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The Swatch Group have raised eye­brows with the news that Omega, one of their many brands, will for­sake COSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion in favour of be­ing “Of­fi­cially Cer­ti­fied” by METAS – the Fed­eral Of­fice of Metrol­ogy, in­stead. The Swiss gov­ern­ment con­trolled METAS agency is en­gaged in many sciences that need pre­cise mea­sure­ments, deal­ing in ev­ery­thing from elec­tric­ity and op­tics through to fre­quency and, of course, time. In­ter­est­ingly, METAS is re­spon­si­ble for the dis­sem­i­na­tion of the of­fi­cial time in Switzer­land – so, in the land of high horol­ogy, that’s a pretty im­pres­sive or­gan­i­sa­tion to be aligned with.

METAS is a larger and broader or­gan­i­sa­tion than the Of­fi­cial Swiss Chronome­ter Test­ing In­sti­tute (or Con­trôle Of­fi­ciel Suisse des Chronomètres - COSC), but COSC is em­bed­ded in the watch in­dus­try as a by­word or sym­bol for su­perla­tive qual­ity. The move will mean that Omega can save time in the pro­duc­tion process, and a COSC cer­ti­fied watch re­quires test­ing twice, as once be­fore be­ing sub­mit­ted to check if it will pass, and once to ac­tu­ally pass. This will ul­ti­mately equate to sub­stan­tial cost sav­ings, es­pe­cially as Omega are ex­pand­ing the use of their Master CoAx­ial tech­nol­ogy, dis­tinct in the use of unique es­cape­ments and anti-mag­netic prop­er­ties. The clear dif­fer­ence be­tween METAS cer­ti­fi­ca­tion and COSC is that METAS con­duct more specif­i­cally de­signed tests for mag­netic re­sis­tance. For every­day watch wear­ers, the long-term ac­cu­racy of a me­chan­i­cal watch might be im­proved by be­ing METAS cer­ti­fied, but only to a level that you would never need nor no­tice – un­less you are sub­jected to the ex­traor­di­nar­ily pow­er­ful mag­netic fields on a daily ba­sis.

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