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Omega Ladymatic DeVille

 

November 1, 2010                                                                                           Posted by: www.worldwatchreview.com

 

Many watchmakers are revisiting their pasts and relaunching some of their most iconic designs. Omega too seems to have sprung on to this bandwagon and has recently debuted the Omega Ladymatic timepiece. And it was no less than Nicole Kidman who recently unveiled the new OMEGA Ladymatic to the world at The Ritz Carlton in Beijing.

First launched in 1955, this timepiece disappeared from the markets over the years. A part of the De Ville collection, it was one of Omega’s first self-winding watches designed especially for women and featured the smallest automatic movement Omega had ever made. Relaunched Omega Ladymatic timepiece will be available in 27 different versions, including 34mm wave pattern case, bezels in polished metal or diamond-set, sapphire crystal casebacks, wave pattern dials, plain or diamond-set hour markers, luminous hands, on a matching bracelet or alligator strap.

      Omega Ladymatic DeVille 

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 is 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 34mm 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.

 

Omega Ladymatic DeVille

Omega Ladymatic DeVille

 

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.

 

Omega Ladymatic DeVille automatic ladies watch specification

Price range: $1,800 - $3,600
Movement: Omega Co-Axial calibre 8520/8521, automatic, in-house, Si 14 silicon balance spring
Complications: 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: N/A
Dial: Mother-of-pearl or Lacquered black
Numerals: N/A
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

 

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