Today, Omega just unveiled their brand new eco-friendly premises designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. Located next to the brand’s historical building where the brand is headquartered, the new factory was inaugurated today (Editor’s note: November 2, 2017) and it is an important step for the brand, allowing it to centralise its forces, hitherto spread out between various sites. No revolution there (which Omega does not need) but an evolution bringing watch assembly training and quality control (T2/T3/T4 for those familiar with the Swatch Group production flows), under one roof, and providing a cutting-edge setting to operate the brand’s production activities.
The technology used inside the building is indeed impressive. This is evident with watchmakers and operators’ workplaces benefiting from robotic assistance at the highest level, but also with the organization of the workflow and control procedures. The central stock is fully automated and has a storage capacity of 30,000 boxes stored in a volume of 3,660 cubic meters.
The New Home of METAS Testing
The new Omega Factory houses Omega’s quality and technical control processes, including the METAS testing for Master Chronometer certification during which Omega certifies its watches at stringent standards for precision, performance and magnetic resistance to 15,000 gauss. For more information, watch our in-depth video here.
The Omega factory in 1965… On the right side, the old building where the new one has been built
The new production building is located Rue Stampfli. Where “Louis Brand & Fils”, known today as Omega Watches, moved its manufacturing activities in 1882. It is also a statement, sending a clear signal about Omega’s development plans and about how the brands invests to meet its ambitious quality standards – In this respect, visiting the facilities tells a lot about the meticulous obsession with quality at Omega – not that you would expect anything else from the brand. This is deeply ingrained in the company’s culture resulting in products of superlative quality… When Nasa or CIO looked for watch suppliers or timing partners, it is not by chance that they ended up selecting Omega!
More details on www.omegawatches.com.