OMEGA Globemaster Master Chronometer: Setting standards
OMEGA’s Globemaster Master Chronometer timepiece is celebrated for housing the brand’s most advanced mechanical movements.
A new watch certification process became active across OMEGA in 2015, measuring a watch’s performance in daily-wearing conditions and testing its functionality when exposed to strong magnetic fields that can reach up to 15,000 gauss.
Before a watch undergoes the magnetic field tests, its movement is must first pass tests by Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronometres (COSC), the official organization responsible for testing the precision of watches and clocks movements, and grants them official chronometer status.
There are eight criteria measured during the certification process. These include: average daily precision of a watch, the movement’s functionality in a magnetic field, the performance of a watch in a magnetic field, water resistance, power reserve, deviation of rate between 100 per cent and 33 per cent of power reserve, and deviation of rate in six positions.
The Globemaster was the first timepiece to be tested and certified by the new process, but any watch can be submitted to the tests set by METAS, a Swiss government controlled agency.
Watches that pass these tests receive the Master Chronometer label.
The design of the Globemaster is inspired by the early Constellation models that represent the brand’s horological expertise.
This history influences the models’ caseback, which sports a medallion with the image of an observatory, a sign of the awards the watchmaker received during chronometer observatory trials.
A close-up of this image shows eight stars placed on top of the observatory, symbolising the precision records set by OMEGA. The stars also refer to the eight METAS-certified criteria, which a timepiece and its movement must pass to receive the Master Chronometer status.
The dial on the OMEGA Globemaster is also inspired by its history. This is created in the style that watch-collectors refer to as pie-pan dial, with a fluted bezel, an element that decorated several Constellation watches.
Each Globemaster undergoes a set of independent tests before receiving a certification. The process ranks this timepiece on the highest quality standards of Swiss watchmaking.
Customers who purchase METAS-approved watches receive a certification with an identification number that they can use to learn more about how their watch performed in the tests.