The balance spring, although one of the smallest components in a mechanical watch movement, it is among the most critical, playing an important role in the watch’s precision. It is the heart beating inside your watch, responsible for the oscillations that define the accuracy of any mechanical timepiece. To eliminate inaccuracies that can be caused by exposure to everyday shocks, OMEGA turned to a completely non-magnetic material with incredible resilience and unmatched stability – silicon.
Traditionally,separate metal components are assembled to create balance springs. It is nearly impossible to control their exact geometry. Not so with silicon. A computer-assisted process allows Omega to get perfectly formed balance springs in a single step directly from silicon discs. The result is a component which is three times finer than a human hair, it resists shock, is oblivious to magnetic influence and it will retain its shape forever.
OMEGA’s development of a silicon balance spring ensures outstanding resistance to shock. Thanks to the incredible resilience and stability of the silicon balance spring, OMEGA luxury watches are now able to achieve truly outstanding levels of chronometric performance. In addition, the durability offered by the combination of OMEGA Co-Axial movements and the silicon balance spring enables the Swiss watchmaker to offer a full four-year warranty on each Co-Axial watch equipped with a silicon balance spring. This new film focuses on the production of the silicon balance spring and the qualities that contribute to its outstanding stability and performance.
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