With a name like Con­stel­la­tion, it’s only fit­ting that the stars came out to cel­e­brate the launch of the Man­hat­tan time­piece, joins the iconic ladies in Shang­hai

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OMEGA’S CON­STEL­LA­TION TIME­PIECE has been a sta­ple of the watch world since its de­but in 1952. Decades passed and the watch un­der­went mul­ti­ple facelifts, even­tu­ally adorn­ing the wrist of Cindy Craw­ford 20 years ago and earn­ing it­self the nick­name “Cindy's Watch”. Flash for­ward 66 years a clear night in Shang­hai, where the stars align for the launch of the new Con­stel­la­tion Man­hat­tan time­piece.

Cindy Craw­ford, Nicole Kid­man, Alessan­dra Am­bro­sio and Liu Shishi, dressed head to toe in scar­let, stepped out of the shad­ows of a back­lit stage in Shang­hai as smoke emerged from the glit­tery floor. I got goose bumps at the sight of these four stars, who wholly em­bod­ied what the Omega brand was all about – each rep­re­sent­ing the beauty, so­phis­ti­ca­tion and ex­cel­lence that the iconic watch stands for. Join­ing them on stage for this dra­matic re­veal was Ray­nald Aeschli­mann, pres­i­dent and CEO of Omega, who an­nounced their en­trance: “The Con­stel­la­tion has al­ways been ad­mired by women all around the world. No mat­ter the coun­try, it has ap­pealed to ladies of all back­grounds and styles. To cel­e­brate that spirit, we've been lucky to have not one, but four of our clos­est friends here to­gether. Hav­ing Nicole, Cindy, Shishi and Alessan­dra at one sin­gle event shows how much love there is for the Con­stel­la­tion.”

The venue was paved over in white and gold, with square beams of all heights emerg­ing from the floor to sim­u­late the sky­line of Man­hat­tan. Vari­ants of the Con­stal­la­tion Man­hat­tan were dot­ted through­out the sprawl­ing space, with the stand­out be­ing the jew­ellery watch with a 28mm case crafted in 18K Sedna gold, fea­tur­ing bezels fea­tur­ing sub­tle Ro­man nu­mer­als that are high­lighted by 154 snow­pavéd di­a­monds and iri­des­cent di­als made from Aus­tralian white opal, and adorned with 12 baguette-cut ruby in­dexes with tri­an­gu­lar facets are in­spired by the façade of the Free­dom Tower in Man­hat­tan. The most out­stand­ing part of the de­sign, in my opin­ion, is the bracelet. The di­a­monds set in the bracelet with clever claw place­ment to cre­ate a cas­cade of shoot­ing stars make this piece one of a kind – and a first for Omega.

But enough about the gleam­ing watch and the state of star­ri­ness it left in my eyes in. The real stars of the night are the four ex­cep­tional women, three of whom I had the hon­our to meet with and dis­cuss what time, life and as­pi­ra­tion meant to them.

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