One of the great pleasures within the OMEGA brand is beginning a new year and witnessing the wave of innovative products and designs that are due to be launched. In 2016, this moment has an added edge of excitement and intrigue.
Our highly publicised OMEGA Globemaster was one of last year’s leading stars. Not only was it beautiful in design, but it also carried the prestigious title of being the “World’s First Master Chronometer”. As we promised, it would certainly not be the last. Today, I am proud to say that the Master Chronometer revolution is very much in-line with our objectives.
Master Chronometer certification represents a higher standard of excellence within the Swiss watchmaking industry. Many years of dedicated work have gone into this new standard, resulting in an official certification from the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology (METAS).
For OMEGA, the Globemaster represented not only a major milestone, but also the beginning of a new era in excellence. Our plan is to certify the majority of our mechanical watches as Master Chronometers by 2020. And from last year’s first step, the next phase has begun.
At Baselworld 2016, you will see a number of new movements and models that carry the Master Chronometer rating. These include the entire collection of new Seamaster Planet Ocean watches, the new Constellation Small Seconds model for ladies, and the Speedmaster Moonphase timepiece with its stunning blue dial. We are also presenting a new version of last year’s successful Globemaster – this time as an Annual Calendar with a grey dial. During the course of the year, several other Master Chronometer watches will also be unveiled.
Certainly, this refined promise of quality shows that OMEGA remains at the forefront of technology and craftsmanship. True to our 168 year history, we are again pushing the boundaries of what is possible, offering our customers and fans an added level of confidence and trust.
I sincerely hope you enjoy exploring these new collections and will join us in our enthusiasm for each new Master Chronometer timepiece.