The Swiss watchmaker Omega has officially inaugurated a new production building in Bienne, Switzerland.
This important event was honored by the CEO of Swatch Group, Mr. Nick Hayek; the President and CEO of OMEGA, Raynald Aeschlimann; Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education & Research (EAER), Mr. Johann N. Schneider-Ammann; and by the award-winning Japanese architect, Shigeru Ban.
The building is truly impressive, an eco-friendly masterpiece built entirely from Swiss spruce and concrete and represents the industry’s most cutting-edge facility for watch assembly, training and quality control.
Speaking at the event, Mr. Nick Hayek said: “Omega is producing watches at this historical site in the heart of Biel since 1882. OMEGA is and was a pioneer of innovation and excellence in the Swiss watch industry and worldwide. The strong tradition of investing in new technologies, new methods of production, but also in its own employees can again be seen through the achievement of this new splendid Omega factory. It reflects the brand’s commitment to the highest standards of watchmaking.”
Also, Shigeru Ban, the designer of the building stated: “Omega’s main production building is designed to architecturally represent the philosophy of the Omega brand. The structural system of the building is characterized in its rigid and formal column / beam timber frame with its wood joinery detail, expressing the accuracy and precision of Omega.”
In order to ensure the high level of quality and productivity, all steps, including watch assembly, bracelets, and shipping, as well as stock and logistics, will now be completed inside the new building. So the main characteristic of the new working space is the efficiency. In addition to this, it has been designed also for training purposes, enabling Omega to sharpen and constantly improve the skills of the staff inside.
Another interesting fact is that the new Omega production building has a huge and fully automated stock with a storage capacity of 30 000 boxes.
And last, but not least, the new factory is the home for the quality and technical control process, including the METAS testing for Master Chronometer certification.
An important step for Omega, the Swiss brand will now continue to fulfill the highest standards in the watchmaking industry and to meet the demands of the new generation of watch buyers.