All that glitters is not necessarily gold. In the case of Hublot it could be Magic Gold, and in the case (or should that be on the case) of Omega, it could be Sedna Gold. Sedna is a name Omega arrived at presumably after a few taxing brainstorming sessions for a new alloy, three times stronger than gold, that blends together three elements: gold, copper and palladium. The result is an attractive looking 18 carat rose gold, which retains a minimum amount of 75% gold. The rich rose gold glow of Sedna gold is derived from the expert introduction of copper in the mix. of Sedna. Te precious metal Palladium is used in order to ensure a lasting reddish sheen to the finished product.
But why did Omega decide on the name Sedna? It’s not a name that immediately comes to mind when considering exotic new names for lustrous gold compounds. The Inuit, the hardy eskimos who inhabit frosty Greenland believe that Sedna is a goddess living at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, hopefully with central heating. Astronomers have also identified what is known as a planetoid, the most distant and reddest in our entire solar system.
To create this special gold, the Swatch Group, who have the financial muscle to be able to afford such things, brought in an A team of some of the best metallurgists and scientists with a shared vision to create an 18 carat rose gold alloy the colour and sheen of which will last a lifetime.
The result was Sedna gold, fully developed and realized in house and patent protected to ensure that this particular precious metal remains an exclusive Omega property
As for the watch itself, the Omega Constellation Sedna Gold, introduced last year at Baselworld, is a classically elegant and sporty watch with all the appealing characteristics of the collection; a case with curved claws, a bezel engraved with tone-in-tone Roman numerals, a golden star applied on the dial, and on the caseback can be found the Constellation Observatory logo. The COSC Certified Omega Constellation Sedna Gold features a stunning looking brushed, polished case with the hallmark Roman numerals on the bezel.
With its wonderful silvered pie pan dial with date window at 3 o’ clock, this sensibly sized 38mm watch conforms to the crisp, clean look of the first Constellation originally introduced by Omega some 62 years ago in 1952. The watch is powered by the Omega Co-Axial calibre 8501, which is visible through the sapphire crystal glass on the caseback. The movement has a co-axial escapement originally developed by Charles Daniels, fror greater precision and stability. Daniels overcame the age old problem of an escapement requiring lubrication. No kidding, in times of old, calves hoof oil was used to lubricate the escapement. Water resistant to 100 metres, the watch comes on a strap of fine brown leather. The watch is water resistant up to 10 bars and 100 meters respectively.
Omega Constellation Sedna Gold was released in a limited edition of just 1,952 pieces, as a tribute of course to the year in which the Constellation was first introduced. The watch is presented in a wooden gift box complete with rose-coloured lining.
If you have your heart set on one, expect to pay something in the region of £13,500 – that’s assuming you can still get your hand on one.
Omega Constellation Sedna Gold – Technical Data
Crystal: Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides
Case: Sedna gold
Water resistance: 10 bar (100 metres / 330 feet)
Case Diameter: 38 mm