Omega recently invited Revolution to the official opening of its new production facility in Bienne. This five-storey, 16,000 square-meter manufacture was designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban who used a mix of sustainable Swiss wood and concrete for this eco-friendly building that boasts a sophisticated indoor climate system and energy conservation program. The new building sits right next to the original Omega building that dates back to 1882.
The most impressive part of this new facility, however, is what is happening on the inside. A sophisticated assembly unit brings the individual watch pieces to each watchmaker via a system of conveyor belts, rather than have employees physically go and pick up pieces from the stock room. At the heart of this system is a cutting-edge stock room that houses 30,000 boxes and holds everything needed to assemble an Omega timepiece. When each timepiece is finished, the same system takes it away, prints the tags and guarantee certificates, and whisks it off to the logistics department for shipment.
The new manufacture is also home to the Swiss METAS service which assures the certification of the brand’s Master Chronometers in terms of performance, precision and anti-magnetism to 15,000 Gauss.
During the opening ceremony, Nick Hayek, CEO of the Swatch Group declared: “Omega has always been a pioneer in terms of innovation and excellence within the Swiss watchmaking industry and the world. This superb new Omega building is further proof of the brand’s long-term investments in new technologies, production, but also in its employees. It reflects the commitment of the brand to the highest standards of watchmaking.” We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!