One of the most authentic Omega watches, De Ville Hour Vision, deserves to be classified among the brand’s flagship designs. It presents a beautiful combination of a cutting-edge technology and a stylish aesthetic form.
The central part of the Omega De Ville Hour Vision watch is its 360° see-through case that allows a nice view on the most important parts of the mechanism. Along with quite a lot of pleasure that this watch gives to the wearer, its innovative design also has a practical side. It provides an additional light that goes through the sapphire crystal sides and illuminates the rhodium dial, emphasizing beautifully polished curves of the case.
A domed anti-reflective and scratch-resistant sapphire crystal caseback also reveals components of the revolutionary Omega’s mechanism – Co-Axial Caliber 8500/8501 automatic movement. This officially certified chronometer comprises 39 jewels, a free sprung balance and a balance bridge instead of a balance cock. Its great precision, stability and durability are directly related with the brand’s exclusive Co-Axial Escapement. Thanks to the pair of barrels which are mounted in series, the Hour Vision can work 60 hours, even when it is not worn.
Eight Basic Variations
The next part of the Omega Hour Vision that can be marked as a true masterpiece, without any doubt is the dial. It features a grooved rhodium plated hour track that goes around the central part of the watch face, highlighting faceted solid gold hour markers. Minutes and hours hands, as well as the frame on the date window are also crafted in gold. A separate minute track is placed between the outer rim and the rhodium texture.
There are eight basic variations of the Hour Vision timepieces (the Omega Hour Vision Blue and the Hour Vision Co-Axial Skeleton Platinum, both launched as Special Editions, are also a part of the De Ville collection).
Basic models have 41 mm cases, made either with stainless steel or red gold. Steel variations are available with leather straps or steel bracelets – each combination comes with a silver or black dial.
Red gold models match either a brown leather strap or an elegant red gold bracelet. They go with a silver or brown dial. There is a slight difference between the cases of steel and gold Hour Vision watches. Those made of steel are powered by the Caliber 8500, while the gold cases house the Caliber 8501. The only difference between these mechanisms is that the latter has a rotor and a balance bridge crafted in red gold.