This latest Omega Constellation launched at Basel 2010 is a Constellation Double Eagle Co-Axial with four counters staggered across the centre of the dial, a flow-on design from the Beijing Olympics Speedmaster that featured a similar but first-time-ever five counter configuration.
The Speedmaster counters – entwined Olympic rings - were in tribute to the Olympic tradition and contributed to a truly stunning piece of dial design. So, once having pushed the envelope, it was always a possibility that Omega designers would return to this idea and modify it for inclusion in other Piguet—based calibre 3xxx lines……
But a Constellation???…And using an aggressive black, red and silver livery more suited to the wrist of a Hell’s Angel’s sergeant-at-arms than snuggling the delicate and refined styloideus ulnae of a fully paid up member of the Beverly Hills Country Club????
Contrary to the opinions of some, many Omega aficionados enjoy the more ‘edgy’ styling of the Double Eagle family- even the chequered dial when framed in a gold case - but the question needs to be asked, couldn’t Omega designers have found a better home for this ‘look’ than the Double Eagle? Perhaps as a new signature piece in the Speedmaster range?
For some time now, Omega has aligned some of the Constellation family with the game of golf, particularly competition golf, hence the Double Eagle appellation. We’re not talking public golf courses here, but the kind of golf courses that offer membership to those who can actually afford the price of one of these watches, and that’s where this Double Eagle appears to fail the positioning test. It’s sporty for sure, but ‘golfy’, country clubby, neo-patrician and ‘let’s go for cruise in the Bentley’, it ain’t.
This new Double Eage four-counters is powered by the co-Axial calibre 3890, is a COSC-certified chronometer and has integrated black rubber strap with a satin-brushed stainless steel foldover clasp.
The dial offers eighteen carat white gold faceted hour markers, faceted and truncated Dauphine hands, and applied OMEGA symbol and name. Above the four counter configuration is a window revealing the day of the week. A date window at 6 o’clock completes the dial, which is protected by a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides.
The screw-in transparent sapphire crystal case back gives you an eyeful of the well-finished movement and the case is equipped with a black aluminium bezel with silver Arabic numerals that is more at home on a diving watch than on the back nine. This is divided by the signature Constellation ‘claws’.
The Constellation Double Eagle Four-Counters was meant to express a distinctive flair. Distinctive the dial is, but miscast in the Constellation range.
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