Rais­ing the Bar

Bespoke - - EMPEROR 1688 -

At last year’s Basel­world, the new Globe­mas­ter was the big story for Omega. It was a watch that takes a num­ber of de­sign cues from the brand’s Con­stel­la­tion ar­chives and also show­cases their new ‘Mas­ter’ chronome­ter move­ment, which passes a cer­ti­fi­ca­tion more rig­or­ous than COSC, as it must have anti-mag­netic prop­er­ties, as well as ex­cel­lent ac­cu­racy, even af­ter it has been fit­ted in the watch (and not just prior to be­ing cased). This year, Omega showed us the Globe­mas­ter An­nual Cal­en­dar, the col­lec­tion’s first com­pli­ca­tion, which em­ploys an in-house-made cal­iber 8922 au­to­matic co-ax­ial move­ment. Given that the watch’s months’ dis­play has been po­si­tioned around the 12 facets of the trade­mark Globe­mas­ter pie-pan dial, which is a lus­trous grey with a sun­burst fin­ish on this ver­sion, Omega thought it best to in­crease the di­am­e­ter by a cou­ple of mil­lime­ters, to 41mm, so as to help leg­i­bil­ity. The month is then pointed out by a thin blued hand, which in­stantly jumps at the end of ev­ery month. The case re­mains stain­less steel while the pol­ished, fluted bezel is made of scratch-proof tung­sten car­bide. The Globe­mas­ter An­nual Cal­en­dar re­tails for a pretty rea­son­able 8,000 USD.

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