Antimagnetic watches have a very special appeal to technically minded watch lovers, and really high achievers are collector’s darlings (the Rolex Milgauss and, of course, the IWC Ingenieur being among the most famous.)

Today, though, Omega’s announced a watch that sets a new record: the Aqua Terra watch shown above, introduced at a press conference today in Geneva, is rated to a staggering 15,000 gauss –for those of you who (like us) don’t want to do the conversion, that’s 1,200,000 A/m (amperes per meter.)  The previous record was held by IWC’s Ingenieur 500,000 A/m.

How’s it done?  Omega won’t be providing full details until BaselWorld 2013 but we’re told it’s through the use of, not a protective inner cage, but rather ” . . . the use of selected non-ferrous materials in the movement itself.”

Left to right: Mathieu Oulevey (Engineer, ETA), Thierry Conus (Director, ETA, R&D), Raynald Aeschlimann (Omega VP), Jean-Claude Monachon (Master Watchmaker) and Michel Willemin (CEO, ASULAB)

Left to right: Mathieu Oulevey (Engineer, ETA), Thierry Conus (Director, ETA, R&D), Raynald Aeschlimann (Omega VP), Jean-Claude Monachon (Master Watchmaker) and Michel Willemin (CEO, ASULAB)

Above, the development team for the project, which included Omega as well as the Swatch Group’s stand-alone R& D center, ASULAB.

We’ll be bringing you more details as soon as we can –until then, we wish we were wearing this watch.  Right now.  They could send it out the door just as is and that would be fine with us (and we hope they do.)

 

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