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New! Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph – a blend of three materials
In November 2020, Omega is introducing a new masterpiece to their Seamaster Diver 300M Chronograph collection. This new 44 mm chronograph is a Numbered Edition model, built from a striking blend of grade 2 titanium, 18K Sedna gold and tantalum – found on the base of the bezel and the middle links of the bracelet.
‘A stylish comeback for Tantalum’
Tantalum has been playing a unique role in the Seamster’s design history since its introduction in 1993. This lustrous metal has a distinctive, alluring blue/grey colour, is rarer than gold, harder than steel, and has high resistance against corrosion. The nature of tantalum adds robustness and an attractive contrast to other metals. A distinctive design for a modern man.
The new model also features a bezel made in 18K Sedna gold with laser-ablated diving scale, a polished blue ceramic dial with laser-engraved waves, and you will find an 18K Sedna gold plate on the side of the case with the watch’s edition number engraved. Additional touches of 18K Sedna gold on the subdial rings also enhances the beauty of this timepiece.
On the case back, you will see an Omega Seahorse, engraved and white lacquered on the sapphire crystal. Through the glass, you will be able to see the OMEGA CoAxial Master Chronometer Calibre 9900, certified by the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
This timepiece is offered to you in a special presentation box which is in the style of a water-resistant chamber.
Launching in October, OMEGA have unveiled the new release joining their prestigious Seamaster family: Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition.
OMEGA is well known for it’s wealth of heritage with the ocean, and is a proud partner of Nekton, who are a non – profit research foundation and UK registered charity, committed to protecting the worlds oceans.
In 2018 OMEGA announced their partnership with Nekton and started their support of the ‘First Descent’, a series of missions designed to explore and conserve the world’s most unknown and least protected ocean, the Indian Ocean. Starting in the Seychelles, with the help and support of OMEGA, Nekton have pledged to catalyse 30% protection of the Indian Ocean by 2030.
The new Nekton edition Seamaster comes in two different designs. The first with a stainless-steel bracelet and second with a jet black rubber strap, ensuring there is an option suitable for all occasions. The stainless-steel case features a black ceramic dial with laser engraved waves and a gentle matt finish. The rotating bezel created in titanium delivers a sleek contrast, with laser ablated diving scale in positive relief.
Inside the watch is powered by the Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 with special luxury finish, Geneva waves in arabesque and rhodium-plated rotor and bridges. Certified by METAS it can resist magnetic fields of 15,000 Gauss.
On the case back you will find an embossed Nekton submarine medallion in homage to the lasting partnership between OMEGA and the Nekton foundation.
The Omega De Ville Trésor exudes feminity and balance. Curvaceous but slim, this vintage-inspired watch boasts delightfully modern luxurious twists. The diamond-set case is eye-catching yet tastefully done. This seamless combination is geared towards attracting a younger audience. The De Ville Trésor, simply put, is an attractive ladies’ watch that doesn’t go overboard with ‘bling’. It’s youthful and fun yet slightly restrained at the same time.
The name “Trésor” was originally used by Omega for an elegant men’s dress watch, released in 1949. It referred to the legendary Omega 30mm calibre housed inside. The movement, designed by Henri Kneuss in 1939, was remarkably thin (allowing for a slim case). Its exceptional reliability and regulating performance set a benchmark for a quarter of a century.
The modern De Ville Trésor was launched in 2014 as an updated version of the 1949 original. The ladies’ version we’re featuring here today appeared just before Christmas last year. Opting for a quartz movement, it’s even slimmer than the men’s version. In place of an ultra-thin mechanical movement, its “Trésor” (“treasure” in French) can be found in the case’s 39 diamonds.
Slim and curvy
The De Ville Trésor is slim at 9.75mm. However, its larger 39mm diameter provides a presence on the wrist. (The archetypal Trésor of the past was oversized for the standards of the time, at 37.5mm.) The stainless-steel case follows a streamlined design, with a distinctly curvaceous shape from case to lugs. The feminine silhouette (enhanced with diamonds) contrasts beautifully against the slightly more subdued dial, enhancing the appeal of both.
The lacquered white dial is dominated by unique transferred, oversized Roman numerals. The bold blue indexes stretch towards the dial centre, forming a perfect circle at their inner tips. (Slightly off-centre to balance with the Omega logo.) The time is told by elegant, tapered blued hands. Removed from the dial, the surrounding diamonds compliment the watch face like a perfectly executed outfit.
The two serpentines of precious stones bordering the dial is what gives the De Ville Trésor that special touch. For this, Omega looks to its renowned tradition, employing a steady hand and a keen eye. Each paving of diamonds is tapered, further accentuating the hourglass figure of the wristwatch. High-quality diamonds must first be size-selected to fit the corresponding indentations.
Stones are delicately positioned by hand, using a small setter’s tool. They are then secured in place by folding four tiny-but-tough clasps to lock in each stone. The work is given an expert polish and thoroughly checked. In total, 38 pavé-set diamonds adorn the bezel. (A 39th appears in the crown.) The traditional art is displayed in a modern twist and goes a long way in adding a contemporary aesthetic to this classic design.
Ornamented crown and case back
Special attention is given to the crown of the De Ville Trésor, sculpted in the form of a flower. (Or, by a stretch of the imagination, five interlocking Omega logos.) Each petal is polished with red “HyCeram” (a liquid ceramic insert). And embedded at its centre is another diamond, matching those used in the bezel.
Turning the wristwatch over, the wearer will find a closed case back, ornamented with an eight-petalled floral motif on a mirrored surface. Omega created the special decorative pattern for its “Time for Her” campaign (of which the De Ville Trésor is a part). The pattern flows onto the surrounding case back rim. The mirror, while a useful accessory, is intended to reflect back the natural charisma of each female wearer.
Quartz for ease of use
The De Ville Trésor was designed with the modern woman in mind. It’s fitted with an Omega calibre 4061. The “Long Life” movement brings the mystique of the original Trésor, without the need for regular winding. (The battery life is approximately 48 months. Water resistance: 3 bar/ 30m/ 100ft.)
Perfect on the wrist
The wearer’s experience was also thought about in terms of the plush, black satin fabric strap. A softer underside provides the comfort one expects from a modern luxury watch.
The De Ville Trésor shows how to balance time with femininity, without going overboard. To form a better appreciation for this timepiece, please visit us at our Norwich boutique.
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