more prominent. Made of stainless steel, the case has a polished, fluted bezel made of scratch-proof tungsten carbide.
With the dial, Omega introduces an all-new, lustrous gray color with a sunburst finish and numerous blue highlights. The polished hour and minute hands are blued, faceted, and also coated with Super-LumiNova for legibility in low light. Blue is also used for the elegant, cursive text of the 12 month indications, positioned between the hour indices. A center-mounted, varnished blue hand points to the current month and jumps instantaneously when the month changes.
The blue elements also include the polished central seconds hand, the applied Omega logo and Constellation star, and the writing on the dial, in addition to the blue leather strap with its stainless steel foldover clasp.
The new movement, which powers the timekeeping functions as well as the annual calendar indications (including the date in a window at 6 o’clock), is Omega Co-Axial Master Chronometer Caliber 8922, an evolution of the base Caliber 8900. Like all of the brand’s Master Chronometer movements, it meets both the official chronometer standards of the Swiss testing agency COSC as well as the criteria set forth by Omega’s own METAS certification, which include, among other standards, a high level of accuracy after exposure to magnetic fields 15,000 gauss.