For the year of 2011, Omega re-introduces the Ladymatic line from the 1950s. Officially unveiled during the SIHH 2011 event, the new collection features sensual, flowing lines, as well as their high-grade Omega Co-Axial caliber 8520/8521 that was created specifically for the brand’s smaller pieces. Prepare to fall in love with the Ladymatic DeVille (ref. 4220.127.116.11.55.001) that will bedazzle you with polished rose gold surfaces, numerous diamonds, and the most beautiful mother-of-pearl dial!
This new model looks like a giant step forward for the “classic” line of Omega’s ladies watches.
Designed as a member of their most elegant DeVille collection, it looks a lot more refined and elegant than the original Ladymatics.
Like the other DeVille family members powered by automatic movements, the dial features a pair of Alfa-shaped hands but also adds a beautiful “SuperNova” motif to its dial, probably borrowing it from the Constellation collection.
As you can see in the photos, there are only eleven diamonds on the dial: the one at 3 o’clock is replaced with a “diamond-polished” date window.
The idea was great, but its implementation is mediocre, to say the least. The date window mercilessly destroys the symmetry of the dial and makes it clear that somebody at Omega decided to cut costs of the final product and employ a time-proven caliber that was designed to power watches of up to 30 mm in diameter.
The problem is that the Ladymatic is offered in a 34 mm case with a proportionately larger dial and longer hands, while the diameter of the date ring on the Omega Co-Axial caliber 8520/8521 stays the same. Hence the ugly positioning of the date window.
They could have solved the problem by making the date display window less conspicuous and putting and putting the twelfth diamond where it belonged from the very beginning, but… for some reason they didn’t.
Otherwise, it is a brilliant-looking accessory, both elegant and fashionable. The wave pattern that unites the front and rear parts of the case and provides a superb view at a distinctive ceramic ring is a nice touch. The design makes the thick(-ish) case look a lot slimmer and lighter, and also provides the watch with a more cheerful and even playful mood. This is particularly true for the model that comes equipped with a snow-set diamond-paved bezel.
A very interesting timepiece, that. If I was on the market for a pricey Christmas gift, this beautiful trinket, which is available both in yellow or rose gold and stainless steel, would be among the first in my shopping list minor flaws notwithstanding.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 5/5
Value for Money: 4/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Omega Ladymatic DeVille (ref. 418.104.22.168.55.001) specification
Price: $39,500 (Retail)
Movement: Omega Co-Axial calibre 8520/8521, automatic, in-house, Si 14 silicon balance spring, Swiss Made
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case: 18-karat Rose gold, or Yellow gold, or Stainless steel
Size: 34.0 mm
Dial: Mother-of-pearl or Lacquered black
Hands: Gold or Steel
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Rose gold, or Yellow gold, or Stainless steel 3-row screw-and-pin design with a butterfly clasp, or an Alligator leather strap with an 18kt gold foldover clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective