For the next year of 2011, the Swiss watchmaker re-introduces the Ladymatic line of charismatic ladies watches from the 1950s. Probably to be officially unveiled during the upcoming SIHH 2011 event, the new wristwatches will feature sensual, flowing lines and their high-grade Omega Co-Axial calibre 8520/8521 that was created specifically for the brand’s smaller pieces. Prepare to fall in love with the Omega Ladymatic DeVille (ref. 418.104.22.168.55.001), the gorgeous watch 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, the watch looks a lot more refined and elegant than the original Ladymatics.
Like the other DeVille family members powered by automatic movements, the watch 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 on the photos, there are only eleven diamonds on the watch’s 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 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 calibre 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 watch, 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 very nice touch. The design makes the thickish case look a lot slimmer and lighter, and also provides the watch with more cheerful and even playful mood. This is particularly true for the model that comes equipped with a snow-set diamond-paved bezel.
Very interesting timepiece, that. If I was on the market for a pricey Christmas gift, this beautiful watch, 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. 422.214.171.124.55.001) automatic ladies watch specification
Price range: $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 material: 18-carat Rose gold, or Yellow gold, or Stainless steel
Bezel material: 18-carat Rose gold, or Yellow gold, or Stainless steel
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 34.0 mm
Case height: No data
Dial: Mother-of-pearl or Lacquered black
Hands: Gold or Steel
Water resistance: 30 m
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
Case back: Sapphire