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Steven Crane

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style -

or decades, the mark of pre­ci­sion through­out the Swiss watch in­dus­try has been cer­ti­fi­ca­tion by the Of­fi­cial Swiss Chronome­ter Test­ing In­si­tute (COSC). This in­de­pen­dent Swiss in­sti­tu­tion pro­vides neu­tral and in­de­pen­dent test­ing and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion for time­keep­ing ac­cu­racy, and is the only body in Switzer­land that can grant the use of the term “chronome­ter” on a watch dial.

But Omega, a lux­ury watch com­pany with a range of Cosc­cer­ti­fied mod­els, has upped the ante with the cre­ation of the Mas­ter Chronome­ter Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion. In con­junc­tion with the Swiss Fed­eral In­sti­tute of Metrol­ogy (Me­tas), the brand has de­vel­oped new bench­marks that sub­ject its move­ments, as well as its com­pleted watches, to eight Mas­ter Chronome­ter tests over 10 days.

Each watch must pass a range of cri­te­ria that repli­cate real-life wear­ing con­di­tions, in­clud­ing im­mer­sion in wa­ter, fluc­tu­a­tions of tem­per­a­ture and ex­po­sure to mag­netic fields of 15,000 gauss.

While in­dus­try-stan­dard COSC cer­ti­fi­ca­tion re­mains an in­te­gral part of Omega’s process, the new Me­tas test­ing ef­fec­tively dou­bles the tried, tested and true stan­dard for chronome­ters, giv­ing Omega and other Swiss watch­mak­ers the means to demon­strate the qual­ity and time­keep­ing per­for­mance of their watches to a greater ex­tent than ever be­fore.

For the watch, this means over­com­ing mag­netism, less fric­tion within the move­ment, greater me­chan­i­cal ef­fi­ciency and out­stand­ing chrono­met­ric per­for­mance over time.

For the cus­tomer, this guar­an­tees that pre­ci­sion lasts longer and that there will be much longer in­ter­vals be­tween the ser­vic­ing of a time­piece. Omega is also pro­vid­ing cus­tomers with to­tal trans­parency.

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