On November 2nd, we joined the introduction of the new Omega creation office in Bienne. The function was performed by Nick Hayek (Swatch Group CEO), Raynald Aeschlimann (Omega CEO), Johann Schneider-Ammann (Head of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Economic Affairs) and the draftsman of the lovely structure, Shigeru Ban. Other than that, the Omega representatives that work in the new assembling additionally had a major part during the function. A pleasant visual impact was made by working the shades and all representatives waved us (press) a warm welcome.
During the service, the greater part of the talking was in French and German, yet our associates of WatchTime published the record in case you’re interested.
The new Omega manufacture
In the new assembling, you will discover the T2, T3 and T4 steps. This implies T2 = gathering of the watch, T3 = adding arm bands and T4 = bundling and transportation. The new structure likewise has stock and the logistics measures. In this structure Omega likewise will deal with the preparation of their representatives. We got a visit inside the new structure, seeing the new workstations, the T2/T3 and T4 ventures just as a clarification of the new and great completely computerized capacity framework inside the structure. This ‘jukebox’ with all the parts is around 3 stories high and contains over 30.000 boxes loaded up with stock (watch and arm band parts). The robot/picker moves with a noteworthy speed of 4 meters each second, to pick a crate and convey it to the control room where they do the further distribution of parts. On one of the floors, there’s likewise an office for the METAS staff, to guarantee the guidelines are met prior to getting the ‘Master Chronometer’ certification .
During our visit, we additionally had a short talk with Raynald Aeschlimann about the new Omega produce. We found out if the new Omega assembling would likewise mean a higher creation number. The current creation of Omega is somewhere in the range of 600.000 and 700.000 pieces each year. As indicated by Aeschlimann “There is no expanded creation number, simply more limited occasions between ventures as everything is presently under one rooftop. We moved from a few distinct offices to this one here in Bienne.“. We additionally asked him wether the new Omega make in Bienne will have impact on an opportunity to showcase (on the off chance that you had a Speedy Tuesday watch on hand, you understand what we are discussing). “Yes, yet we actually need a specific measure of days to create the watch, get the watch through the Master Chronometer confirmation. So indeed, it will affect the conveyance of watches, yet this is all somewhat relative.”. Having been in the new Omega fabricate, it turned out to be evident that the new creation & mechanical production systems likewise mean a more proficient method of testing and gathering watches. We likewise saw that during QC methodology, it will currently be simpler to have only one single watch returning in the creation line rather than a whole bunch of 10 (which used to be the situation, as the plate from the creation line contains 10 watch heads each).
Across the road (Rue Jakob-Stämpfli in Bienne), there is the acclaimed Omega gallery. An old structure that had a few capacities previously, including being a day care for little kids. Presently, it is a historical center ( and the files are here as well ) and company eatery. Another exhibition hall is on the rise, practically around the bend of the principle Omega structures (the current ones that are being utilized for staff and the executives is from the 1950s, where another part is from the 1960s, these are completely associated with the new Omega produce). This structure will be redone into the new exhibition hall. We inquired as to whether that would mean there will more (vintage) looks for us to respect. “Partly. There will be more watches in the new exhibition hall, however we additionally need to have the option to accomplish something on the [watchmaking] schooling level of visitors. You will see.“. The new gallery will open one year from now, we keep you posted.
The new Omega building is exceptionally great and hyper current. The construction of the structure is similarly however noteworthy as what may be inside however. Architect Shigeru Ban reveals to us that this is one of the biggest structure on the planet with a wooden construction. The blend of wood, cement and glass looks astounding and the light inside the new Omega make is delightful. The Omega representatives inside (who are ALL wearing Omega watches incidentally) the new factory work with the most recent hardware, similar to contact boards (iPad like) with guidelines and the watchmaking & get together apparatuses appear as though a device rack in a cutting edge dentist practice.
The objective of Omega is to arrive at the quantity of 500,000 Master Chronometer watches soon, just to extend it to a considerably higher number after that.
More data on Omega’s new structure, .
Aeschlimann, Hayek and Storage framework