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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