The new Omega Hour Vision Co-Axial Skeleton Platinum (ref. 418.104.22.168.64.001) automatic wrist watch has the usual solid dial swapped for a sapphire one that offers a super view at its skeletonized co-axial movement. It comes in a massive case crafted from 950 platinum. Now that’s what I call inconspicuous consumption!
Launched more than four years ago together with their new, completely in-house Caliber 8500 automatic movement, the Omega Hour Vision enjoyed some considerable popularity among those young successful men looking for a dressy, yet modern-looking watch.
The main points of attraction of the timekeeper were its numerous cut-outs on the sides of the case that were covered with sapphire crystals that were designed to allow more light into the case.
Some argue that the “illuminators” were not particularly successful in doing their job, however they clearly made the watch more interesting to look at.
So, again, the Omega Hour Vision was and is quite popular considering its hefty price tag of around €5000 for a stainless steel version.
Recently the Swiss watchmakers even presented a limited edition version of the watch. Called Omega Hour Vision Blue, it was presented by the brand’s ambassador Daniel Craig and sold for the benefit of the ORBIS International foundation that combats preventable blindness.
As that was not enough, they have just revealed another, much more expensive version of the watch.
Delivered in a 950 platinum case, the watch is powered by an extensively skeletonized Omega Co-Axial caliber 8403 automatic movement.
Tied together with polished screws, the movement features lots of sand-blasted and sunburst-finished surfaces.
To make the caliber look even more expensive, Omega equipped its winding rotor with a decorated oscillating weight made of 18-carat gold.
Like the other Hour Vision models, the watch features a mechanism that allows for incremental adjustment of its hour hand, a very convenient feature if you happen to often travel between different time zones.
To provide a better view at the meticulously decorated movement, the watch was also equipped with a sapphire dial that features a metallized Omega logo at 12 o’clock.
Too bad that they decided to remove the date window from its usual position at 3 o’clock.
Sure, if left as is, the calendar wheel would definitely ruin the stately elegance of the watch. However, the hour track seems to be wide enough to hide the wheel beneath it.
Anyway, what’s done is done. Omega has released the model in a very limited edition of 88 pieces with a fairly impressive minimum recommended street price of €39,000. Hope, they will manage to sell them all.
Omega De Ville Hour Vision Co-Axial Skeleton Platinum Limited Edition (ref. 422.214.171.124.64.001) automatic wrist watch specification
Price: €39,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Omega Co-Axial caliber 8403, 28,800 vph, two spring barrels, in-house, Swiss Made
Movement decoration: Skeletonized, polished screws, 18-carat gold rotor
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Power reserve: N/A
Case material: 950 platinum
Bezel material: 950 platinum
Crown material: 950 platinum
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 41.00 mm
Lug width: N/A
Case height: N/A
Dial: Sapphire with metallized Omega logo
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Matt black leather strap on a polished 950 platinum buckle
Case back: Sapphire