Like many other members of the Swiss watch industry, Omega is no stranger to the concept of charity watches, which are created to raise awareness and raise funds in order to support a great cause. Since 2011, the Biel-based brand has been supporting international non-profit organisation Orbis, committed to preventing avoidable blindness in the world’s poorest regions. This year, Omega presents a new duo of blue-themed watches, which once again wants to make a difference. Meet the new De Ville Tresor watches for Orbis.
Orbis International is an international non-profit non-governmental organisation dedicated to saving sight worldwide. Created in 1982, its programmes focus on the prevention of blindness and the treatment of blinding eye diseases in developing countries through hands-on training, public health education, advocacy and local partnerships. Orbis capacity-building programmes have enhanced the skills of 325,000 eye care personnel and provided medical and optical treatment to more than 23.3 million people in 92 countries. Since 2011, Omega has been a proud and avid supporter of Orbis, with multiple special edition watches with part of the profits distributed to the non-profit organisation. This year, two watches are introduced and will help give wings to a Flying Eye Hospital, as it raises funds for Orbis’ dedicated team of medical professionals.
For the 2020 Orbis Editions, Omega chose its elegant De Ville Tresor watch – a model we explored here – with a 40mm stainless steel case. Both models are identical on every level, with the exception of the bezel, which is available either in polished steel or with a row of diamonds. For the rest, these watches are finely designed, with thin and shorts lugs, a box sapphire crystal and elegant curves. These are worn on a blue alligator strap closed by a polished steel buckle.
The unique character of these De Ville Tresor for Orbis is visible on their domed dials. Executed in blue with a sunray-brushed pattern, the dials are equipped with thin and curved applied indexes and hands in 18k white gold. Two features set these editions apart from the rest of the Tresor collection. First, the seconds hand is coloured in light blue, a reference to Orbis’ official colour. Second, replacing the 8 on the date disc is an Orbis Teddy Bear, a playful reference to the cuddly toys given to children undergoing eye surgery.
Inside the case is the calibre 8511, a hand-wound Chronometer Co-Axial movement with two barrels, a 60h power reserve, certified accuracy by COSC and most of Omega’s latest technologies, including a magnetic resistance to 15,000-gauss. The movement, decorated with Arabesque Geneva stripes, also features an 18k red gold balance bridge.
Each Omega De Ville Tresor Orbis comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a 5-year warranty. The watches are delivered in a special presentation box with a Teddy Bear key holder.
The Omega De Ville Tresor Orbis with polished bezel (ref. 418.104.22.168.03.001) is priced at EUR 6,400. The model with diamond-set bezel (ref. 422.214.171.124.03.001) retails for EUR 11,600. More details at www.omegawatches.com.