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Swiss Watch Gallery: An Exclusive Look at OMEGA’s Newest Factory

AT THE HEART OF OMEGA’S SOLAR POWERED FACTORY IS A FIREPROOF STORAGE SYSTEM, CONTAINING OVER 30, 000 BOXES OF WATCH PARTS MOVED BY ROBOTIC ARMS THAT TRAVEL WITH SPEED AND NEVER MISSES A BEAT.

AT THE HEART OF OMEGA’S SOLAR POWERED FACTORY IS A FIREPROOF STORAGE SYSTEM, CONTAINING OVER 30, 000 BOXES OF WATCH PARTS MOVED BY ROBOTIC ARMS THAT TRAVEL WITH SPEED AND NEVER MISSES A BEAT.

The Doors Are Opened

Signaling the next chapter in its renowned history of innovation and manufacturing excellence, OMEGA is proud to officially open the newest production building at its HQ site in Bienne, Switzerland.

The new factory represents the industry’s most cutting-edge facility for watch assembly, training and quality control. Designed by the inspiring and award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, it is an eco-friendly masterpiece built entirely from Swiss spruce and concrete. Inside, OMEGA has used the 5 floors of space in the most effective way possible, bringing technical innovation and human expertise together for a fully streamlined manufacturing process.

The key benefit for OMEGA is efficiency. This new building now combines all of the brand’s assembly and testing processes under one roof. It is a complete consolidation of work, meaning that the company’s overall output will become more productive and dynamic than ever before.

In addition to this, the building is designed for training purposes, enabling OMEGA to sharpen and constantly improve the skills of the staff inside. As a new generation of watch buyers emerges, OMEGA has revolutionised its facilities with this exciting development, all in readiness to meet their demands.

The Technology Inside

OMEGA’s watchmaking has long been at the forefront of the industry. A glimpse inside its newest building reveals how human expertise is now interacting with robotic assistance at the very highest level.

At the core of the building, OMEGA has installed a fully automated storage system that rises up through 3 floors of the building. Like something from a science-fiction movie, the fireproofed central stock contains over 30,000 boxes filled with all the necessary parts required for the brand’s watchmaking. Visitors to the building can marvel at the storage system and its robotic arms in action through specially built windows.

Only two specially trained people are authorized to enter the central stock system. This is because the oxygen inside has been reduced to 15.2% to ensure that fires cannot start or spread.

In addition to this, there are several other examples of technology which prove the superb efficiency of OMEGA’s manufacturing today. This includes the robotic arms and systems used for the Master Chronometer testing. For humans, the physical transportation and organisation of the watches is a monotonous and time-consuming job. That’s why OMEGA’s huge robotic arms are completely customised to fulfill the task. By measuring, photographing, winding, shifting and spinning the watches, the robotic arms provide OMEGA with a consistent and constant level of operation. It’s a beautiful assembly line that never misses a beat.

But that’s not to say that the human touch is not needed. While the menial tasks have been given to the robots, OMEGA’s staff can concentrate fully on the testing results and making sure that every watch is finely-tuned and ready for the customer.

The new home of METAS Testing

Importantly, OMEGA’s new factory has been created to house OMEGA’s quality and technical control processes, including the METAS testing for Master Chronometer certification. All technology for the 8 METAS tests can be found on the 3rd floor, including the powerful magnets that subject each watch to a field of 15,000 gauss. It is here that OMEGA will certify its watches at the industry’s highest standard for precision, performance and magnetic resistance.

The Doors Are Opened

Signaling the next chapter in its renowned history of innovation and manufacturing excellence, OMEGA is proud to officially open the newest production building at its HQ site in Bienne, Switzerland.

The new factory represents the industry’s most cutting-edge facility for watch assembly, training and quality control. Designed by the inspiring and award-winning Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, it is an eco-friendly masterpiece built entirely from Swiss spruce and concrete. Inside, OMEGA has used the 5 floors of space in the most effective way possible, bringing technical innovation and human expertise together for a fully streamlined manufacturing process.

The key benefit for OMEGA is efficiency. This new building now combines all of the brand’s assembly and testing processes under one roof. It is a complete consolidation of work, meaning that the company’s overall output will become more productive and dynamic than ever before.

In addition to this, the building is designed for training purposes, enabling OMEGA to sharpen and constantly improve the skills of the staff inside. As a new generation of watch buyers emerges, OMEGA has revolutionised its facilities with this exciting development, all in readiness to meet their demands.

The Technology Inside

OMEGA’s watchmaking has long been at the forefront of the industry. A glimpse inside its newest building reveals how human expertise is now interacting with robotic assistance at the very highest level.

At the core of the building, OMEGA has installed a fully automated storage system that rises up through 3 floors of the building. Like something from a science-fiction movie, the fireproofed central stock contains over 30,000 boxes filled with all the necessary parts required for the brand’s watchmaking. Visitors to the building can marvel at the storage system and its robotic arms in action through specially built windows.

Only two specially trained people are authorized to enter the central stock system. This is because the oxygen inside has been reduced to 15.2% to ensure that fires cannot start or spread.

In addition to this, there are several other examples of technology which prove the superb efficiency of OMEGA’s manufacturing today. This includes the robotic arms and systems used for the Master Chronometer testing. For humans, the physical transportation and organisation of the watches is a monotonous and time-consuming job. That’s why OMEGA’s huge robotic arms are completely customised to fulfill the task. By measuring, photographing, winding, shifting and spinning the watches, the robotic arms provide OMEGA with a consistent and constant level of operation. It’s a beautiful assembly line that never misses a beat.

But that’s not to say that the human touch is not needed. While the menial tasks have been given to the robots, OMEGA’s staff can concentrate fully on the testing results and making sure that every watch is finely-tuned and ready for the customer.

The new home of METAS Testing

Importantly, OMEGA’s new factory has been created to house OMEGA’s quality and technical control processes, including the METAS testing for Master Chronometer certification. All technology for the 8 METAS tests can be found on the 3rd floor, including the powerful magnets that subject each watch to a field of 15,000 gauss. It is here that OMEGA will certify its watches at the industry’s highest standard for precision, performance and magnetic resistance.