Among its newcomers at the Baselworld 2014, Omega had a very notable watch which combines the aesthetics of the past with the modern technological solutions, the combination we often see these days. The new timekeeper is named and modeled after a vintage model from the 1940s and presented in a slightly larger size with the diameter of 40 mm. The main strongpoint of the timepiece is its opulently finished hand-wound Omega caliber 8511 with the brand’s trademark co-axial escapement. It likewise includes a balance spring made of silicon, the COSC chronometric certification for its accuracy and most importantly an extreme resistance to magnetic fields. The lovely thin watch is available in yellow, white and red gold at the price of around $13,050.
Restrained High-Class Design
The latest newcomer from the Omega De Ville collection is a neat and very elegant dress watch that evokes the high-end looks of the yesteryears. This is mostly visible on its clean silver colored dial with a clous de Paris motif. The design of the face is restrained and features only bar-shaped hour markers (which are double the size for the four major positions), a date display at the very bottom and three central hands in polished 18 K gold whose color matches the hour markers. There are also unconspicous minute-second markers on the flange and all in all, the newcomer pretty much resembles the model it was modeled upon. Among the differences between two models, one of the most notable is the size of the watch. Unlike the original from the 1949, the model has the diameter of 40 mm which is still restrained by modern standards.
Co-Axial Escapement Caliber
The new watch from the De Ville collection likewise has a slim profile of slightly less than 14 mm which is especially impressive when you consider that the watch poses the brand’s trademark Master Co-Axial escapement technology. The advantages of the co-axial to the more widely used Swiss lever escapement include a more steady transfer of energy with less friction, as well as improved efficiency and resistance to shocks. Calibre 8511 likewise has a free sprung balance which includes a balance spring made of Si14 silicon. Among its most impressive features there is certainly the technology that guards it from magnetic disturbance. Thank to the innovations of the Omega designers, this movement can withstand magnetic fields even greater than 15,000 gauss.
Unlike the caliber 8500 that it is based upon, the new movement is hand-wound with the omitted rotor. Even though it therefore lacks the self-winding feature, this was done purposely since now there is a better exposure of its opulently finished movement with a balance bridge in red gold. The caliber with the Geneva waves in arabesque is naturally visible through the transparent case-back in sapphire (the same material is used for the crystal). Speaking of winding, we should likewise note that the two barrels in series used in the caliber guarantee a power reserve of around 60 hours.
The new Omega watch with the water resistance of 30 meters is made with three case options, all three in 18 K gold. You can choose among Sedna (the Omega’s red gold alloy), white and yellow gold once the watch hits the shops in November. Regardless of the choice, the timepiece with a brown leather strap will be sold at the reasonable price of $13,050.