Industry News, January 2015

Omega to Use New Whole-Watch Certification
By Donna HardyMontlanc's e-Strap

According to WatchPro, Omega has joined forces with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS) to produce a new, all-encompassing watch certification process to rival COSC.
    Omega will begin using the METAS certification process next year to test its watches using antimagnetic Master Co-Axial movement, but the process will be open to all  watchmakers.
    Nick Hayek, Swatch Group chief executive officer, Dr. Christian Bock, director of the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology, and Stephen Urquhart, president of Omega, at Geneva’s Cité du Temps announced the partnership on December 9, 2014.
    Hayek said that the partnership with METAS was the next logical step in the face of a COSC chronometer standard that he said “needs to be strengthened.”
    The new certification process will test whole watches rather than simply movements and will be carried out by the Swiss government body responsible for “all matters involving measurement and measuring procedures.”
    The process will include tests for precision during and after exposure to magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. They will have to perform within a tolerance of 0 and +5 seconds per day for autonomy (functioning without winding, measured in hours) and water resistance.
    METAS will offer the Official Certification to any watch that meets these criteria and not only to Omega or the Swatch Group.

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