In-House Movements: Three To Know About In 2016Written by Alvin Wong
The latest in-house mechanical movements are built on time-honored values of performance and utility.
Omega builds on the momentum of Master Co-Axial movement that it introduced in 2014. Arguably one of the breakthroughs in movement construction in recent years, the Master Co-Axial is renowned for combining Omega’s proprietary Co-Axial escapement with magnetic resistance of up to a record-breaking 15,000 gauss. This year, the brand adds six new iterations, spanning different sizes and complications. There are mid-size and ladies’ automatic versions, as well as annual calendar, GMT, chronograph and chronograph with moon phase for gents.
At BaselWorld 2016, Breitling announced the establishment of a new ‘performance lab’ called Chronoworks. A movement development think-tank of sorts (think the watchmaking equivalent of MTV’s Pimp My Ride), Chronoworks is tasked to test out new materials, technologies and construction possibilities. To start, Chronoworks has overhauled the in-house automatic chronograph Calibre 01, outfitting it with ceramic and silicon components, and extending its power reserve from 70 to 100 hours, all while continuing to ace COSC-certification tests. The Calibre 01 Chronoworks can be found in the all-back Superocean Heritage Chronoworks, which is limited to 100 pieces.
The fuss at Glashütte Original this year is all about its latest in-house engine, the Calibre 36. A brand spokesperson proclaims it as the among the industry’s hardiest and most reliable, and she is not far off the mark. The Calibre 36 is Glashutte Original’s 12th in-house movement, and it comes with impressive credentials, including over 100 hours of power reserve drawing from a single spring barrel, intelligent architecture that allows it to be easily assembled and serviced, and special proprietary chronometer-grade certification to guarantee top-notch performance.
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