Last year in 2015 we saw Omega bust out the Globemaster collection with its new Master Chronometer movement, caliber 8900. Now for Baselworld 2016 Omega returns to the Globemaster line with some nuances. For starters, it was nice to see Omega avoid the cliché of making its first complication on their new in-house METAS approved movements a chronograph. Instead opting for an annual calendar and a 4th central hand to point out the current month. Let’s take a closer look at the new “Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar”.
The now 41mm (previous editions were 39mm) provides a bigger canvas to exhibit the “Pie Pan” dial, an already renowned feature of the Globemaster series, which got this designation due to the dial dropping away at the edges like a pie tin. The dial also showcases a new radiant shade of grey and reintroduces a classic cross design, normally associated with Constellation models. The 41mm case is made of stainless steel and its polished fluted bezel was made with scratch-proof tungsten carbide. It has double sapphire crystals on both sides with anti-reflective coating on the front side. The casing on this timepiece renders it water-resistant up to 100 meters (330 feet).
The silver grey sunburst color dial with blue accents features the 12 months of the years written in cursive handwriting, between the twelve index markers circling the dial and has the current month pointed out by the shorter blue hand. There is a date aperture in the 6 o’clock position. The index markers, hour and minute hands have Superluminova applied for an enhanced legibility.
The extra hand added to indicate the current month is a few shades lighter blue than the other three hands and it jumps instantaneously when the month changes. There are more blue highlights, such as the: Omega logo and the Constellation star, which can be seen slightly over the date aperture, aligned to the center above the 6 o’clock position.
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The “Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar” (Ref#: 188.8.131.52.06.001) is powered by a self-winding in-house mechanical movement, caliber 8922, with 25,200 vph. This movement is METAS certified, labeled as a Master Chronometer and can resist a 15000 Gauss magnetic field, due to the use of non-ferromagnetic materials. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 60 hours. Mounted to the watch is a blue alligator strap with a stainless steel deployment buckle.
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