This Year, Omega introduced a slew of high-profile watches associated with major occasions it backed – the London Olympic games the Mission Impossible film, Skyfall and Golf’s Ryder cup. Largely lost within the hoopla was among the Swiss brand’s most strikingly elegant new releases from that year, an Omega P Ville Chronograph run by manufacture Quality 9301, with Omega’s now-famous co-axial escapement, and fitted inside a rose-gold situation and blue dial and strap. Ideas give this watch the showcase we’re feeling it warrants.
Whilst not as ingrained in popular culture as other Omega watches such as the Seamaster (the go-to watch for Agent 007) or even the Speedmaster (the legendary “Moonwatch”), the formal P Ville line has nonetheless offered like a stage for the development of a few of the brand’s most significant the watchmaking industry improvements. It had been inside a P Ville that Omega introduced Quality 2500 – the very first movement fitted using the co-axial escapement produced by Dr. George Daniels – in 1999. In 2007, the P Ville was the starting pad for that company’s first in-house movement, co-axial Quality 8500/8501 – inside a watch which marked the debut from the exhibitionist Hour Vision situation. More lately, Omega used the P Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar for that debut of some other technical innovation, its Si14 plastic balance spring.
The Omega P Ville Chronograph consists of Omega’s Quality 9300/9301, the chronograph form of the in-house movement that made its debut within the Hour Vision models. The movement utilizes a column-wheel system and it is outfitted having a co-axial escapement as well as an Si14 plastic balance spring. It’s been licensed like a chronometer through the Swiss testing agency COSC. So convinced is Omega from the reliability and stability of their movement it provides each watch having a four-year warranty.
This 18k rose-gold case is 42 mm in diameter and features polished and brushed finishes. The two-zone blue dial has two domed subdials: the one at 3 o’clock displays both the 60-minute and 12-hour counters for the chronograph, making it easy to read elapsed times; the one at 9 o’clock is for the running seconds. The watch has a central chronograph seconds hand and 18k-gold, diamond-polished, faceted central hour and minute hands. The applied Roman numeral indices are also gold, faceted on the sides and ends, and fully diamond-polished. brown or blue leather strap, or with a stainless steel case on a stainless steel bracelet or on a black or blue leather strap. The hour hand can be changed without affecting the minute and seconds hands, a boon for frequent travelers who traverse multiple time zones.
The movement, that is visible with the case’s azure exhibition back, comes with an 18k gold rotor and balance bridge. Other adornments around the movement include Geneva waves in Arabesque and blackened screws, barrels and balance wheel.
The rose-gold model proven here – using its blue alligator leather strap matching the dial – can also be provided with an opaline silver dial. There’s additionally a model inside a stainless-steel situation, with a range of blue, opaline silver or black dials, and a range of black or blue strap or steel bracelet. These models contain Omega Quality 9300, that is identical in function towards the rose-gold model’s Quality 9301 but includes a rhodium-plated rotor and balance bridge instead of gold ones. Costs are $29,000 for that rose-gold models, $8,300 for stainless on the leather strap, and $9,000 for stainless with bracelet.
Movement: Omega co-axial Quality 9301, automatic column-wheel chronograph COSC-licensed chronometer 54 jewels frequency = 28,800 vph (4 Hz) 60-hour energy reserve plastic “Si14″ balance spring co-axial escapement with three levels two barrels with anti-put on DLC coating mounted in series
Functions: Central hours and minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph with 60-minute and 12-hour counters
Situation and strap: 18k rose gold situation diameter = 42 mm height = 15.9 mm water-resistant against 100 meters domed, scratch-resistant azure very with nonreflective coating on sides exhibition caseback attached by four screws on blue alligator strap with foldover clasp
Dial and hands: Two-zone dial in opaline silver, blue, or black domed subdials applied 18k gold Roman numbers gemstone-polished, double-faceted 18k gold hands.