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Omega Globemaster- The world’s first master chronometer

connoisseur December 23, 2015 0
Omega Globemaster- The world’s first master chronometer

The Globemaster, created in the true spirit of Omega, houses the brand’s most advanced mechanical movement and features a design inspired by early Constellation models that represent horological expertise and the brand’s legacy of precision and outstanding performance. Each watch is certified through a series of independent tests – a revolutionary process that establishes a new quality standard in the watch industry.

Omega’s history influenced the Globemaster’s caseback, where a medallion has been stamped with an image of an observatory, representing the precision awards that the watchmaker received during the famous chronometer observatory trials.

Eight stars in the sky above the observatory symbolize the most important precision records that Omega set and, reflecting how the brand’s commitment to quality has endured, the stars also signify the eight METAS-certified criteria that a timepiece and its movement must pass in order to receive Master Chronometer status. Two design features that define the Globemaster are also its dial, which is created in a style that watch collectors have long referred to as a pie-pan dial, and the “fluted” bezel, an element that has decorated several famous Constellation watches.

Omega held a press conference together with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) in December 2014,  to announce a new watch certification process that would become active in 2015. The Globemaster is the first watch to be tested and approved according to this new process, which, in addition to measuring the performance of the watch in daily wearing conditions, ensures that it functions properly when exposed to strong magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss.

Available in a wide range of materials including 18K Sedna gold, 18K yellow gold and stainless steel, the Globemaster will forever be recognised as the first Master Chronometer. The 39 mm timepiece features the iconic pie-pan dial made famous by the Constellation models in 1952. The central hour, minute and seconds hands match the indexes, all of which are coated in Super-LumiNova – as are the hour and minute hands. There is also a date indication at 6 o’clock on the dial. Surrounding the dial is a fluted bezel whose top ridges are smoothed, giving the Globemaster a unique look that ensures it will remain immediately identifiable for generations to come. The bezel on the stainless steel models are made of tungsten carbide which is a  hard metal.