The Al­pha of Omega

Joezer Mandagi vis­its oMega’s Man­u­fac­ture at villeret and the faMed Metas test­ing fa­cil­ity

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rows in the clean rooms are con­nected by an au­to­mated sys­tem that would au­to­mat­i­cally de­liver un­fin­ished move­ments on spe­cial trays to wher­ever the next step of as­sem­bly would oc­cur. The sys­tem em­ploys RFID tags (which is also used in, for ex­am­ple, e-pass­ports) to keep track of each move­ment’s po­si­tion in the pro­duc­tion process and where it will need to go to next.

One par­tic­u­larly in­ter­est­ing sta­tion was the one where the main­springs were put in place. Here, one could clearly see the mo­ment a watch (still just an incomplete move­ment at this mo­ment) comes to life. From here on end un­til the watch is fin­ished,

De­spite the glare of the over­head lights and the seem­ingly un­emo­tional rou­tine per­formed by the men and women in un­flat­ter­ing clean­room suits, the mo­ment was def­i­nitely mag­i­cal.

For­ward to the FU­tUre

The man­u­fac­ture at Villeret im­pres­sively show­cased the ex­tent of Omega’s know-how and pro­duc­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties. It is at the METAS test­ing fa­cil­ity in Omega’s head­quar­ters in Bi­enne, how­ever, that the brand demon­strated how it will push bound­aries—and how it al­ready has done so.

Some back­ground info be­fore we con­tinue: Sev­eral years ago, Omega in­tro­duced the world’s first Mas­ter Chronome­ter watch, which in­volves a strin­gent set of tests done with the ap­proval and un­der the watch­ful eye of METAS. So, while the test­ing for Mas­ter Chronome­ter cer­ti­fi­ca­tion is car­ried out by Omega em­ploy­ees, the process is au­dited by METAS staff.

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