METAS will also monitor the production equipment, which – when it comes to Omega testing the anti-magnetic properties of its Co-Axial Master Chronometer movements – is a massive magnet (that weighs 1,500 kilos or around 3,300 pounds) that was developed by Omega and is designed to create a permanent magnetic field that is over 15,000 gauss strong. METAS, beyond its other duties in the certification process, checks and confirms the strength of this movement. Basically, the new METAS certification is not only arguably more stringent than COSC, but it is specifically designed test for magnetic resistance.
Today, Omega has announced some very exciting news in regard to how it will certify the performance and accuracy of their timepieces with in-house produced movements. In short, Swiss Omega will continue to submit its chronometer designated movements to COSC Chronometer certification tests but, after casing up the COSC certified movements, it will put these Co-Axial Master Chronometer watches through a series of in-house tests which received a comprehensive certification by the Swiss government controlled METAS agency. One major reason for this is that moving forward more and more Omega watches will contain the company's Co-Axial Master Chronometer technology which includes both a unique type of escapement as well as anti-magnetic properties. According to parent company Swatch Group, Omega is about to offer what possibly is the most comprehensive and extensive way of certifying a mechanical watch. Let's see what all this means in practice.
There are several different variations of the Devon Works Tread 2 available, and we had the "Shining" variant in, which has a high-polish case (and other shiny bits), available at a price of ,950. While this may not be the watch for the mechanical purists, this is the sort of watch that really makes me remember why I was drawn to watches in the first place. This is why it hit that lofty personal ranking I mentioned at the outset of the review.
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The Mexican and South American watch aficionado is a curiously surprising entity, and it was, in fact, a pleasure to be around them. Perhaps the most surprising thing about the Spanish-speaking watch lovers I encountered was their incredible interest in details and mechanics above things like status and brand. In Asia, for example, brand and lifestyle are often of paramount importance. Buyers often select a brand they wish to associate with first, and a model later. Brands are selected for what they represent in regard to success, good fortune, taste, lifestyle habits, and longevity. It is as though many (not all) Asian watch buyers seek status through what they surround themselves with, and that begins with the message a brand is able to deliver. In Mexico, branding isn't unimportant, but it isn't all that seems to drive the interest of timepiece fans.
Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. – Wednesday, December 3
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Houston, Texas – Tues., April 28
Dallas, Texas – Thursday, April 30