Omega DeVille Chronograph Co-Axial Calibre 9301

Omega_DeVille_Chrono_150 In a year when Omega has introduced a slew of very high-profile timepieces tied to major events that it sponsors — the London Olympics, the new James Bond film, Golf’s Ryder cup — watch aficionados might have thus far overlooked one of the Swiss brand’s most strikingly elegant new releases for 2012, the new De Ville Chronograph — powered by manufacture Caliber 9301, with Omega’s now-famous co-axial escapement, and outfitted in a rose-gold case and of-the-moment blue dial and strap.

While not as ingrained in pop culture as other Omega watches like the Seamaster (now the go-to timepiece for Agent 007) or the Speedmaster (the legendary “Moonwatch”), the dressy De Ville line has nevertheless served as a stage for the introduction of some of the brand’s most important watchmaking innovations. It was in a De Ville that Omega introduced Caliber 2500 — the first movement outfitted with the co-axial escapement developed by Dr. George Daniels — in 1999. In 2007, the De Ville was the launching pad for the company’s first in-house movement, co-axial Caliber 8500/8501 — in a watch that also marked the debut of the exhibitionist Hour Vision case. More recently, Omega used the De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar for the debut of another technical innovation, its Si14 silicon balance spring.

The new De Ville Chronograph contains Omega’s Caliber 9300/9301, the chronograph version of the in-house movement that made its debut in the Hour Vision models. The movement uses a column-wheel system and is equipped with a co-axial escapement and an Si14 silicon balance spring. It has been certified as a chronometer by the Swiss testing agency COSC. So convinced is Omega of the reliability and stability of its movement that it delivers each watch with a four-year warranty.

Omega De Ville Chronograph side

This 18k rose-gold case is 42 mm in diameter and features polished and brushed finishes. The two-zone blue dial has two domed subdials: the one at 3 o’clock displays both the 60-minute and 12-hour counters for the chronograph, making it easy to read elapsed times; the one at 9 o’clock is for the running seconds. The watch has a central chronograph seconds hand and 18k-gold, diamond-polished, faceted central hour and minute hands. The applied Roman numeral indices are also gold, faceted on the  sides and ends, and fully diamond-polished. brown or blue leather strap, or with a stainless steel case on a stainless steel bracelet or on a black or blue leather strap. The hour hand can be changed without affecting the minute and seconds hands, a boon for frequent travelers who traverse multiple time zones.

The movement, which is visible through the case’s sapphire exhibition back, has an 18k gold rotor and balance bridge. Other decorations on the movement include Geneva waves in Arabesque and blackened screws, barrels and balance wheel.

The rose-gold model shown here — with its blue alligator leather strap matching the dial — is also available with an opaline silver dial. There is also a model in a stainless-steel case, with a choice of blue, opaline silver or black dials, and a choice of black or blue strap or steel bracelet. These models contain Omega Caliber 9300, which is identical in function to the rose-gold model’s Caliber 9301 but has a rhodium-plated rotor and balance bridge rather than gold ones. Prices are $29,000 for the rose-gold models, $8,300 for stainless steel on a leather strap, and $9,000 for stainless steel with bracelet.

Omega De Ville Chronograph front

Technical characteristics:

Movement: Omega co-axial Caliber 9301, automatic; column-wheel chronograph; COSC-certified chronometer; 54 jewels; frequency = 28,800 vph (4 Hz); 60-hour power reserve; silicon “Si14″ balance spring; co-axial escapement with three levels; two barrels with anti-wear DLC coating mounted in series

Functions: Central hours and minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph with 60-minute and 12-hour counters

Case and strap: 18k rose gold case; diameter = 42 mm; height = 15.9 mm; water-resistant to 100 meters; domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with nonreflective coating on both sides; exhibition caseback affixed by four screws; on blue alligator strap with foldover clasp

Dial and hands: Two-zone dial in opaline silver, blue, or black; domed subdials; applied 18k gold Roman numerals; diamond-polished, double-faceted 18k gold hands

Omega Calibre 9301

Omega Caliber 9301

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About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on WatchTime.com as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.

Comments

  1. sllumbeen says:

    awesome!!!!!!!that it is a wonderful catches like a rolax ...

  2. R.Sulochanan Nair says:

    The De Ville model is very elegant and beautiful.

  3. Fabio Anderaos says:

    Although the entire design is very nice, I believe the dial with double rose gold hour markers would be more elegant.

  4. Rene says:

    Omega doesn\'t have to catch up!
    First in space, out of the box!
    Most accurate movement...

  5. Gladstone says:

    Most definitely a must have!

  6. Panagiotis Kapos on Facebook says:

    nice...

    • Datuk Richard Leung says:

      Awesome! Catching up with Rolex.The co-axial is a beautiful movement.

  7. Joel Naranjo on Facebook says:

    Hermoso!

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