The special edition De Ville X2 Red Square was launched in 2006 to celebrate the grand opening of Omega’s boutique in Moscow. Omega’s exclusive Co-Axial Escapement technology powers the movement of this imposing 18-ct. red gold De Ville special edition, the X2 “Red Square” Co-Axial chronometer.
It was in 1899, that for the first time the Swiss watchmaker Omega established itself in Russia with the delivery of the official watch, a Lepine 18’’’ LOB, of the Riga electric tramway company. One hundred and seven years later, in 2006, Omega opened a flagship store in the heart of Moscow in the famous GUM department store, located on the Red Square.
This Neo-Russian building was built at the end of the 19th century by Alexander Pomerantsev and takes up almost the entire eastern side of the Red Square. Today, the GUM counts more than one thousand designer and luxury boutiques.
The X2 was inspired by the 1951 Cosmic that was originally housed in a smaller (33mm x 33mm) case. The model was re-launched in 2001 as a limited edition “Museum” piece of which only 1,951 examples were produced. Featuring the Cosmic’s distinctive styling and equipped with exclusive Co-Axial Escapement technology, the De Ville X2 “Red Square” is a masculine timepiece with dimensions 35mm x 35mm.
The X2’s name refers to the juxtaposition of the audaciously large gold Roman and Arabic numerals on the four-hour markers. Self-assured design gestures such as this, combined with fine workmanship are the key to the X2’s intriguing looks. On the dial the three dimensional, highly polished applied numerals, Omega logo and name are all crafted out of 18-ct red gold.
The 18-ct red gold dial has a vertically brushed-gold finish which offsets the black painted “railway” minute track, with its polished and brushed minute-circle, and the polished window of the small seconds’ sector at six o’clock. Exemplary of the level of detail on the dial, the ‘Alpha’-styled minute and hour hands are facetted and diamond-polished and like the small seconds skeleton hand are all fashioned in 18-ct red gold.
The contrast of the play of light between the lustre of the polished finish and the brushed-gold edges soften the strong lines of the robust case. Even the lugs are facetted and then polished and brushed to match the finishes of the case and together, create a harmonious whole.
The De Ville X2 Red Square timepiece is equipped with the self-winding Omega calibre 2610. This officially certified chronometer (COSC) movement has a 48-hour power reserve and is fitted with Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial Escapement and the Omega free-sprung balance.
This prestigious and high performance superlative chronometer also boasts luxurious finishes such as decorated bridges. The case back of the watch is decorated with a vertically brushed satin finish and a medallion of Chronos, the Greek god of time, and the legend ‘X2 Co-Axial Escapement’. The case also bears the limited series number of the piece which was produced in a limited series of 99 pieces as strictly a boutique edition.
The familiar facetted and diamond-polished Alpha hands are coated with a luminous finish to ensure optimum visibility at night. The domed sapphire crystal is scratch-resistant and has a multiple-layer, anti-reflective treatment on the inside of the glass and is water resistant to 50 meters/167ft.
The X2 “Red Square” timepiece has a high-gloss black alligator leather strap that is integrated into the case between the lugs and a brushed 18-ct red gold fold-over clasp ensures the watch remains securely fastened yet offers maximum comfort to the wearer.