New Omega Exhibit Showcasing Antimagnetic Tech

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New Omega Exhibit Showcasing Antimagnetic Tech

Postby koimaster » March 14th 2017, 3:23pm

Over the last few years, Omega has increasingly become one of the watchmaking industry's leaders in making watches that can withstand extremely powerful magnetic fields and emerge unscathed. With the opening of a new exhibition at the Omega Museum in Bienne, Omega is underscoring just how far it has come – and part of the exhibition is a watch that's survived what is, by far, the strongest magnetic field to which any watch has ever been exposed (as far as we know).

Magnetism is of course a huge issue in watchmaking. Ultra-powerful magnetic fields like those created in labs studying magnetism are less an issue than the magnetic fields found in everyday life, such as those produced by permanent powerful magnets used in consumer products. Though Nivarox-type balance springs are not nearly as vulnerable to magnetism as plain steel, they can nonetheless be affected; even brief exposure to a strong field can badly impair accuracy. Less noticeable is the effect of magnetic fields over the long term – you might not notice it immediately, but over time, exposure to magnetism can negatively affect the ability of a Nivarox-type balance spring to compensate properly for temperature variations. ... aqua-terra


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