Omega presents the Laboratoire de Précision

For more than 50 years, the main destination for any mechanical movement in Switzerland after assembly has been COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres), who grants the official “certified chronometer” title. Since beginning April, the Laboratoire de Précision will also function like COSC, officially authorised by the Swiss Accreditation Service (SAS) to carry out alternative and independent testing.

Offering an exceptional new level of precision, it has been created by Omega. It is completely neutral and independent. It offering chronometric testing opportunities for all brands and movement manufacturers.

This neutrality and integrity was a specific requirement of its accreditation as a "testing Laboratory according to ISO/IEC17025:2017" by the Swiss Accreditation Service – a unique body in Switzerland authorized to deliver such an approval. For customers, this officially guarantees that the Laboratoire de Précision will pursue reliable, independent, and impartial testing of watch movements. Measuring movements according to the standard ISO 3159 “Timekeeping instruments – Wrist-chronometers with spring balance oscillator”, most commonly known as "chronometer", is one of the testing methods that the Laboratoire de Précision is accredited for.

Amongst standard chronometric equipment, the Laboratoire de Précision has developed flexible in-house technologies that enable uninterrupted high precision measurements within tailored conditions such as varying positions and temperatures.

This means that it can go much further than today’s industry standard, taking more accurate measurements during the 15 days of chronometer testing, according to the standard ISO 3159. They will be extremely comprehensive, and most importantly, continuous throughout all 15 days – unlike the current method, which only takes precision measurements every 24 hours. At the Laboratoire de Précision, every beat of the calibre is measured and assessed, with a measurement accuracy ten times higher than the industry standard. The amount of data gathered during the tests, through industrial methods and big data analyses, will allow a brand or movement manufacturer to understand the chronometric performance of all its calibres much deeper than ever before, while also helping to improve overall chronometric excellence.

For the watchmaking brand, the arrival of the Laboratoire de Précision represents a great leap forward in precision standards. For example, the recent milestone precision of its Spirate System not only delivers outstanding technology in watchmaking, but it also demands the latest technology in measuring systems. With access to extensive data and crucial technical details, Omega will now be able to analyse and improve its calibres for the future and refine the small margins that can determine its reputation.

Importantly, this operation also allows Omega to better integrate chronometric testing into its own supply chain. As part of the Swatch Group, Omega is committed to using the internal savoir-faire and expertise within reach, to improve its overall standards of excellence.

The Laboratoire de Précision will have two sites in Switzerland, one in Biel/Bienne and the second in Villeret, together creating a dedicated space of more than 1,000m2 for chronometric testing.

April 18, 2024