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Thursday 06 September 2007





OMEGA MISSION HILLS WORLD CUP​


OMEGA celebrates its status as the title sponsor of one of the oldest and most prestigious global golf team events with the launch of the Double Eagle Co-Axial Chronograph “OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup”. The Swiss brand’s commitment to the world of golf has resulted in a 12-year sponsorship of the World Cup of golf to be played at the challenging Mission Hills Golf Club in China. Golf enthusiasts will identify the Double Eagle as that very rare accomplishment requiring a hole to be played in three strokes under par, a feat of similar skill to the superior workmanship encapsulated in this sporty timepiece. Powered by OMEGA’s exclusive Calibre 3313 complete with a Co-Axial escapement, these self-winding Double Eagle Co-Axial Chronographs provide unparalleled performance for sportsmen who understand the value of precision matched with power. The highly tactile aesthetics of these 41mm watches are achieved by contrasting surface finishes, a stunning carbon patterned dial and black rubber coated features making them a perfect ally for outdoor sports.

Available in either 18-carat brushed red gold or titanium with a brushed finish, the case of the Double Eagle Co-Axial Chronograph is a bold combination of classic Constellation features and contemporary design strategies including the incorporation of black rubber. True to its family heritage, these chronographs display the iconic asymmetric “claws” or “griffes” of the Constellation Line that were first introduced in 1982.





On the 18-carat red gold version, the bezel is lacquer-coated, while the crown and pushers are in brushed red gold. Red gold Roman numerals are surrounded by the glossy lacquer of the bezel making a daring design statement and the red gold crown displays the OMEGA logo.





On the titanium model, in keeping with the watch’s sporty appeal and in dramatic contrast to the sleek brushed finish of the case, the bezel, crown and pushers have been coated with black rubber. The bezel features steel Roman numerals and in the same way, the rubber coated crown displays the OMEGA logo, a technical achievement and a world premier.

In both models, the highly original dial, with its black carbon patterned texture is achieved through a PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) treatment and provides a bold backdrop for the 12-hour and 30-minute sub-dials forming an eye-catching figure of eight. A third sub-dial, a discreet small seconds counter is found at 9 o’clock and a date window has been placed between 4 and 5 o’clock.





The hour markers, the OMEGA logo and hallmark Constellation Star have all been facetted and satin brushed for additional depth and dimension. The Dauphine style hands are facetted and also satin brushed, truncated and perfectly visible in the dark thanks to Super-LumiNova inserts. For optimum daytime readings, even in the most compromising light conditions, the gently domed scratch-proof sapphire crystal protecting the dial has been given an anti-reflective treatment on both sides. OMEGA is honoured to sponsor this world-class golfing event and has etched the words “OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup” and the logo on the screw-in case back of both the titanium and red gold models of this special series.

The Double Eagle Co-Axial Chronographs are an eloquent testimonial of OMEGA’s commitment as title sponsor of the “OMEGA Mission Hills World Cup” and of the international golf world represented by OMEGA golf ambassadors Michelle Wie, Ernie Els and Sergio García.






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October 17 2007






The Beijing Olympic Collection


For the 23rd time in its history Omega will be Official Timekeeper to the Olympic Games in 2008. One year ahead of the Opening Ceremony a special collection of watches was unveiled for distribution in China and certain selected Omega stores worldwide.

The Beijing Olympic Collection was launched on 8 August this year with the Constellation limited edition. With its four distinctive claws the Omega Constellation is instantly recognisable and one of the best-selling watches in the world. Its appeal is universal: it has been often spotted on the wrist of Mikhail Gorbachev and its popularity was further reinforced in 1995 when it became “Cindy Crawford’s Choice”. The Constellation has since found favour in cinema and sport through actress Nicole Kidman and golfer Sergio Garcia.

The Constellation launch is the first of six limited edition Omega launches, each timed to coincide with a particular date during the run-up to the Olympic Games. Every watch in each collection will be presented in a special box with certificate and will have the Beijing 2008 official logo stamped on the caseback.

To further reinforce a special relationship with the Olympic Games that dates back to Los Angeles 1932 when Omega first became Official Timekeeper, each model will feature either the five Olympic Rings on the seconds hand or coloured stones representing the colours of the Olympic Rings.

Thus the Constellation Ladies model, with 22.5mm case and white mother-of-pearl dial, features blue and yellow sapphires at 10 and 11 o’clock respectively; at 12 o’clock there is a black diamond; at one o’clock an emerald; and at two o’clock a ruby. The remaining hour markers are set with white diamonds and the watch is available in 18 carat yellow gold, red gold or bi-colour gold and stainless steel.





The Gentleman’s Constellation, with the Olympic Rings on the seconds hand, has a 35.5mm diameter and a sun-brushed finish starting from the applied star. It comes in 18 carat yellow gold, red gold or bi-colour gold and stainless steel and is equipped with an automatic chronometer movement.





Playing on the number eight - the Chinese lucky number as well as the opening date of the Olympic Games (08.08.2008) - the limited production numbers for each model are either 888 or 2008, and the No8 theme is repeated throughout the six product launches. The second launch will mark 288 days to go to the Games, then it will be 188 days, 88 days and eight days. The sixth and final launch will be a limited edition of 88 pieces for each of the 17 days of the Olympic Games.





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Monday 03 December 2007

OMEGA Salutes the Quarter Century Milestone of
THE CONSTELLATION 95
Model Ref - 1160.60.00







OMEGA celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Constellation timepiece launched in 1982; the model that would introduce the novel “griffes” or claws on the bezel that have since become a dominant Constellation family trait. The launch of three splendid dress watches for ladies and gentlemen makes manifest the celebratory mood at OMEGA with their generous sprinkling of diamonds and superior workmanship and movements. Keeping abreast of changing trends, the anniversary watches are crafted in warm 18-carat red gold and feature a contemporary rich brown PVD (Physical Vapour Deposition) dial. Three stellar newcomers that will carry the highly successful and best-selling Constellation line to a brilliant future.

The original Constellation line was first released in 1952. The name chosen for this range and the observatory medallion featured on the caseback were references to OMEGA’s impeccable performance in timekeeping competitions held in European observatories. Here was a self-winding chronometer that offered unprecedented precision coupled with refined styling. Since then, the extensive Constellation family has positioned itself as one of the most successful dress watches in the world. In 1982, designers Carol Didisheim and Pierre-André Aellen introduced the “claws” on the Manhattan model that would become one of the most salient features of Constellation watches.

The soft rounded lines of the Constellation ’95 “25 Years” are classic Constellation and accentuate the watch’s volume and elegant profile. The cases and bracelets have been crafted in luxurious brushed 18-carat red gold, the fashionable metal of choice for this season. Paying homage to its lineage, the 35.5 mm gents’ model carries the distinctive Constellation black Roman numerals on the bezel and the decorative claws. The claws on the ladies’ watch hug a bezel that has been richly paved with diamonds; available in two sizes, the 25.5 mm ladies’ watch sparkles with 38 diamonds on the bezel, the smaller proportioned 22.5 mm model has 30.

Responding to today’s latest fashion tenets, OMEGA’s designers have chosen a contemporary brown surface for the dial. This lustrous, rich dial has been achieved through a PVD treatment. Enhancing the dial, subtle rays of light radiate from the Constellation star plated in red gold and applied just above 6 o’clock. This fascinating shimmering effect that brings the dial to life is the result of sun-brushing. The dial is protected by a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire glass crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside.

For a touch of class, 11 diamond indices on the gentleman’s watch mark the passing hours. A highly visible date window has been applied at 3 o’clock as has the distinctive OMEGA logo just below 12 o’clock, both details plated with red gold in keeping with the case. The Dauphine hour, minute and seconds hands have also been plated in red gold and facetted. Powered by OMEGA’s exclusive and proprietary Calibre 1120, the self-winding gentleman’s watch has an official COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) certification as a chronometer and a power reserve of 44 hours.

The ladies’ version of this anniversary timepiece has been embellished with 12 diamond hour markers and carries an applied OMEGA logo and Constellation star in red gold plate. With facetted and gold plated Dauphine hour and minute hands, this scintillating jewel beats to an exclusive OMEGA Calibre 1456 quartz movement with a battery life of 32 months.

The supple, fully integrated horizontal link bracelet, crafted in brushed 18-carat red gold, fits comfortably on the wrist and is secured by a foldover clasp. The gentleman’s watch is water-resistant to 50 metres and the women’s watch to 30 metres and both have the Observatory medallion stamped on the snapped on caseback.



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QUADRELLA MINI HIGH JEWELLERY



Red Gold Version
The Brightest Star in the Constellation​

OMEGA introduces the brightest new star of the Constellation family with the scintillating Quadrella Mini High Jewellery timepiece. Sprinkled with a lavish dose of 1,724 diamonds beautifully displayed in a unique snow setting, the Quadrella sparkles with a light all of its own. This sumptuous and extremely feminine newcomer, with its warm red gold case and mesmerizing 10.18 carats worth of diamonds, radiates the status of its owner whose love of refinement and artistry are encapsulated in this miniature horological jewel.

Measuring a dainty 25.30 x 19.30, this mini marvel displays hallmark features of OMEGA’s classic Constellation family with central claws or “griffes” and its bracelet with horizontal links that blends harmoniously with the case. Introduced in 2004, the Quadrella range joined the high-end Constellation lineage proposing a curvaceous, “tonneau” or barrel-shaped case, reminiscent of Art Deco styling.

Entirely crafted in polished 18-carat red gold, this new star glistens with a blanket of diamonds in an exclusive and unique snow setting. The snow setting plays on variations of diameter to achieve the effect of snowflakes that generously cover the case, the dial and the bracelet. The diamonds have been set with such skill that the surface of the watch is smooth and soft to the touch. Even the characteristic Constellation claws that hug the case, enlarged for the occasion, have a sprinkling of 15 snow set diamond on each claw. No detail has been overlooked and even the diminutive crown is encircled by the precious stone.

Against this diamond-encrusted canvas, OMEGA’s designers have created a sublime dial with wavy patterns evocative of the sun’s rays or the markers of a sundial. To mark the passing hours, Roman numerals, so distinctive of the Constellation range, have been applied in 18-carat red gold at III, VI, IX and XII o’clock although two of the quarter numerals are slightly smaller in size. The remaining hour markers are represented by 8 diamond indices. The dial features elegant 18-carat red gold “feuille” shaped hour and minute hands that have been diamond polished in keeping with the refined standards of this watch.

The 18-carat red gold horizontal link bracelet is embellished with 1,384 snow set diamonds. The joint bars that separate each link and their sleek polished surface create a pleasing visual contrast in this galaxy of twinkling diamonds.

The dial and precision OMEGA Calibre 1376 quartz movement of the Quadrella are protected by a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Identifying this precious watch, the OMEGA logo and name have been etched on the inside of the sapphire glass.

Like other Quadrella models, the High Jewellery watch has a battery life of 32 months and is water resistant up to 30 metres. True to its Constellation origins, the caseback is engraved with the “Observatory Medallion” that alludes to OMEGA’s ongoing association with astronomy and space discovery and the name of the watch, Quadrella

The workmanship that has gone into making this refined ‘mini’ timepiece is extraordinary and, as befits such a luxurious creation, the Quadrella is available only upon request.



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