On January 17, 2013, local time, Omega held a press conference in Cité du Temps, Switzerland, announcing that it has developed a model that can resist more than 1.5 Tesla (15,000 Gauss) The strong magnetic field of the new movement, its anti-magnetic performance is far better than any previous models, so that the watchmaking industry has been troubled by centuries of anti-magnetic problems.
At the press conference, Raynald Aeschlimann, vice president of Omega and member of the Swatch Group’s extended management committee, formally introduced the brand’s innovations to the media present. Omega Vice President and Product Development Director Jean-Claude Monachon, Swatch Group Research Lab CEO Michel Willemin, ETA R & D Director Thierry Conus ), Mathieu Oulevey, ETA Tribology and Materials Engineer, attended the conference.
Mr. An Shiwen said at the press conference that the Swatch Group brainstormed and brought together top engineers and researchers from the brand and its various companies to enable them to exhibit their strengths and achieve remarkable results. He said: ‘All the protagonists in this innovation are here today-not only our colleagues from Omega, but also our partners from ASULAB and ETA. Today we can introduce this important research and development result to everyone. , Their creativity and enthusiasm have contributed. ‘
The research and development team created the first sample movement with innovative anti-magnetic technology and carried it in an Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra watch. Different from the anti-magnetic method used by the watchmaking industry to set a magnetic shield inside the case, this innovative Omega movement is made of unique non-ferrous metal materials selected by the brand, which can be fundamentally protected from magnetic fields. This new movement is applying for several patents.
Mr. Monaghan introduced to the media the long tradition of Omega technology innovation, and showed many innovation highlights of Omega since 1894. In addition, he pointed out that ‘magnetism’ has always been a difficult problem for watchmakers, and there are more magnets in modern daily life than ever before. Watchmakers have to deal with the magnetization of their watches often, because their performance is impaired when exposed to magnetic fields, and they must be demagnetized. Now this problem will be completely solved with the advent of this movement.
Mr. Monaghan stated that Nicholas G. Hayek, President of the Swatch Group, has specified an arduous task for Omega-developing a completely non-magnetic movement. Today, Omega and many brother companies Engineers, scientists, and metallurgists worked together to successfully complete this difficult challenge.
Mr. Michel Willem focused on the ‘magnetism’ in daily life, and briefly introduced ‘magnet’ and ‘magnetism’ to the media here. He also pointed out that with the development of the times, the magnetic force of permanent magnets in daily life has increased. This is one of the main reasons why Omega developed this anti-magnetic movement.
Thierry Conners describes how the watchmaking world has dealt with ‘magnetic’ issues, including designing antimagnetic inner cases to reduce the effects of magnetic fields. He pointed out that these methods have great limitations, not only cannot cope with the enhanced magnetic force of permanent magnets, but also aesthetically, these methods make it impossible to see the beauty of the movement. Later, he also played a short video showing that an ordinary mechanical movement would stop immediately when exposed to a strong magnetic field, and accuracy was seriously affected. And the performance of this Omega sample movement is amazing, even if it is placed in a stronger magnetic field (15,000 Gauss), it can still travel normally. Test results show that this watch is not affected by its precision after being exposed to a strong magnetic field, and its performance is as outstanding as before.
Subsequently, Omega also conducted live demonstrations, and the convincing results strongly proved that this innovative Omega antimagnetic anti-magnetic movement has set a new milestone for the world watchmaking industry.
Omega will officially release this innovative technology at the Basel International Watch & Jewellery Show in April 2013, and this new movement, the Omega 8508 coaxial movement, is expected to be officially launched in 2013.