The Omega Master Chronometer is about the quest for the most ideal development. Not the most complex development, not the one with the most highlights, or the craziest complications. No. With the Master Chronometer, Omega needed to make a standard development that will perform to a similar undeniable level in each circumstance, in each climate, in each conceivable condition. Warmth, chilly, attractive fields, shocks… Everything you can envision has been tried, ensuring precision, unwavering quality and proficiency, regular and all over the place. In all honesty, this is a truly serious deal, more critical even than any tourbillon. Not just has Omega spent years on research and advancement, it has also made a totally better approach to confirm these watches. Today, we bring you where no camera has at any point been previously; inside the Omega Master Chronometer Certification facilities.
We wanted to comprehend why Omega chose to make the Master Chronometer development and the affirmation cycle that goes along with it. We likewise needed to see first-hand, step by step, how the Omega Master Chronometer watches are tried and ensured, what systems are followed and obviously what the ultimate results are. So, we asked Andreas Hobmeier, Omega Vice-President Procurement and Production (or in more straightforward terms, the head of creation at Omega Watches) to take us on a visit, clarifying all the subtleties en route, and obviously we took our cameras with us. Well, as it ends up, the cycle of the accreditation is so involved and complex, that we wound up with a TV-style documentary.
About the Omega Master Chronometer
Why has Omega built up a pristine sort of Chronometer, unique in relation to the typical COSC confirmation? Indeed, the COSC certifies movements (not looks) for accuracy, in 5 positions and at a few temperatures, ensuring the great running of the watch over the length of its power hold. To pass, developments need to run within a – 4s/+6s each day deviation. However, there are numerous aspects COSC doesn’t take in thought. Right off the bat, it tests developments and not watches, implying that varieties can show up once the development is cased up. The principle other drawback is that COSC doesn’t consider one of the primary issues of our present lives; attractive fields.
Magnetic fields are perhaps the greatest test confronting today’s mechanical watches. Increasingly, watch proprietors are expecting to send their watches into administration habitats for demagnification. It’s not a complex issue to fix however it but it is tedious and irritating for the proprietor, in addition to it’s always better to maintain a strategic distance from if conceivable. Tablets, cell phones, microwaves, acceptance cooking plates and even air terminal security checks can influence a watch’s precision, even expensive ones, thanks to the attractive fields they use. At the point when you take a gander at the number of gadgets are utilizing attractive fields these day, it’s not hard to imagine that the polarization of a watch can without much of a stretch happen, just by day by day use. Maintaining a strategic distance from this issue was urgent for Omega.
While against attractive watches have been around for a very long while, the customary thought has consistently been to ensure the development by placing a substantial, and space-devouring, faraday confine around it. This outcomes in several disadvantages: bigger watches, heavier cases, no chance of a date window, and no way to display the development through the caseback. Omega’s thought was to make the development (and not the watch) against magnetic. The first significant advance toward making an enemy of attractive development started in 2008, with the dispatch of the Si14 silicon balance spring. However, this was adequately not. To have the whole development hostile to attractive, Omega needed to go further. The staffs and turns in these overhauled types are made of Nivagauss; the steel plates found in the Co-Axial development have been supplanted with non-attractive plates; and the spring of the safeguard has been made from an indistinct material. That implies that all parts that ought to generally steer clear of attraction, have been supplanted with anti-attractive materials.
Alongside the exploration on attraction, Omega also relies on the entirety of its other innovations from the past few years, the principle one being obviously the Co-Axial escapement, which is presently sent on all the developments of the brand (with the exception of the type 1861 in the Speedmaster). This particular kind of escapement has nothing to do with the counter attractive properties
The Omega Master Chronometer developments will presently be chronometer guaranteed yet additionally confirmed against attractive fields up to 15,000 Gauss (which compares to what you’ll find in a MRI and a worth that is multiple times more than what a certain competitor, protected against 1,000 Gauss, can do with a faraday confine). This idea was first investigated with the Omega De Ville Trésor , the Seamaster 300 Master Co-Axial (the name of which later changed) and the Seamaster Aqua Terra Master Co-Axial. When the confirmation interaction was characterized, the terminology changed to Omega Master Chronometer, an idea dispatched authoritatively in the Omega Globemaster, the first Master Chronometer on the planet .
About the Omega Master Chronometer Certification (and METAS)
Having made these new kinds of developments, with their antimagnetic properties, Omega needed to locate another approach to test and confirm them. They needed to go farther than standard COSC certificate, something that has been finished with the Omega Master Chronometer Certification, with rules set up along with METAS, the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology .
It’s imperative to note that “Master Chronometer” is reserved by METAS, not by Omega. In spite of the fact that there were some extraordinary conversations about this, Omega and the Swatch Group perceived the significance of making this accreditation accessible to different companies. It implies that different brands can utilize this equivalent certificate measure for their watches. All things considered, the unavoidable issue is: who else can construct developments and watches of a similar exactness and hostile to attractive capacity as Omega sooner rather than later? Presumably nobody, thinking about the huge measure of innovative work required. As of now, Omega is the selective client of the Master Chronometer Certification, and, as we would see it, this will probably be the case for a couple of more years.
Just all things considered however, METAS isn’t ensuring the watches. They essentially characterized the standards to acquire the certificate and the techniques that should be followed. As you can find in the video, the testing methods are undertaken internally by Omega, under supervision by METAS representatives (who have their own, autonomous office inside the testing facilities). Machines are tried and aligned by METAS. A METAS analyst is nearby at all times and screens the cycle for irregularities and deviations. He/she does that by means of measurable investigation of the multitude of producer’s outcomes. The expert likewise does arbitrary examining and re-tests.
Yet, COSC has not been cut out of the Omega Master Chronometer Certification measure either. Although there had been some interior discussion about the benefit of keeping COSC certificate all the while, it was chosen not to surrender the COSC accreditation. Hence, Omega developments are as yet confirmed as chronometers by COSC and get their authority chronometer leaflet.
What about the Omega Master Chronometer Certification Process?
1. Normal DAILY PRECISION OF THE WATCH
This trials more than 4 days and checks the day by day accuracy of the watch, in actuality, wearing conditions. The watch is at first positioned in six unique positions and two exchanging temperatures, at that point presented to attraction of 15,000 gauss, at that point demagnetized, at that point at long last checked again in the equivalent varying positions and temperatures. For each progression, a photo is taken of the watch and checked 24 hours after the fact for precision against UTC time.
2. Capacity OF COSC-APPROVED MOVEMENT DURING EXPOSURE TO 15,000 GAUSS MAGNETIC FIELD
This test looks at the development of the watch just, putting it in two distinct positions, and exposing it to an attractive power of 15,000 gauss. During a period of 30 seconds in each position, the working of the development is discernibly checked utilizing a microphone.
3. Capacity OF WATCH DURING EXPOSURE TO 15,000 GAUSS MAGNETIC FIELD
This test is like the second. In this step however, rather than simply the development being tried, the whole watch is exposed to attractive fields of 15,000 gauss, with the working being checked via sound. In the present current world, attraction is surrounding us, in spots like tablets, telephones, hairdryers and even the metallic catches of ladies’ purses. Mechanical watches without against attractive development can endure long haul consequences for their precision when presented to these attractive fields.
4. DEVIATION OF DAILY PRECISION AFTER EXPOSURE TO 15,000 GAUSS MAGNETIC FIELD
This test works out the normal deviation of the watch between day 2 and 3 of the primary test. The outcome shows the every day accuracy of the watch when openness to an attractive field of 15,000 gauss.
5. WATER RESISTANCE
This test lowers the watch submerged, slowly applying more pressing factor up the purpose of the expressed water obstruction. For specific watches, it likewise goes past. This guarantees that each watch is appropriately tried for submerged conditions.
6. Force RESERVE
This test checks the force hold of the watch by taking pictures toward the start and end of as far as possible. Checking any deviation once more, this demonstrates that each watch capacities precisely for its expressed time. For wearers, it’s important to realize that, even following an end of the week on the bedside table, your watch will in any case be performing well.
7. DEVIATION OF RATE BETWEEN 100% AND 33% OF POWER RESERVE
This test places the watch in six distinct positions, like each side of a dice. With the watch at full force, the watch goes through 30 seconds in each position, with normal accuracy recorded via sound . The force hold is then diminished by 66% and checked once more, to guarantee that exactness is kept in any event, when the watch isn’t at full power.
8. DEVIATION OF RATE IN SIX POSITIONS
This test is like the past test, and checks for any deviation in the running time when the watch is put in six unique positions, comparative again to each side of a dice. With 30 seconds in each position, the outcomes are recorded through sound. By setting a watch in various positions, we can guarantee a watch’s exhibition regardless of what the wearer is doing, whether it’s sitting at a work area or effectively playing sport.