From its humble beginnings in 1848 by founder Louis Brandt, Omega has now become one of the most prestigious brands in the world. The Swiss luxury watchmaking brand has grown from a small workshop in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, to a worldwide success with various collections to boast, including the Omega Speedmaster, Seamaster, and Omega De Ville, to name a few.
Not only has Omega been top-of-mind luxury wear, but it has also been a favourite timepiece by the filmmaking industry, making it easily one of the most patronised luxury watch brands in the world.
With the company’s beginnings as La Generale Watch Co. — Omega’s original name, Louis Brandt has created custom-made key-wound precision pocket watches for his patrons from England, his primary market, to Italy and Scandinavia. Brandt crafted his creations from materials and parts supplied by his local craftsmen. Brandt’s vision remains strong even after his death in 1879 as his sons stepped in to carry on a legacy.Louis-Paul and César Brandt, sons of the founder, crafted a revolutionary mechanism that allowed for parts of their prime watches to be interchangeable. This was the beginning of the rise of the Omega brand under La Generale Watch Co. Through the years, Omega has risen through the ranks. It became known for its maintained timekeeping accuracy. In 1903, with demand proving itself powerful, the Omega brand launched as a standalone company, Omega Watch Co.
Known models of Omega watches continue to dominate the market. Most of it is due to each timepiece’s unique components and features. From Speedmaster to Seamaster, Omega has proven itself worthy of its affluent status among enthusiasts.
One of its most exquisite line of watches is the Omega De Ville collection. Omega introduced the De Ville watches as a part of the Seamaster series. Back then, it was one of the most prominent dress watches under the line. Later, the brand decided to separate De Ville from the collection. Soon after, Omega launched the dive series. In 1963, the inscription “Seamaster De Ville” first appeared on its dials.Due to its popularity, Omega launched the De Ville collection as a separate line, identified by a more streamlined look. Compared to the sporty appeal of the Seamaster, the De Ville collection is more refined. Like any line Omega has released, it easily became a best-seller for its variety and quality.
In the 1970s, the collection received the Grand Prize “Triumph of European Excellence”. The Committee of European Excellence awarded the brand for embodying the ‘art of living’. The committee recognised the collection for its quality, original creativity, and aesthetics.Fast forward to 1999, Omega De Ville launched its first watch with the new Co-Axial calibre. George Daniels invented the Co-Axial escapement in 1974. It improved the lever escapement mechanism with some incorporations of the detent escapement. It was successfully commercialised by Omega. The brand went on to apply it on the first-ever De Ville Co-Axial. This mechanism was the first practical escapement watch launched in two centuries. Another feat for the Omega team!
Omega never stopped producing groundbreaking creations. With in-depth research, the company manufactured the new automatic calibre 8500 in 2007. Putting together the improved co-axial escapement and the automatic calibre 8500, the De Ville Hour was born. Each De Ville Hour stood out with complexity in its craftsmanship. Its remarkable dial, shielded by a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal.
Today, the De Ville collection is a growing family with sub-collections under its name. It includes Gent’s Collection, Hour Vision, Ladymatic, Prestige, Trésor, and Tourbillon series. Want to know more about De Ville’s illustrious lines? Keep reading for more!Carefully curated, the collection bridges the gap between tradition and innovation. Each watch in the Omega De Ville Gents’ Collection illustrates the company’s heritage. It’s seen through classic designs and a salute to the Co-Axial escapement.
In this collection, you’ll find watches in 42mm case, which is either made of 18K red gold or stainless steel. Each design is marked by Roman numerals and equipped with the Co-Axial mechanism. The Gents’ Collection also features the chronograph member of the Co-Axial family, the Omega Co-Axial calibre 9300/9301. Establishing better accuracy and precision in time-reading, the designs include two sub-dials. A sub-dial can be seen placed at the 9 o’clock position, carefully systemised for the small seconds function. At 3 o’clock, another sub-dial incorporates both the chronograph minute and hour counters.
The Gents’ Collection catalogue highlights another stand-out design. The Annual Calendar model, which features month and date apertures at 3 o’clock. Powered by the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8601, the watch is at its prime accuracy, and is available in either a black leather strap or a matching bracelet. The Omega De Ville Hour Vision displays sophistication and craftsmanship. It’s seen through delicate simplicity and complex mechanisms of each watch. The watches under the Hour Vision collection are all certified as a Master Chronometer.
The line is highly regarded by industry experts. It passed 8 exhaustive tests arranged by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS). The dials are luxury right at your wrist — available in opaline-silver, brown, bronze or blue. Each case is 41mm in diameter and come in 18k Sedna gold or classic stainless steel. Straps come in a variety of black, blue or brown leather options. The wearer also has the option for an 18K gold-encrusted and polished-brushed 9-row bracelet with a butterfly clasp. This particular Hour Vision Annual Calendar watch stays true to its De Ville Hour heritage. It features a distinctive see-through sapphire caseback. It also has a sun-brushed blue dial to complement its blue leather strap. The hour, minute and seconds hands are in 18K white gold. Select designs from the Annual Calendar Series feature a date window at 3 o’clock. Each watch will definitely bring style comfort. The Omega De Ville Ladymatic line featuring self-winding timepieces was was first launched in 1955 specifically for women. About half a century later, Omega decided to revive the line. The brand revamped its features without sacrificing its known feminine grace. The new Ladymatic line features a Co-Axial calibre 8520 and 8521. Omega’s elite Si14 silicon balance spring makes each design resistant to external shocks. Each of the 34mm Ladymatic watches comes in various designs. You’ll find it in striking 18K red or yellow gold with a titanium case body. It’s also seen in stainless steel with matching case body. Some designs feature a combination of gold and steel. All designed, finished with either polished or snow-set diamond-paved bezels.
Ladymatic timepieces feature Supernova patterns on their faces. Designs are available in a variety of dynamic colours. Most of its designs feature a small date window at 3 o’clock. The designs are also available with 11 diamond-set indexes.