Last year, Omega introduced the Globemaster on press day’s eve in BaselWorld (we reported here). The 39mm Globemaster comes in stainless steel, bi-color, (Sedna) gold and platinum and we had the chance to review the 18ct Sedna gold version (click here for my in-depth and somewhat emotional review on the Globemaster). Last October, Omega introduced the first Globemaster that was ready for deliver during their METAS and Master Co-Axial press conference in Bienne (click here for an explanation on METAS and Master Chronometer) and soon after they started to deliver the first Omega Globemaster watches to the boutiques and retailers.
Last Tuesday, March 1st, Omega presented the new Globemaster Annual Calendar during their event in Los Angeles called “An Evening of Mastery” in the presence of Omega ambassador and Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne. Not long after, the new Globemaster Annual Calendar appeared on Omega’s Instagram feed and on their website (press release section). Not only does it have an annual calendar mechanism that only needs adjustment in February (or March, actually), Omega also made it slightly larger, from 39mm to 41mm.
I currently have an Omega Globemaster in stainless steel with blue dial, in 39mm and I don’t feel there is anything wrong with the size. To be honest, I am quite happy with the 39mm and what I wrote in my previous review of the Sedna gold version “Its 39mm case is perfectly sized and actually wears a bit bigger than that.” is still valid. However, I can also understand that some people just love oversized – or big – watches and 41mm is perhaps more appropriate for this category of buyers. The press release talks about the stainless steel Globemaster Annual Calendar but the IG feed from Omega (@omega) clearly shows a (Sedna) gold version of this new model.
Perhaps the biggest change – that also gets most comments on social media – regarding the Omega Globemasteris the new dial. The pie-pan dial has a month indicator to serve the annual calendar complication. An extra central hand indicates the month and the date aperture is still located at 6 o’clock.
Now, I believe that you always need to see a watch in the flesh before you can really comment on it (do people still talk about the Rolex writing on the flange (rehaut) these days?) but as you can see below, the dial has become quite cluttered due to the writing of the months between the hour markers. The extra hand (a few shades lighter blue than the other three hands) that indicates the month perfectly lines up to the ‘step’ of the pie-pan dial, but in combination with all the other blue accents it gets a bit crowded on the otherwise beautiful grey-ish sunburst pie-pan dial.
The movement in this stainless steel version of the Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar is caliber 8922. An in-house developed and manufactured movement that has been certified by METAS and therefore has been labeled as Master Chronometer regarding precision and anti-magnetism.
Although I am a big fan of the Omega Globemaster and love a good complication, I need to see this Globemaster Annual Calendar in the flesh in Basel first as I am not so convinced by all the writing on the dial. In my humble opinion, if Omega would use the same shade of grey for the ‘normal’ 39mm Globemaster watch, they would definitely have a winner. It looks stunning.
What do you think of this new Omega Globemaster Annual Calendar? Leave your thoughts in the comments field below.
More information via Omega on-line.