Introduced in 2005, the OMEGA De Ville “Chocolate” takes inspiration from Switzerland’s worldwide reputation in the field of chocolate-making. Like traditional watch making, Switzerland is a dominant player in confectionary industry with the presence of internationally renowned chocolate producers.
This De Ville Co-Axial chronograph model for ladies features a luxurious design that builds upon the successful 35mm case diameter. Crafted in polished 18-carat red gold or stainless steel, it has a matching bezel set with 42 diamonds (1.68 ct) that sparkle against the sumptuous background of a chocolate-coloured dial with contrasting elliptical pinkish-brown mother-of-pearl chronograph counters and small seconds sub-dial.
A “truncated sector” date window is found between 10 and 11 o’clock. Not only does this allow an uncluttered presentation of the chronograph display, but the sector configuration also allows at-a-glance reading of the date, since if the minute hand happens to be obscuring the date, the previous and following dates remain visible but truncated, leaving no doubt as to the actual date. As the ultimate touch of luxury, a diamond “briolette” (0.08 ct) is set into the crown of the watch.Between applied and facetted hour markers, the watch’s facetted and diamond-polished lozenge-shaped hands can be read off against a minute scale graduated to one quarter of a second.
The Omega De Ville “Chocolate” timepiece is equipped with the state of the art calibre 3313 chronograph movement. Using Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial technology with the free sprung-balance, which offers greater running stability, this self-winding movement is equipped with a column wheel: a ratchet wheel with columns that govern the precision operation of various levers for the chronograph functions.
As a prestige movement, the OMEGA calibre 3313 naturally has an exclusive finish with circular graining, Geneva wave decoration, rhodium-plated surfaces and gold-plated engravings, as well as a blued-steel centre screw – all visible through the transparent sapphire crystal case back. The movement’s precision is attested by its chronometer certificate issued by the official Swiss chronometer testing institute COSC. It has a power reserve of 55 hours.
Despite its distinctive look, the jewellery model nevertheless retains certain unmistakable De Ville Co-Axial characteristics, such as the distinctive stainless-steel case derived from the top-of-the-range Central Tourbillon model, with a high attention to detail evidenced by the grooves on the underside of the pushers.
The watch is also water resistant to 100m/330ft thanks to a screw-in crown with a double-gasket and a screw-in case back, the latter fitted with a transparent sapphire crystal to show off the movement. The unique dial is also protected by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on the inside.
These two luxury models are complemented by a calfskin leather strap in a unique shade of brown that matches the dial and is fitted with a matching polished 18-carat red gold or stainless-steel fold-over clasp.