Omega's De Ville collection has been known for its classic, elegant watches for decades. Hand-made calibers with tourbillons are among the gems of this series. The cases are either made of stainless steel, a series of gold alloys, or platinum.
The Swiss watch manufacturer Omega initially achieved fame with their sport watches. The most well-known watches from this Biel-based company are the Speedmaster and Seamaster series. The wristwatches in the De Ville collection take a completely different route, however, as they're characterized by their classic design features. Just like the Constellation collection, they're powered by the most modern caliber technology. These calibers contain anti-magnetic components, are very precise, and have impressively long power reserves. Lovers of classic pieces will find several inspired models to choose from in this collection. You have the choice between stainless steel, platinum, or yellow, white, or red gold for the case. Women's models often feature diamonds as indices and on the bezel.
If you're searching for a dress watch from Omega, then the De Ville collection is where you should look. Omega offers a wide range of classic men's and women's models in this collection. Models with gold, platinum, or diamonds can be viewed as solid investments. Omega also covers a wide range of prices with this collection: starting with a quartz watch for around 1,000 euros and going all the way to a platinum watch with a tourbillon for more than 400,000 euros. You can purchase pre-owned vintage models for around 300 euros. Newer gold models cost between 5,000 and 20,000 euros. These watches go wonderfully with a suit or evening gown; they are best compared to watches from Patek Philippe. Omega uses the most modern Co-Axial technology in the De Ville collection, improving the watches' precision, power reserve, and efficiency. Thanks to anti-magnetic silicon components, the watches are even unaffected by magnetic fields.
If you want a particularly exquisite watch, then the De Ville Central Tourbillon is for you. This limited run watch is 38.7 mm in diameter and has a skeletonized dial and movement. Materials such as platinum, red gold, and diamonds make it even more valuable. For example, one model has approximately 170 baguette-cut diamonds; even the movement is adorned with over 280 diamonds. The gray leather strap features platinum stitching. The Co-Axial caliber 2637 also has a winding rotor made of platinum.
Each watch in the De Ville Central Tourbillon series is handmade by a single watchmaker over a span of more than 500 hours. The name of the master watchmaker who made the watch is engraved on the tourbillon's main plate.
The 6 Lines in the De Ville Collection
The watches in the De Ville collection have their origins in the Omega Seamaster De Ville, which was produced in the mid-1960s. The De Ville has been its own, independent collection since 1967; with it, came Omega's new philosophy of creating classic, elegant watches. Accordingly, the watches weren't designed in their Biel headquarters, but rather in Geneva, the watchmaking metropolis. Geneva represents watchmaking aesthetics like no other city on Earth. World-famous brands like Rolex and Patek Philippe have their headquarters there.
The watches in the De Ville collection symbolize Geneva chic. Omega's designers came up with rectangular cases powered by the super-flat manual caliber 620, connecting classic watchmaking traditions with modern 20th-century technology. This combination of progress and timelessness helped to transform the De Ville watches into icons in the history of watchmaking. The watches still retain these features today, as innovative technology is combined with traditional designs in many Omega models.
The watches in the De Ville Trésor line are especially thin and made of high-quality materials. The 40-mm watch's case is only 10.6 mm thick and made of either 18-karat yellow, white, or Sedna gold. Sedna gold is Omega's in-house red gold alloy composed of gold, copper, and palladium. Classic black or brown leather straps with polished gold clasps keep these timepieces on your wrist. Along with most of the cases, the indices and hands are made of gold. The domed, silver dials feature a date display at six o'clock. There are also limited editions featuring glossy, enamel dials in either white, blue, or ivory. There are also exclusive models with diamond-set indices and bezels and mother-of-pearl dials.
The modern Trésor models pay homage to Omega watches from the late 1940s, which were powered by the legendary 30-mm caliber. This large manual movement, which started powering watches in 1939, masterfully fulfilled all requirements set forth in the Swiss observatory tests and ran incredibly precisely. Omega is one of the few manufacturers who has always participated in these tests.
The manual caliber 8511 runs as precisely as a chronometer and powers the most recent Trésor models. The Swiss manufacturer uses their in-house Co-Axial escapement in this movement, an alternative to the commonly used Swiss anchor escapement. The Co-Axial escapement is known for its high level of precision, which it achieves through its improved energy efficiency and reduced friction. This results in a double barrel movement with a 60-hour power reserve. It also has a freely oscillating silicon balance spring, which makes it unaffected by magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. Thanks to the sapphire glass case back, you can watch these manual movements in motion and admire the red gold balance bridge with Geneva stripes. Omega engraves the words "Anti-magnetic" and "> 15,000 Gauss" on the case back as well.
In 2007, Omega introduced their unique De Ville Hour Vision watch. The Hour Vision gives the wearer a clear view of not only the movement's face, but its sides as well. These watches are powered by the automatic caliber 8500, which was brand new in 2007 and serves as the base of current calibers. The movement was developed around the turn of the century in collaboration with the world's largest ébauche manufacturer and fellow Swatch Group member, ETA. One highlight of the 8500 is its Co-Axial escapement. It has been improved in several other ways as well, such as including a winding rotor with low-maintenance zirconium-oxide jewels, a larger escapement, and two barrels instead of one, which provide a 60-hour power reserve. The adjustable second hand is also a practical addition. Often, mechanical calibers only have a balance stop or the second hand doesn't stop at all.
Omega currently uses the newest generation of their Master Co-Axial calibers in their Hour Vision series. Therefore, they're also unaffected by magnetic fields up to 15,000 gauss. Some versions feature a calendar at three o'clock (caliber 8903), which displays the date as well as the current month. It only requires correction once a year, on February 28th or 29th. Watches with caliber 8901 only show the date at three o'clock and not the month.
Omega went a sportier route when designing the Hour Vision. At the same time, they incorporated classic design elements such as Roman numerals; leather straps in black, blue, or brown; and cases made of Sedna gold. There is also a wide range of dials available. Whether you prefer brown, black, silver, or blue, there's a color for you. If you're looking for something sportier, then take a look at the stainless steel models. They're available with a nine-piece link stainless steel bracelet and a 60-minute graduated scale on the rim of the dial. Bicolor dials in black/silver or brown/silver, along with the lugs, emphasize the watch's sporty look. All models are 41 mm in diameter.
The watches in the De Ville Co-Axial series gather inspiration from the Hour Vision's technical achievements. Therefore, they also have Omega's Co-Axial caliber, which is enhanced with a chronograph function. The three-hand version without a chronograph function is barely distinguishable from the Hour Vision, except for its lack of see-through case sides. However, you can still watch the calibers in action through the sapphire glass case back.
The chronograph versions have a date display at six o'clock, small seconds at nine o'clock, and the minute and hour counter at three o'clock. This chronograph is unique in that it keeps track of minutes and hours on the same subdial. It uses two hands to do this, a small one for the hours and a somewhat larger one for the minutes. Normally, a chronograph has two independent subdials as hour and minute counters. Due to caliber 9301, the size of the watch a bit larger at 42 mm, when compared to the Hour Vision. You have the choice between a stainless steel and a red gold model, together with a matching bracelet or a leather strap.
Omega offers more than 100 women's watches in their Ladymatic series, which was first introduced in 1955. At the beginning of the 21st century, the series was updated with the newest technology. The automatic calibers 8520 and 8521, both with a freely oscillating silicon balance spring, power the Ladymatic watches. The 8521 has an 18-karat red gold rotor and balance bridge. The series proudly displays the words "Co-Axial Chronometer" on the watches' dials thanks to the use of these high-tech calibers.
The cases and bracelets in this series are made of either red, yellow, or Sedna gold. Alternatively, Omega offers stainless steel versions with leather straps. Bicolor stainless steel and gold models round the options out. The variety of combinations available in the Ladymatic series is almost endless. Many of the watches have diamond indices and diamond-set bezels. The dials are recognizable by their unique Supernova pattern. The Luxury Edition watches have shiny mother-of-pearl dials with diamond-set indices or a flower motif composed of diamonds. Diamonds also cover the bezels of these luxurious women's watches. The Pearls and Diamonds model adds white pearls to its diamond-studded 18-karat Sedna gold bracelet. The result is a stunning bracelet with diamonds and pearls of various sizes.
The men's and women's watches in the De Ville Prestige series are classic dress watches. Clear, streamlined designs define this series. With the men's models, you have the choice between timeless, three-hand versions or those with small seconds at nine o'clock. The latter also has a power reserve display at six o'clock featuring a small hand that indicates how much power the watch still has. The caliber 2627 has a 48-hour power reserve. The case diameter measures 39.5 mm. For the case material, you have the choice between stainless steel or yellow, red, or white gold. The caliber 2500 powers the model with decentralized seconds, which also has a date display at three o'clock.
The women's bracelets are available in different sizes: 36.5 mm, 32.7 mm, 27.4 mm, and 24.4 mm. Omega uses precise electronic quartz movements in the smaller models. These watches can be recognized by their mother-of-pearl dials with butterfly designs; this earned them the nickname "Butterfly." Diamonds and gold add additional value to these watches. The women's versions are available with seven-piece link bracelets, either in stainless steel or bicolor.
Almost every manufacturer of this watchmaking quality has tourbillon watches on offer. The watchmaking genius Abraham-Louis Breguet developed the mechanism towards the end of the 18th century. His goal was to minimize deviation from the correct time caused by gravity in pocket watches. To achieve this, Breguet put the oscillation and escapement systems - the balance wheel, balance spring, anchor, and escape wheel - in a cage, which makes a full turn on its axis once a minute. The cage's rotation compensates for the deviation and improves the timepiece's precision.
Omega places this mechanism in the center of their De Ville Tourbillon watches, adding modern design accents to the timepieces. Two hands, which almost appear to be floating, keep track of the hours and minutes. Omega achieves this effect by setting both hands on sapphire glass. The brushed second hand is connected to the titanium tourbillon bridge and makes one rotation every 60 seconds in time with the cage. The Sedna gold dial is coated blue with a sunburst pattern and paired with an 18-karat, 44-mm Sedna gold case and Sedna gold indices. A matching blue leather strap helps the watch rest lightly on your wrist.