Baselworld is known for its record-breaking announcements, one-of-a-kind showpieces and world-renowned collections. The latest timepiece to premiere at the Swiss horological event is the Omega Globemaster—the world’s first Master Chronometer. Inspired by the brand’s early Constellation models, this piece has the same quality and precision as their heritage collection, with the added benefit of cutting-edge, watchmaking technology. But as the watch surpassed all other Swiss certifications, Omega partnered with the Swiss Federal Institute of Metrology late last year to announce an entirely new watch certification—the Master Chronometer.
A special certification might seem excessive, but the latest from Omega proves it’s in a class all its own. The new testing process measures standard ratings as well as each watch’s ability to maintain accuracy even in magnetic fields of up to 15,000 gauss. Every timepiece must individually pass eight criteria to be awarded the Master Chronometer title, a process that includes magnetic, water, temperature and power reserve tests as well as multiple accuracy measurements.
While the watch is clearly an unsurpassed powerhouse in terms of mechanics and precision, it’s simplistic design almost speaks for the humility of the brand. It does come in a wide array of metals including 18k rose or yellow gold, stainless steel, and a stainless steel, yellow gold blend, with matching gold or rhodium-plated indexes and hands. The date indicator sits at six o’clock hour below the Constellation star. On the back, a medallion noting the watch’s Co-Axial Master Chronometer caliber sits in the center of the sapphire crystal.
As each watch is individually tested against the new Master Chronometer standards, customers will also receive a certification card that shows exactly how their new timepiece performed on each test.