BY DHANANJAY PATHAK
A dress watch does not generally get me excited that easily as for the most part I find them to be quite understated and a bit too plain for my tastes. But the recently released new Omega Trésor watches have had me scratching my head. Featuring a couple of interesting case and dial variations combined along with a manually wound METAS certified movement these new elegant beauties seem to pack a solid punch.
The major highlight of the new Trésor line has to be the stunning domed dials. There are two options we choose to cover in this article from all the new variations: a beautiful grey enamel dial or a blue dial with a unique brass stamped pattern. The enamel dial has been created using the Grand Feu technique wherein different oxides are first applied to the dial, which is the kiln fired at high temperatures to achieve the desired color and texture. Complementing the grey and blue dials are applied baton-style indices which have been rendered in Sedna and white gold respectively and have also been slightly curved to match the shape of the dial. The baton style handset follows the shape of the applied markers and gives the dial an elegant and cohesive appearance. Finally, you have the ever-controversial date complication which surprisingly makes its way on the blue dial variant only. While I am myself not a big fan of a date on a watch I feel that Omega has done a neat job by positioning the trapezoidal date window just above 6 in order to keep the overall symmetry of the dial intact.
The case on the new Omega Trésor watches is made from either 18kt yellow gold, 18 kt Sedna gold or stainless steel. It features smooth flowing curves which accentuate the classic look of this watch. Coming in at a diameter of 40mm the case is well sized and should wear comfortably on a variety of wrists supported by the downward curving lugs. Both front and back of the watch are protected by a sapphire crystal and the water resistant to only 30 meters which is apt for a watch of this type.
Powering these new watches are Omega’s latest highly accurate and robust hand-wound METAS certified movements. The Steel version is driven by the Caliber 8910 whereas the Sedna gold version uses the Caliber 8289 which is basically the same as the 8910 but has a Sedna gold balance bridge. Both movements feature a free sprung balance wheel and a Si14, are anti-magnetic to 15000 Gauss and offer an autonomy of 72 hours. They are also beautifully decorated with blackened screws and arabesque Geneva striping, and can be appreciated through the exhibition case back.
Every watch collection needs a good dress watch and these new Trésor watches are some of the best (both aesthetically and technically) that your money can buy. The watches come attached to matching leather straps with the Sedna gold variant priced at CHF 13,900 and the Steel variant coming in at CHF 6,000.
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