Omega placed watch collectors into the eye of the storm during this year’s Baselworld with the launch of a new Omega De Ville Central Tourbillon Trésor. The Swiss watch brand, known best for its affordable timepieces rich with history, as evidenced by last night’s Space Exploration Dinner celebrating the brand’s part in the moon landing, this time showcases a masterfully executed high-end timepiece featuring a unqiue central tourbillon.
The new Omega De Ville Central Tourbillon Trésor re-introduces a concept first seen back in 1947, and never equaled since. Placed at the heart of the dial, the central tourbillon appears to beat life into the watch, making one full rotation every minute to negate the effect of gravity on the movement. The exclusive OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 2636, which is handcrafted in OMEGA’s Cellule Haut de Gamme in Biel by a small group of watchmakers, once again takes center stage, this time as the star of a deep blue night-sky lacquered dial.
Against it, hours and minutes are indicated by 18-carat red gold hour and minute hands fixed directly on the tourbillon cage. On the wrist, this stunning dress watch comes in a tailored red gold case measuring 38.7 mm in diameter, slender by today’s standards. As one would expect, the exclusive movement is very well protected, and unfortunately hidden behind a solid case back. Note however, the unusual flat crown that appears in that position. It lets the wearer set the hours and minutes, and is a rather fun device to use.
If Omega has proved, time and again, the historic importance of its watches, the Swiss watchmaker can now just as proudly look at the future of mechanical watch movements, which is staring right back at them from the heart of its latest treasure.