Omega Master Co-Axial Calibers Arrive: What Does it mean?

How the Omega Master Co-Axial works…

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You may have noticed in my features on the 2014 Omega collection that the calibers this year are not quite as they have been in the past.  Of course you all know about Omega’s “co-axial” technology, so what is new this year?  The Master Co-Axial.  As anticipated when it announced its caliber 8508 a year ago, Omega’s new breakthrough anti-magnetic technology was not a one-off development — Omega was planning to bring the technology into ALL of Omega’s new calibers.  2014 marks the beginning of this, hence the name and dial notation “Master Co-Axial”.

What Does Omega Master Co-Axial Mean?

The OMEGA Master Co-Axial calibres are distinguished from their predecessors by their ability to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss. The first important step toward creating an antimagnetic movement began in 2008 with the launch of the Si14 silicon balance spring. The staffs and pivots in these upgraded calibres are made of Nivagauss™; the steel plates found in the Co-Axial movement have been replaced with non-magnetic plates; and the spring of the shock absorber has been crafted from an anamorphous material.

Omega Master Co-Axial overview of convential Omega technology

Omega Master Co-Axial overview of convential technology

Omega Master Co-Axial schematic

Omega Master Co-Axial technology schematic

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The introduction of this new class of calibres , which differ from their predecessors in their ability to resist magnetic fields greater than 15,000 gauss, marks a dramatic step forward in terms of robustness and reliability of OMEGA’s flagship mechanical movement, both in men’s and women’s watches.

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OMEGA president Stephen Urquhart said, “Our Master Co-Axial mechanical movements have set a new quality standard for the brand and for the industry. In the years to come, the anti-magnetic technology will be a part of every one of our exclusive, proprietary calibres. With these movements, the magnetic fields that can compromise the performance of every watch are no longer an issue.”

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So how will the watch consumer perceive and value this technology that is henceforth standard in Omega movements?  Well, that remains to be seen.  One thing is for sure — Omega has invested a hefty sum in this innovation, and you will be hearing a LOT more about it in years to come.