As the year winds down and we enter the season of giving, Omega has released a new charity watch based on their “De Ville Trésor” collection. Since 2011 they have been supporting the international non-profit organization Orbis, which works towards preventing avoidable blindness in some of the world’s poorest regions. The sales of these sophisticated dress watches will allocate funds to help restore the gift of sight to those in need. For more information about this noble cause or to donate visit the oficial Orbis website here.The 40mm stainless-steel is characterized by its thin and elegantly shaped elements. For this Orbis edition it has been made available in two nearly identical options. The only difference between the two available models is that one comes with a polished steel bezel, while the other comes with a diamond-set bezel. On the flip-side is a transparent exhibition case back that allows to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement, which features a free-sprung balance embellished by a rhodium plated finish with Geneva waves in arabesque. All topped by a domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment on both sides. Water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (100 feet).Time is exhibited on a domed sun-brushed blue dial with a gradient effect. It features 18k white gold appliqué hour index markers (that have also been domed to properly mesh with the dials slight curvature), followed by smaller white printed minute index markers.The central hour, minutes hands have also been crafted out of 18k white gold. There is also a date aperture at the 6 o’clock position with white numerals, which Omega kept with a matching blue hue, for a more cohesive look.A few details set this edition apart from the rest of the Trésor collection. For starters the seconds hand has been colored in a light blue, as a reference to the official Orbis’ color. Plus the number 8 on the date disc has been replaced by an Orbis Teddy Bear, which represents the toy traditionally given to children undergoing eye surgery.
Omega De Ville Trésor Master Chronometer Orbis Edition
The “Omega De Ville Trésor Master Co-Axial Chronometer Orbis” (References below) is powered by the hand-wound in-house mechanical movement, Master Co-Axial caliber 8511 with 39 jewels and 25,200 vph. It comes equipped with a free-sprung balance and silicon balance spring with two barrels mounted in series. Power reserve on this watch can last up to 60 hours, when fully wound. Mounted to the watch is a blue alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by a polished steel buckle. This timepiece com in a special presentation box that includes a charming Teddy Bear key chain.
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