The De Ville Hour Vision: a new era for OMEGA

When it was introduced in 2007, the OMEGA De Ville Hour Vision heralded a new era for OMEGA. It was the watch that introduced the Co-Axial calibre 8500/8501 whose every part was created in-house using technology which has defined the way mechanical watch movements will be made in the 21st century.

“The Hour Vision is aptly named: the beauty of the movement is clearly
visible through sapphire glass
apertures in the side of the watchcase and through the sapphire crystal case back.”

Complexity of workmanship

On the dial finely honed details show the complexity of workmanship that has gone into every element of this timepiece. The 18 Ct red gold Hour Vision is available either with a brown or silver dial. The stainless steel version is presented with either a black or silver dial. On all the models the most striking feature is the grooved rhodium-plated hour track complemented by elegantly faceted solid gold hour markers. Light catches the diamond-polished facets of the hour markers as the central seconds hand sweeps around the dial. The hour and minute hands are both faceted and diamond polished along the length of their sides creating an elegant contrast and play on brushed and polished finishes, in either 18 Ct red gold or 18 Ct white gold, to match the colour of the case.

The date window positioned at three o’clock is framed with an applied diamond polished 18 Ct red gold or 18 Ct white gold frame. A discreet minute track runs alongside the outer rim of the dial and the OMEGA logo is applied in either 18 Ct red gold or 18 Ct white gold, depending on the model. The dial is clearly visible through the anti-reflective coating applied to both sides of the sapphire crystal glass.

Attention to detail

The De Ville Hour Vision is presented either on a black or brown alligator leather strap that is integrated into the case between the newly designed lugs. The strap features an insert to avoid strain and cracking of the leather at the joint with the lugs and is fastened with a fold-over clasp (in either 18 Ct red gold or stainless steel) ensuring the watch remains securely fastened yet offers maximum comfort to the wearer. The metal bracelets (including a new patented screw and pin system allowing a very easy adjustment) feature an entirely new design and look and, set in the metal bar clasp is a butterfly deployant with an 18 Ct gold polished OMEGA logo.

A return to our roots

While the De Ville Hour Vision was a milestone for OMEGA, it also marked a return to the brand’s roots. OMEGA was, after all, the first watch company ever to produce an industrialized movement; in fact, the brand took its name from one of its series produced watch movements in the 19th century!

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