Introduced in 2007, this De Ville chronometer wristwatch places the tourbillon in the centre of the movement and as is fitting of such an achievement, the tourbillon and its Co-Axial escapement are visible through the dial. The materials and aesthetics match the daring of this mechanical innovation: the tourbillon cage is made of titanium and the bridges and plates are finished in a striking chocolate brown colour. The movement is housed in a 38.7 mm 18-carat red gold case with matching red gold hands, screws and wheels.
OMEGA has been producing tourbillons since 1947 and the Central Tourbillon is a testimony to the company’s knowledge and craftsmanship. Its intricate construction and reduced size make this mechanism a rarity much sought after by serious collectors of horological masterpieces.
The unusual and intriguing dial of this unique watch is a work of art in its own right and adds a modern twist to the beauty of the tourbillon, which is visible in its entirety through the sapphire glass with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The sapphire glass dial reveals the exceptional level of thought and detail that has gone into this timepiece. The colour of the hands and screws matches the 18-carat red gold of the seconds track and hour markers; however, adding a contemporary look, the plate and bridges are an unusual rich brown colour. This is achieved using a treatment of PVD-physical vapour deposition. Sun brushing the metal creates additional texture and adds depth to the bridges.
The tourbillon takes pride of place in full view at the centre of the watch and makes one revolution every minute. The seconds hand is mounted on the tourbillon cage and matching the red gold motif of this watch, an Alpha-shaped red gold insert is set into the tip of the hand. This seconds hand sweeps over the small etched dots that make up the red gold seconds track. With the tourbillon mechanism in full view at the centre of the watch, a unique system is used to display the time. Gold Alpha-style hour and minute hands are etched on to two separate sapphire discs with an anti-reflective treatment on both sides. The two discs rotate around the centre axis to display the time. Facetted and diamond polished solid gold indexes are applied at 12, 3 and 6 o’clock.
Although the tourbillon was invented over two centuries ago for pocket watch movements, the Central Tourbillon Co-Axial boasts 21st century watch making innovations. The tourbillon cage is made of lightweight and highly resistant titanium and now further improved by the Co-Axial escapement.
OMEGA’s Calibre 2635 is a self-winding movement with a 45-hour power reserve. The Co-Axial escapement, exclusive and proprietary OMEGA technology, represents one of the most important advances in watchmaking over the last 250 years and considerably reduces friction in the heart of the watch mechanism for improved long-term reliability and accuracy.
Performance is further enhanced by a free-sprung balance that allows for more precise adjustments of the watch. Such is the precision of this timepiece that it has been officially certified as a chronometer by the COSC or Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres.
The crown located at 3 o’clock is for winding the movement while the second crown located on the case back is for setting the time. Each Omega Central Tourbillon is personalised with an individual serial number and the words ‘Tourbillon’ engraved on the case back.
For all Central Tourbillon models, the classic De Ville Co-Axial case guarantees water resistance to 30 metres/100 feet. The Central Tourbillon Co-Axial watch is available exclusively in an 18-carat red gold case and matching foldover clasp on brown alligator leather strap.
As a rare example of a self-winding tourbillon movement, the Omega Central Tourbillon Co-Axial watch comes in its own presentation box in the form of a watch winder. This rotating box ensures that the watch stays fully wound even when it is not being worn.