De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar - Limited Series
Tuesday 15 January 2008
The De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar is the refined result of 160 years of experience in the art of making mechanical watches. At the heart of the Hour Vision Annual Calendar, manufactured in-house by the Swiss luxury and prestige watch brand, is the exclusive OMEGA Calibre 8611, a further development of the OMEGA Calibre 8500/8501, the new generation of OMEGA Manufacture Calibers first introduced with Hour Vision at the outset of 2007. Like the 8500/8501, the OMEGA 8611 is a high-precision COSC-certified chronometer, featuring the additional functionality of an instantaneous jump annual calendar complication. This annual calendar automatically recognizes months with 30 and 31 days and, assuming that the watch is always running, needs to be manually corrected only once a year, on March 1st. The date and month are displayed in separate apertures.
The new De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar, available at the beginning of 2008 in a Limited Series of 160 pieces, is based on advanced co-axial technology exclusive to OMEGA: the innovative co-axial escapement and free-sprung balance guarantee stable accuracy and extended reliability over time. A virtuoso 13-line movement with 18-carat red gold rotor and balance bridge, the OMEGA 8611 has two barrels ensuring an impressive 55-hour power reserve and a bi-directional self-winding mechanism. The intricate beauty of the mechanism is echoed in the luxurious decorative finish, as fine black screws complement the delicate Geneva stripes presented with an arabesque pattern, a world premiere.
OMEGA’s rich heritage and unparalleled experience in the manufacture of mechanical watches is expressed in every feature, beginning with the polished 18-carat white gold case, a remarkable feat of engineering that enhances the visibility of the meticulously-crafted movement through four lateral openings in sapphire crystal. The elegant sunbrushed black dial features a grooved rhodium plated hour track with a brushed and polished finish and the words “Annual Calendar” at 12 o’clock and the white-on-black month and date window framed in faceted satin-brushed 18-carat red gold at 3 o’clock. The elegant, faceted 18-carat red gold hour markers and the red gold “parform” hour and minute hands and central seconds hand also feature a satin-brushed finish, and the red gold offers a striking contrast to the white gold case, black dial and matt black alligator strap with its white gold foldover clasp. Water-resistant to 100 m (330 ft), the case back of the De Ville Annual Calendar Limited Series bears the Limited Series number (0/160) along with the inscriptions Hour Vision and Annual Calendar. This exclusive timepiece is presented in a wooden box fitted with four lateral windows through which the watch is visible, echoing the four sapphire lateral openings in the watch case itself.
The De Ville Hour Vision Annual Calendar Limited Series will be complemented at the end of 2008 by a global collection of eight models, four in red gold and four in stainless steel, all with dials identical in design to that of the Limited Series. The steel models will be offered with silver or grey dials and a steel bracelet or black alligator leather strap. The red gold models will be available with silver or brown dials and a red gold bracelet or brown alligator leather strap.
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