Omega De Ville PrestigeNovember 16, 2022
The Omega De Ville Prestige line has been a bit of a hidden gem in the watchmaker’s offering, hiding in an already underappreciated collection. Closing in on 20 years since their first introduction, Omega is introducing a slew of new De Ville Prestige models for its third generation update. All mechanical models have been upgraded with Master Chronometer-certified calibres, while retaining the classic mid-century designs that originated from the Seamaster De Ville of the 1960s. Omega is proud of the refinements of the six-piece introductory line-up, especially their slimmer profiles when compared to the previous generation. We’ll have to measure those when we go hands-on, though, as Omega doesn’t note the individual measurements.
The 41mm Omega De Ville Prestige collection is composed of two pieces, one in stainless steel, the other in 18k Sedna Gold. Both feature interchanging applied Roman numerals and dot indices atop domed blue dials and fine feuille hands. The doming of the dials isn’t just for show either, it allows the Master Chronometer calibres to sit closer to the dials, allowing for a slimmer case profile. The icy blue model features the Calibre 8810, including a small seconds at 9 o’clock and power reserve at 6. The gold case hides the Calibre 8802, a two-hander with small seconds at 6. Both feature a 55-hour power reserve.
Sizing down a tad, we find the 40mm Omega De Ville Prestige in two-tone stainless steel and 18k Sedna Gold. The crystal-finished silver domed dial features a symmetrically placed date window, while the fine indices and hands leave an expansive empty silver surface. The seven-link bracelet is mostly steel, with interchanging single and double Sedna Gold links as highlights, matching the bezel and crown. The Prestige De Ville 40mm is powered by Omega’s Calibre 8800, a three-handed automatic movement with a 55-hour power reserve.
The 34mm De Ville Prestige acts as a distant cousin to the 41mm, with its PVD lavender-coloured dial that’s also sun brushed. Instead of applied dot indices, it features diamond markers that alternate with applied Roman numerals, mounted on a blue leather strap. It’s powered by the Calibre 8800, much like the 40mm variant.
The first quartz addition to the third-generation Omega De Ville Prestige is this 30mm number, simplified to only a two-hander. With the minute track moved closer to the centre of the dial, its stainless steel and 18k yellow gold construction lends a dressy look. It’s powered by the Calibre 4061 quartz movement, as is the next, and final member of this collection update.
With a diminutive 27.5mm size and equipped with a diamond-set bezel and mother-of-pearl dial, this is an example of jewellery and watchmaking, combined. The 18k Sedna Gold construction adds a warm glow to the coolness of the mother-of-pearl and the shine of the diamonds, while the aforementioned Calibre 4061 is responsible for powering the two hands.