Launched in 2007, the De Ville X2 Co-Axial Chronograph follows in the steps of its successful square-shaped predecessor X2. Adopting the bold design cues from the 1951 Cosmic that was re-launched as a limited edition Museum Piece, the self-winding X2 is presented in an enlarged 18-carat red gold or stainless steel case that houses the handsome dial with its retro feel and oversized features.
Designers at OMEGA have enlarged the size of the X2 by two millimeters to house the new movement in a very conspicuous square-shaped case. Measuring 37 mm x 37 mm, this X2 Co-Axial Chronograph was launched in two versions: in opulent brushed and polished 18-carat red gold or sleek stainless steel.
In order to manipulate the chronograph functions, the polished symmetric rectangular pushers, reminiscent of ingots, have been placed on either side of the crown. The bezel on the 18-carat red gold model, in contrast to the lugs, has been vertically brushed. The craftsmanship is all too apparent in this superior timepiece made patent in the care that has gone into the smallest details such as the facetted triangular-shaped lugs that have been brushed and polished in keeping with the case. The luxury finish of the watch is protected by the screwed caseback that has a slight curve to sit on the wrist and has been vertically brushed and stamped with the De Ville medallion, and engraved with the words “X2” and “Co-Axial Escapement”.
The eye-catching dial of the chronograph showcases the audaciously large Roman X2 juxtaposed with Arabic numerals featured on the sub dials that lend the watch its name. The lustrous black-brown dial, achieved through a PVD (physical vapour deposition) on the red gold watch has benefited from the same technology to create the dial of its close family member, the De Ville Chronoscope. In keeping with the aesthetics of the stainless steel model, the dial is available in contrasting black or cool silver.
Like the former X2 model, the new X2 features a white painted Railway minute track with elongated white indices but, in a departure from its predecessor, the 8 hour indexes have been facetted and applied in 18-carat red gold for heightened contrast. In the case of the stainless steel model, the hour indexes have been facetted, applied and plated with rhodium or ruthenium.
The chronograph sub dials are the same as those featured on the prestigious De Ville Co-Axial Chronoscope with a 30-minute recorder set at 3 o’clock, an ingenious 12-hour counter with a double arc window set at 6 o’clock and a continuous seconds counter at 9 o’clock. The highly visible and legible counters feature applied Arabic numerals for precision chronograph readings and have a rhodium plated central chronograph and counter hands. In pride of place, the applied OMEGA logo and company name sits just under the imposing X2 at 12 o’clock.
To ensure accurate reading in even the most compromising light conditions, the Alpha hour and minute hands of the new X2 Co-Axial Chronograph have been coated with SuperLuminova. Exemplary of the level of detail, the hands on the 18-carat red gold model have been fashioned in the noble metal and polished and facetted. Those on the stainless steel watch are polished and facetted in plated rhodium or ruthenium. A domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides protects the precious dial.
This self-winding chronograph is equipped with Calibre 3202, which features OMEGA’s revolutionary and proprietary Co-Axial Escapement technology, a column wheel mechanism and a free sprung balance. The Co-Axial Escapement considerably reduces sliding friction in the escapement and offers improved long-term reliability and accuracy. It represents one of the most important advances in watch making over the last 250 years and was first introduced in OMEGA’s De Ville range. Column-wheel chronographs are widely recognized as the finest movements available and the column-wheel system is designed to ensure a smooth start to the sweep of the seconds hand. It also provides precision stop and reset functions that do not interfere with the main timekeeping function of the watch when the chronograph is activated. The OMEGA free sprung-balance is used in conjunction with the Co-Axial Escapement and is far less sensitive to shock-deformations. The regulating stability is thus improved and guaranteed over time.
With its official Swiss chronometer-testing institute certification (COSC) for accuracy and reliability, a 52-hour power reserve and water resistant to 50 m, this X2 Co-Axial Chronograph is presented with an elegant and fully integrated alligator leather strap. Available in brown alligator with black stitching, black alligator or a distressed brown-beige alligator strap, all three models have a brushed foldover clasp to match the case.