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Here’s how the OMEGA Constellation models have grown over the years

OMEGA Constellation series

OMEGA Constellation is one of the watch manufacturer’s most popular and distinct timepieces – a stunning combination of power and beauty. Here’s a look at how this line has evolved since it first saw the light of day in the early 1950’s.

1952

OMEGA Constellation

The first bearer of OMEGA’s torch of industrializing precision – the very first Constellation model of 1952 – was powered by OMEGA´s chronometer-rated automatic calibre 351 and introduced the first of many features that would become legendary: the twelve-sided raised dial that was subsequently referred to as “pie pan”, the facetted massive triangular hour markers, a solid star riveted at 6 o´clock, the dauphine-shaped hands, the cross-hair decoration on the dial, the polygonal crown and the now legendary observatory-medallion on the caseback.

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1953

OMEGA Constellation

Driving the already-famous design to new heights, 1953 saw the introduction of the Constellation Grand Luxe: the 12-sided “Pie Pan” dial was made of 18K solid gold and was finely striated to accentuate the finesse of its manufacture. The 18K gold case included beautifully-shaped hooded lugs that integrated with the unique Reinhor brick bracelet with a semi-flexible folding clasp. Powered by the chronometer-rated automatic calibre 354, this model gave new a new meaning to the words luxury, beauty and precision.

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1957

OMEGA Constellation

Following the same path, 1957 saw the introduction of the Constellation DeLuxe. Assuring its certified precision was the rotor-wound automatic calibre 501, this model boasted yet another incarnation of the famous solid 18K gold “Pie Pan” dial, this time with highly polished bevels. Introducing a remarkably modern bracelet in solid 18K gold with flat links and a folding clasp reminiscent of later designs, this model was not only ahead of its time; it was also a remarkable success that confirmed the role of the Constellation within OMEGA´s collection for the decades to come.

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1961

OMEGA Constellation - 4

Encasing a member of OMEGA´s next generation of chronometer-rated automatic calibres, the 561, the 1961 rebirth of the Constellation Grand Luxe, continued with the introduction of the date-calendar within the line. A new rounded solid 18K gold dial accentuated the change and the addition of the framed date-window at 3 o´clock. The model´s luxurious design was further enriched by the newly conceived solid hour markers with unique Onyx inlays.

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1964

OMEGA Constellation 1964

The next step in the line´s evolution premiered in 1964 with the introduction of the Constellation “C”. The newly designed oval-shaped case provided beautiful protection to OMEGA´s chronometer-rated automatic calibre 564, a guilloche silvered dial with fine baton-shaped solid gold hour markers with Onyx inlays and black baton hands. Deriving from designs made for OMEGA by Gerald Genta, the Constellation “C” model defined precision and beauty for more than a decade.

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1972

OMEGA Constellation 1972

Following its pioneering spirit and keen to develop a watch that was even more precise, it was only logical the OMEGA chose the Constellation line to premiere its next technological milestone: the Megaquartz 2400. Debuting in 1972, exactly 20 years after the first Constellation model saw the light of day, it had a rectangular dial made of aventurine glass. This adventurous model was powered by the newly developed extremely high-frequency quartz calibre 1510 that featured a quartz crystal that oscillated at incredible 2.4 million times per second. Its proven accuracy of less than +/-1 second per month helped OMEGA to gain yet another important milestone: a derivative of this model became the world’s first wristwatch to be ever certified as a “marine chronometer” – and incredible achievement that has not been surpassed even today.

1982

OMEGA Constellation  1982

Representing one of the most important facelifts (or “redesigns”) in OMEGA’s storied path, the Constellation “Manhattan” was launched in 1982, exactly 30 years after the original Constellation model’s premiere in 1952. By now legendary, it was with the “Manhattan” that the world first saw the Constellation’s new signature-feature: a set of aesthetically and technologically advanced system of four claws that graced the new model and have been a Constellation-reference ever since. Originally they were part of the novel case design and were used to hold the watch crystal in place, helping to ensure this model’s water-resistance. This model introduced another design element that has been connected with the line ever since: two half-moon facets on either side of the case ensured the smooth integration of the bracelet, ensuring a uniform “one-piece” look. An immense success, these features have continued to define the Constellation to this date.

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OMEGA Constellation

Combining OMEGA’s watchmaking prowess with the brand’s social engagement, the Constellation ORBIS offers customers two opportunities to help ORBIS International give the gift of sight. The exquisite timepiece, with its sun-brushed blue dial and applied 18K white gold elements, is equipped with the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8520 and highlights the partnership between OMEGA and the international humanitarian organization. A portion from the profits of each Constellation ORBIS benefits ORBIS International and its efforts to fight preventable blindness around the world.

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2013

OMEGA Constellation 2013

Underscoring OMEGA’s dedication to product innovation and honouring its heritage, the brand introduced the Constellation Sedna in 2013, a sophisticated timepiece crafted from exclusive OMEGA Sedna™ gold and with a design inspired by the first Constellation launched in 1952. The Constellation Sedna features a “pie pan” dial and the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8501. This limited edition timepiece seamlessly blends the appeal of the legendary Constellation family with an innovative material.

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2014

OMEGA Constellation 2014
In 2014 OMEGA unveiled the newest addition to the Constellation collection – the Constellation Pluma, a striking wristwatch which takes its name from the Latin word for feather. The mother-of-pearl dials are engraved with a soft-wavy pattern cast from the iconic claws on the bezel and are graced with diamond indexes in 18K gold holders. Diamonds decorate the bezel of the stainless steel and bicolour models, adding to the watches’ extraordinary aesthetics. At the heart of the Constellation Pluma is the exclusive OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8520.

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How to Manifest Pantone’s 2022 Hue “Very Peri” in your Daily Deals as Listed by Fashion Editor Oj Hofer

Winkling the Blues Away with Veri Peri

by Oj Hofer

Very Peri Pantone 17-3938 is the color of the year 2022. Pantone’s dynamic Periwinkle blue hue with a vivifying red-violet undertone symbolizes “transformative times’, displays carefree confidence, and daring curiosity. Its presence in fashion and accessories encourages inventiveness, creativity and optimism. It is the new happy, neutral color and here’s how to fashionably manifest it in your daily deals.

 

Pantone 17-393 Veri Peri (Periwinkle Blue)

 

Vinca flower of the evergreen Periwinkle shrub.

 

 

VENETIAN BAUBLE. Murano glass bubbles to enhance mental health and optimism. Order online: https://mianivenetianjewelry.com/products/bagolo-blue-and-periwinkle-murano-glass-bracelet

 

PERI-CROWNED. Set an appointment with Margie Zenz at Exposé Salon at Crossroads Mall. Landline 2316550 Mobile 09088852935 www.exposehairsalon.com

 

DUAL DUTY. Wear the Swissgear 3576 as your daily laptop backpack or a vintage doctor-style tote. Order online: https://www.swissgear.com/swissgear-3576-artz-dr-bag-laptop-backpack

 

HOLY FEET. Wear Mandalas on Low-cut sneakers from Zazzle.

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Awesome Online-Exclusive Deals and Free Shipping Await Shoppers at the Newly-Launched Old Navy PH Digital Store

OLD NAVY, NEW HOME

By Danica Ronquillo

Nothing screams “Americana” like Old Navy!

From trendy denims and soft cotton Ts to statement graphics and fleecy pajamas, Old Navy has been the first name in fun, classic fashion staples for the whole family since 1994. Known for high-quality pieces that fit every size, shape, and budget, this heritage brand has found a way to reach even more hangers in the digital age: OldNavy.com.ph.

While no stranger to the digital sphere, OldNavy.com.ph is the brands’s first standalone e-commerce, making Old Navy’s vast array of on trend apparel and accessories available to customers 24/7. The launch of OldNavy.com.ph will not only feature styles that can be found in their brick- and-mortar locations, but also seasonal essentials and online exclusives, like Old Navy’s activewear line.

OldNavy.com.ph customers can enjoy free shipping with a minimum order spend of Php 4000, as well as various deals and e-payment options to ensure everyone can be a part of the Old Navy experience.

Shoppers will still be able to find new arrivals in all Old Navy Philippines stores, including Bonifacio High Street, SM Megamall, and Shangri-La Plaza, as well as in Old Navy’s Viber community.

With this launch, Old Navy Philippines continues to be the pioneer of making comfort, quality, and style accessible to all. There’s something for everyone at Old Navy!

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37 Years of High Fashion; Arcy Gayatin leaves a Legacy of Edginess and Elegance

Arcy Gayatin: A Legacy of Luxury in Fabrication

 

By:  Allain Dumon Fonte 

 

The brand Arcy Gayatin gave the Queen City of the South a distinct reputation in the fashion industry.  The fashion line of Arcy Gayatin sets the bar higher each year for clothing luxury and fabrication techniques.

 

April Duenas, Nikki Gayatin and Arielle Gayatin for Arcy Gayatin—Photos by John Paul Autor from Lifestyle Inquirer.net

 

Araceli “Arcy” Ancajas Gayatin is the daughter Galileo Ancajas and Remedios Zanoria Ancajas who founded Cebu’s home brand, Gal’s Bakery.  Arcy went to the University of San Carlos and studied Political Science.  And just like Dr. Muccia Prada, who completed her Ph.D. in Political Science and established the luxury line of Prada, Arcy also got in touch with her artistic side and started her own fashion line.  However, it was not Prada that influenced Arcy.  Arcy was introduced to fashion and tailoring at a very young age by her mother, Madame Remedios Anacajas whom they dearly call Mama Eme.  Mama Eme was running a tailoring business back then.  It was called Arabel; named after Arcy and her sister Belma.  Ara from Araceli and Bel from Belma.  In those years, Arcy was fascinated by fabrics and was intrigued by how to manipulate the fabrics to come up with fashion-forward designs without compromising comfort and taste.

 

Arcy Gayatin (photo grabbed from Space Philippines Blog Spot)

 

After 37 years of creating haute couture pieces for the most fashionable personalities in the Philippines, Arcy Gayatin is now laying down her sketchpads and pens to rest.  As she enjoys her retirement, may be on a cruise to the Bahamas or a holiday to the Swiss Alps, Arcy Gayatin has left the fashion industry a legacy of elegant and edgy clothing ensembles that understand and define the shape of women; without compromising comfort and good taste.

 

Arcy Gayatin’s Pink Flamingo collection                                               Arcy Gayatin’s Sketch on a Terno

 

To salute the lady who brought Cebu fashion to the world, a retrospective exhibition of Arcy’s incomparable masterpieces can be seen today at Ayala Center Cebu’s The Gallery; curated by fashion editor and writer, Clint Holton Potestas, and interior and fashion designer, Jul Oliva.

 

BALANCE.  Arcy Gayatin is known for her perfect symmetrical lines when fabricating.  She knows how to balance edginess and class; understanding well the strength and the finesse of a woman.

 

RHYTHM.  Arcy’s expertise in draping and fabric manipulation can be seen in how she achieves rhythm between architectural lines and soft fabrics like silk and cashmere.

 

TEXTURE.  With her thorough knowledge on fabrics, Arcy Gayatin has achieved the perfection of fabrication by working on different types of fabrics and creating a single piece of art out of them. 

 

HARMONY.  The simplicity of the silhouette plus the intricacy of the details create a wonderful harmony, making Arcy Gayatin’s design a one-of-a-kind masterpiece.

           

The photos below show an up-close look at the intricacy and the exquisite craftsmanship of Arcy Gayatin’s fabrication techniques:

 

THE SPIDER WEB:  one of Arcy’s genius fabrication techniques.

 

MATCH and PATCH:  Arcy’s unique fabrication craft by patching layers of different types of lace and lace patterns

 

PLEATS: The perfection of symmetry in pleats on silk.

 

LA ROSE BLEUE:  U.P. student, Danielle Alessandra Deutsch, inspired by the artistry of Arcy Gayatin, designed this midnight blue dress.   The cabbage rose made from layers of silk organdy gave this evening ensemble a romantic appeal.

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