Since its launch in 1994, the Omega De Ville Prestige has been the midstream, pillar of the brand’s lineup, offering buyers the option of dressing up in classic style at a lower price point than its more modern Constellation stabilizer. Omega revisits the collection for 2020, introducing a new dial concept to the existing 39.5mm models in the range. The result is a cleaner, more cohesive and slightly more retro look that leaves the conservative improvements to the De Ville Prestige intact.
The 39.5mm cases of the new Omega De Ville Omega De Ville Prestige 4126.96.36.199.52.001 Prestige are available in a choice of all stainless steel or a pair of humbucking options that combine stainless steel with red or yellow gold. Formally, these cases continue the previous 39.5 mm iteration of the De Ville Prestige, featuring simple lugs, rounded case sides and a smooth mirror-polished bezel. OMEGA’s elaborate etching of the caseback with the classic “Winged Chronos” logo stands out on these cases. The dial design of these new De Ville Prestige models takes a revolutionary rather than a revolutionary approach to revitalizing the collection. The clear, modern application of Roman numerals from previous models returns, placed every hour and complemented by minimal application of dots to create a sleek, early medieval look. Gone are the sharp dauphine hands of the previous generation, replaced by a softer, more elegant set of leaf hands. Other changes have been made to soften the overall look here, eschewing the concept of scalloped dials in favor of a clear honeycomb dial style and a warm, vintage style railroad exterior minute track. These new dials are available in a choice of silver or black, with the silver dials featuring grey or gold-plated hardware and the black dials featuring bright rhodium-plated hardware. Omega powers the new De Ville Prestige with a self-winding Calibre 2500 movement based on the ETA 2892. The brand’s innovative Omega Co-Axial escapement features a 48-hour power reserve, chronometer accuracy and an intermediate beating rate of 25,200 bph. In keeping with the evolutionary approach of these new models, Omega has matched the new De Ville Prestige with the collection’s signature polished multi-link bracelet in either steel or two colours.
Since 1848, Omega watches have been known for the ultimate in luxury and sporting refinement. In 1931, the brand entered the Geneva Observatory tests, competing in a number of categories designed to test the rigor and mechanical reliability of Omega timepieces. The brand won awards in all six categories, thus adopting the slogan “Omega, the precise time of life”. In 1965, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) chose Omega as the official watch for training and space exploration. Omega is a veritable giant of reliability, producing elegant timepieces that are unaffected by changing fashions. Omega Speedmaster ’57 Chronograph Limited Edition Men’s Watch 3188.8.131.52.01.001 Speedmaster, 1957 Trilogy, DeVille, Planet Ocean, and Constellation. One hundred and forty-one.
That’s the new model Omega is introducing at Baselworld this year. But three of them, especially for very good reasons, have been a hit at the show: the Omega 1957 Trilogy Limited Edition Speedmaster, the Railmaster and the Seamaster – each a flawless reissue of the CK29XX variant also released 60 years ago as a trio. Since they can be purchased individually or together in an epic box set, we thought it best to check them out together.
For the 60th anniversary release we originally debuted here, Omega dug deep into its archives to reference the best surviving examples of each model to create a truly accurate and cohesive collection of reissues. Each of these watches is the impressive end result of a dedication to reproducing the finest details in their original materials, right down to the corduroy-lined presentation box and the etched Omega logo at the center of each crystal. The nuances between the Omega script and the logo between the dial, crown, caseback and bracelet clasp have also been recreated – a tribute to a time when a lack of cohesive marketing assets led to subtle inconsistencies in type, size and shape. . Even amidst today’s frenzy of vintage reissues, it remains a dedication uncommon in modern watchmaking and is a large part of what makes this release exciting.
The Omega Constellation has never been one of the main Omega watches on my radar. This fact is interesting to me because I’m a big fan of Omega watches in general. If you talk to Omega, you will learn some interesting things that will make sense if you consider it. The world is divided into two main Omega markets. These are the Omega Speedmaster and Seamaster markets, and the Omega Constellation and De Ville markets.
The US is mostly the Omega Speedmaster and Seamaster markets. That said, if Omega is correct, they will be selling more De Ville and Constellation models in the east. So while these more fashionable models are not a major part of Omega’s image in the West, foreign style watches rather than sports watches are the main source of total Omega watch sales. With that in mind, I went on to review two different Omega Constellation men’s watches. In a way, this review comes close to when Omega Constellation Solid 18k Gold Luxury Women’s Watch 184.108.40.206.57.002 promises to release a redesigned Constellation collection of watches next year . That said, the current Constellation comes from around 2007, just as De Ville helped launch Omega’s new in-house movement. As such, both models include the 8500/8600 series of in-house automatic movements.
Currently, the maximum size of the Constellation men’s watch is 38mm wide. I think this will change next year as the size of the Western market increases. Personally, I think that for the American market, the “OMEGA Constellation” should be at least 40 millimeters wide (and possibly 42 millimeters maximum). I will be reviewing the steel OMEGA Constellation Co-Axial Day Date 38mm reference. 220.127.116.11.01.001 and the 18k Sedna gold OMEGA Constellation Co-Axial 38mm reference 18.104.22.168.02.001. At least in the modern sense, the steel model is probably more classically known as a “constellation”. The Constellation has been a member of the Omega family since the 1950s, but in 1982, it took on a modern form with the Manhattan Constellation. Renowned watch designer Gerald Genta designed the Omega Constellation in the early 1960s, but not the Constellation Manhattan, although it was clearly inspired by some of Genta’s popular designs from the 1970s. The Omega Constellation Manhattan introduced the replica omega watchesiconic “case claws” and single tapered bracelets that are still part of the design today. Of course, another key part of the Manhattan’s unique aesthetic is the Roman numeral hour ring on the bezel. The Omega Constellation Co-Axial Day-Date steel date watch has the look of a modern Constellation watch, while the 18k Sedna gold dial is inspired by an earlier model of the Omega Constellation from the Manhattan era.