OMEGA revolutionises art of watchmaking with cutting-edge anti-magnetic movement at Master Co-Axial watch. There was plenty of magnetic allure as OMEGA is solving the longstanding challenge of ensuring that the proper functioning of its mechanical watches is not affected by magnetism. The first step in OMEGA’s Co-Axial revolution began in 1999 with the unveiling of the Co-Axial escapement; in 2007, the brand developed the calibres 8500/8501, the first in-house Co-Axial movements; and just one year ago, OMEGA announced the creation of the first truly anti-magnetic watch movement. All of these milestones in OMEGA’s history of product innovation have paved the way to the launch of most advanced mechanical movements the watch world as ever seen the OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibres. The family of exclusive movements includes Master Co-Axial calibres 8400G/8401G, 8500G, 8511G and 8520G - all of which are distinguished from their Co-Axial predecessors by their ability to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss.
In 2013, OMEGA introduced the first truly anti-magnetic watch movement, the OMEGA Co-Axial calibre 8508. Over the course of one year, OMEGA has industrialised its anti-magnetic technology and reintroduced it in a vibrant range of timepieces with various sizes and styles. Unlike other efforts to combat the effects of magnetism, these movements do not rely on a protective container inside the watchcase but on the use of selected non-ferromagnetic materials in the movement itself. The first important step toward creating an anti-magnetic movement began in 2008 with the launch of the Si14 silicon balance spring.
The staffs and pivots of this upgraded calibre are made of Nivagauss™; the steel plates found in the Co-Axial escapement have been replaced with non-magnetic plates; and the spring of the shock absorber has been crafted from an amorphous material. In time, this exclusive world premiere technology will equip the wristwatches in all of OMEGA’s storied watch families. In addition to their impressive magnetic resistance, the OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibres feature OMEGA’s free-sprung balance system, three-level Co-Axial escapement and special luxury design elements including a rhodium-plated rotor and bridge decorated with Geneva waves in arabesque. The reliability and timekeeping performance of the OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibres over time is such that each watch equipped with one of these extraordinary mechanical movements is offered with a full four-year warranty.
“OMEGA’s revolutionary anti-magnetic movement is another technological milestone in our longstanding tradition of precision watchmaking. Meeting the challenge of the effect of magnetic fields on watches effectively solved a problem that has perplexed clock- and watchmakers for centuries." Said Jean-Claude Monachon, OMEGA Vice President and Head of Product Development.