Don’t take the Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial Chronometer Automatic Power Reserve 418.104.22.168.03.001 Men’s Watch as a straightaway tribute to the historical De Ville lineage. Rather, treat it as a representation of the evolution of the De Ville line; a contemporary classic in a timeless design with a well-calculated vintage feel.
The Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial Chronometer Automatic Power Reserve 422.214.171.124.03.001 Men’s Watch is one of the smallest of the watches Omega makes for men. Just a couple of millimetres larger than the true vintage size, it is calculative in its understated appearance and sleek in its build.
The Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial Chronometer Automatic Power Reserve 4126.96.36.199.03.001 Men’s Watch has a bit of the vintage Seamaster in it; especially the hands, which brings to mind the factor that made the De Ville decades ago.
The evolved De Ville is a seamless blend between luxury and performance. The brand’s reputation for redefining mechanical watch making holds true here as well; the Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial Chronometer Automatic Power Reserve 4188.8.131.52.03.001 Men’s Watch commands attention without delay with its confident mix of style and innovation. It qualifies as a functional timepiece that serves both as an everyday staple and an occasional wear. It is exquisite at its own merits and equipped to the brim to stand the test of time.
The dial is an even combination of plain markers and Roman numeral hour indexes; the latter occupying the three-hour gaps. Adjacent to the Roman numeral hour markers are the date window, power reserve indicator and the small seconds counter, which keep the dial from turning bland and boring. From the top, the dial is protected by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
But everything aside, it’s the Omega De Ville Prestige Co-Axial Chronometer calibre 2627 movement that brings the real thrill into the watch! It complements the OMEGA 2500 and is a self-winding, COSC-certified chronometer grade movement with a circular-grained finish, polished and bevelled bridges, rhodium-plated surfaces and Geneva wave decor with gilt engravings i.e. Fausses cotes embellishment. There are 29 jewels inside; a shock absorbing mechanism and a co-axial escapement that George Daniels designed.
Going further into technicality, you’ll come across a mono-metallic balance wheel with a self-compensating, flat balance-spring. It’s vastly different from the principles of the Swiss lever escapement system, with 3 jewels on the pallet fork. The balance wheel has one. Together, they receive radial impulses from the coaxial wheel before delivering to the pallet fork and performing the locking action. They receive almost the entire energy with very less sliding whereas the opposite impulse is received directly by the jewel attached to the balance.
The biggest advantage is definitely that the co-axial escapement doesn’t require any lubrication. This is because there’s no sliding action occurring inside, which results in longer service intervals.
With a power reserve of 44 hours and the double-gasket crown, you are sure to wear the Omega Seamaster Co-Axial Chronometer Automatic Power Reserve 4184.108.40.206.03.001 Men’s Watch with complete peace of mind.