The new Omega De Ville 4-Counters Co-Axial Chronograph watch, which is set to go on sale sometime before the February 14, 2010, will feature a rather unusual dial layout with four charcoal sub-dials on its dark grey sandblasted face. Although the choice of a model for a St. Valentine’s present looks a bit awkward to yours truly, I can’t say that I wouldn’t love to receive one of these as a gift from my beloved wife (I hope she’s reading this right now).
Visually, the new chronograph from the respected Swiss watch brand seems to be inspired by (and, probably, even based on) the last year’s Omega Five Counter Speedmaster Olympic chronograph watch that was offered in an expensive, Daytona-style rose gold case.
Well, style-wise the watches are worlds apart, but, at least, the new Omega De Ville 4-Counters sports almost the same dial layout that represents not only a rather unusual 7-day chronograph, but also a simple calendar with a date aperture at 6 o’clock and a day of week display placed right above the visual center of the watch.
The aforementioned “Five Counter” model featured the same basic layout, but had the day of week indicator formed as a sub-dial with a very small hand and tiny letters that were not particularly easy to read even when they weren’t obstructed by the hour and minute hands.
The small seconds dial at 9 o’clock and the 30-minutes totalizer at 3 o’clock are a bit larger.
Also, in order to make the new De Ville 4-Counters easier to deal with, Omega’s designers decided to mark the chronograph sub-dials with “DAY,” “HOUR” and “MINUTE” markings.
Thankfully, the timekeeper lacks an almost inevitable tachymeter scale on its bezel and, compared to the aforementioned Olympic watch, is presented in a slightly more compact case, which is crafted from high-quality surgical-grade stainless steel.
Although the slightly tweaked layout somewhat improves the timekeeper’s legibility, the “interface” of the watch is still far from being perfect. However, it is highly unusual and is entertaining to look at and for some people that may be a good enough excuse to buy it.
The watch is powered by the new Omega automatic caliber 3890, which is based on the well-known caliber 3888 automatic movement.
Being a COSC-certified chronometer, the movement beats at a pretty much standard frequency of 28,800 bph (4Hz) and features a power reserve of at least 52 hours.
If you plan to wear the watch on a daily basis, while giving it a break on weekends, the power reserve will be adequate enough for you not to waste time on Mondays winding and setting the gadget.
The only serious problem of this watch is its sky high price. Offered at an MSRP of $10,000, this model is coming dangerously close to the gorgeous Rolex Daytona. Tread lightly!
See also: Panerai Radiomir PAM 336 in 42mm body
Omega De Ville 4-Counters Co-Axial Chronograph watch specification
Price range: $10,000
Movement: Omega calibre 3890, automatic, COSC-certified, 33 jewels, decorated, 28,800 bph, co-axial escapement, Omega free sprung balance, Swiss Made
Complications: 4-counters chronograph, date, day of the week
Power reserve: 52 hours
Case material: Stainless steel
Bezel material: Matches case
Case size: 41.00 mm
Case height: 15.90 mm
Dial: Gray and black
Water resistance: 100 m
Strap: Brushed-polished 9-row stainless steel bracelet with safety butterfly clasp encrusted with polished 18-carat red gold Ω (“omega”) symbol
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