The Omega De Ville 4-Counters Co-Axial Chronograph (ref. 4184.108.40.206.06.001), which is set to go on sale sometime before February 14, 2010, will feature an 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 seems to be inspired by (and, probably, even based on) the last year’s Five Counter Speedmaster Olympic chronograph 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 dial.
The aforementioned “Five Counter” model featured the same basic layout but had the day of week indicator formed as a sub-dial with a 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 sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the 30-minutes totalizer at 3 o’clock are a bit larger.
Also, 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” 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 whole assembly is powered by the new Omega automatic caliber 3890, which is based on the well-known self-winding caliber 3888.
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 4-Counters daily, while giving it a break on weekends, the power reserve will be adequate for you not to waste time on Mondays winding and setting the gadget.
The only serious problem here is the 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 (ref. 4220.127.116.11.06.001) 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 and Bezel: Stainless steel
Size: 41.00 mm
Case height: 15.90 mm
Lugs: 20.00 mm
Dial: Gray and black
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Brushed-polished 9-row stainless steel bracelet with safety butterfly clasp encrusted with polished 18-karat red gold Ω (“omega”) symbol
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective on both sides
Back: Solid steel, engraved