Just recently I wrote about the new Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar (click here). The responses on our social media channels were a bit mixed, especially about the writing on the dial. However, like always, it is something you can only really judge when you saw the watch(es) in the flesh. Today we did. Our first appointment in BaselWorld, on the first day, was with Omega and the entire Fratello Watches team was impressed by the new line-up of Globemaster watches (we will get to the Speedmasters in another article). Omega had over 100 new references and 62 of them have a movement that has the new Master Chronometer certification. We explained all about that in this article.
The new Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar comes in stainless steel, gold and platinum. The platinum version is limited to 52 pieces only and comes with a beautiful burgundy colored leather strap. Inspired by the famous Chesterfield chairs and couches.
As you could read here, in my review on the Sedna gold Globemaster, I am a fan of this new collection. Actually, I am wearing one right now, temporarily that is, but it is a watch that I love for a number of reasons. Perhaps being a Master Chronometer is not my personal reason for loving this watch, but it surely is an important mile stone for Omega. My more personal reason for loving the Globemaster is well described in the aforementioned review, but in short, it reminds me of seeing my grandfather wearing his gold Omega Constellation watch. He wore it for 42 years, every single day from the day he bought it in 1969 until he passed away. The Globemaster in Sedna gold gave me a bit of shivers when I first put it on my wrist, as it make me think of him wearing that gold Constellation. Never did a watch (Omega or other brand) made it so intense and personal for me, somehow.
When Omega introduced their Annual Calendar version of the Globemaster, I was quite hyped about it. Until I took a closer look that is. The writing of the months on the dial wasn’t particularly something I fancied, and I surely wasn’t alone on this. However, as I wrote, you always need to see these things in the flesh first. I remember being put off by the writing on the rehaut on the Sea-Dweller DeepSea as well at first, but in the end it is actually one of the least things that bother me about that watch.
With the new Globemaster Annual Calendar, I have to say that the writing on the dial is not bad at all, certainly not disturbing. Especially on the version I am showing you here, the Globemaster Annual Calendar in platinum, it looks well balanced. Even though it appears to be a bit crowded with all the writing, the Omega logo, the extra hand and the cross on the dial is some, in the flesh it was actually quite a clean looking piece. The cross on the dial is something that you will also find on Constellations from the past, it was a symbol for its chronometer precision.
The caseback of this platinum Globemaster Annual Calendar unveils the caliber 8923 movement. As you probably know, the annual calendar works perfectly every month (going from 30 or 31 to 1) except February. You will need a perpetual calendar for that, in order to sort out out the leap years.
This version comes in platinum and only 52 pieces will be made of them. Price is set at 43.500 Swiss Francs (ex VAT). The Globemaster Annual Calendar comes with 4 years of warranty and the special METAS credit card that you can use to go on-line and check-out all the specific results of your very own watch.
More information on www.omegawatches.com