It took the Swiss watchmaker almost a year to present a refreshed version of its breathtaking (pardon the cliche, but I mean it) Ladymatic DeVille. Now sold as Omega Ladymatic DeVille ref. 418.104.22.168.63.001, the timekeeper offers an even more balanced mix of colors and textures with its perfectly executed dial, brushed and polished case, and an in-house self-winding movement of the high-grade sort that is woefully rare to find in timepieces designed for ladies.
Judging by a rather brief official press release, the only difference between the original and the new Omega Ladymatic DeVille (Ref. 422.214.171.124.63.001) with a brown dial is the color of the dial. While the first model was offered with either white mother-of-pearl or a black face, the new version is equipped with a chocolate brown face.
I must admit that, while the original model looked almost perfect (if not take into account the ugly positioning of the date window: a problem that still persists,) the model with brown dial looks completely stunning thanks to a winning combination of 18-karat rose gold, 11 diamonds on the dial and a snow-set diamond-paved bezel.
The watch is still powered by the Omega Co-Axial caliber 8520/8521, which is manufactured in-house and sports a Si 14 silicon balance spring.
The beautiful Arabesque Geneva waves motif that adorns its oscillating weight and visible bridges nicely complement the exquisite “SuperNova” motif that adorns the dial. While the purpose of this brief review is not to affect your final decision even in the tiniest way, I must admit that I personally think that this timekeeper looks like it is a good value even at that price point.
From where I sit, the refreshed Ladymatic DeVille offers a professional, well-balanced design without even a single trace of kitsch that we see so often when it comes to watches made for women. The mechanism that animates it, too, is a work of art. Introduced around three years ago as a sort of “fork” version of the original Co-Axial Caliber 8500 (that in itself was the world’s first co-axial caliber designed from scratch) in order to power the brand’s smaller versions, it had its oscillation frequency reduced to 25,200 vph (well, “reduced” is probably not the right word here since it is the operating frequency of the entire Cal. 85xx family,) but in advance offers you a nearly flawless operation with good timekeeping and extremely high build quality.
Seriously, what more could you ask from such a beauty, a built-in hard drive?
Official price is yet to be revealed, but I have an impression that the ref. 4126.96.36.199.63.001 will possibly cost the same $40,000 USD* as the original did.
*UPDATE ON PRICE: Offered at $38,000 (give or take depending on taxes in your part of the world,) it is actually even five percent less expensive with the Swiss brand probably adjusting the MSRP to changing market conditions (there’s been a flood of interesting models from other brands recently including this beautiful Peter Tanisman Carrousel Fantasia and even such giants as Omega have to adapt to a new situation) in the most predictable fashion. Although the watch is still almost too expensive even if you take into account the materials employed here, it is nice to see that some things are actually getting less expensive at some points in time.
See also: Patek Philippe Calatrava Ref. 4897 R
Omega Ladymatic DeVille (ref. 4188.8.131.52.63.001) specification
Price: $38,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Omega Co-Axial caliber 8520/8521, automatic, in-house, Si 14 silicon balance spring, COSC-certified chronometer, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 28
Movement frequency: 25,200 vph
Movement decoration: Arabesque Geneva waves
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case: 18-karat red gold
Size: 34.00 mm
Hour markers: Diamonds
Hands: Rose gold
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Rose gold 3-row screw-and-pin design with a butterfly clasp