I recently went hands-on with the new Omega De Ville Tresor and I am here to share my experience and impressions. Not many people have seen this watch in person, as it has just recently hit stores. The Tresor achieves an balance of simplicity, yet the dial does not seem empty. The long, slender markers and hands provide easy reading of the time in. However, this watch will work best in lighted areas, as there is no lume on the dial. Despite this, I can't complain because it keeps the beautiful simplicity of the watch that may be ruined with the addition of lume.
The case is 40mm in diameter and it should wear larger than that, but the watch hugs the wrist. The thin case further downplays the size. The leather strap could use some work. Don't get me wrong, it is certainly nice leather, but it is rather thin and the pin buckle is, although very high quality, rather flimsy looking.
I could photograph Omega's Caliber 8511 all day, but unfortunately I just got this picture (sorry for the glare from the three lights across the bottom). It basically has the same decoration as the other movements in the 85xx family, with arabesque wave decoration. However, as is evident by the picture above, it is a manual-wind movement. With 30 jewels and >15,000 gauss magnetic resistance, among other things, the movement is on or above-par with it's price range.
The watch on the wrist. A beautiful balance of elegance and simplicity. Comfortable and perfect for people who want a watch that can easily slip under a shirt cuff. The rose gold version (the one pictured here) retails for $13,800. Click here to view the watch on Omega's website.
First up, we have the new 24mm Constellation Pluma. This watch, to start off, has a quartz movement that displays just the hours and minutes. No date, no seconds, just the time. The mother of pearl dial goes beautifully with the diamonds on the bezel and dial. This watch packs all of the prestige and class found on other Omega Constellation watches into a smaller size. Despite the fact that this [24mm] version has a quartz movement (because of the small size, Omega would have to design a whole new, smaller movement for size-related reasons), the larger 27mm size does have the automatic 8520 co-axial movement. The quartz version, which is pictured above, retails for around $6,000.
Next up we have the new De Ville Butterfly. This watch is, strangely enough, 32.7mm in diameter. Inside of the case is the automatic 2500 co-axial movement which displays the time and date. The butterflies on the dial stand out quite a bit on this model thanks to the different shades of mother of pearl (there are other versions where the butterflies do not stand out as much). The dial is surrounded by a bezel covered in 40 diamonds and the dial has 23 diamonds on it (9 of them mark the hours, the other 14 make up the butterfly between the 7 and 8 markers). The smaller version is another strange size at 27.4mm and has a quartz movement. I'm not sure why Omega chose these sizes, but it doesn't really matter as long as the lugs are a regular width. This particular version has an MSRP of $20,600.
What do you think of my first hands-on blog post? Please comment and tell me what you would like to see in the future. All pictures were taken at an Omega boutique.
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