Talking to Raynald Aeschlimann, President & CEO, on the occasion of the opening of Omega´s newest factory

In the presence of

Nick Hayek, CEO of Swatch Group,

Raynald Aeschlimann, the President and CEO of Omega,

Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, the Head of the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education & Research (EAER) and

Shigeru Ban, the renowned Japanese architect,

Omega yesterday opened its newest production facility in Biel, Switzerland. 

On this occasion I talked to Raynald Aeschlimann … I invite you to listen to our conversation …

I can tell you Raynald was very proud yesterday! 

“Alexander, of course I am, since we have created a truly innovative workspace, but the real value of this new building is efficiency. We have been able to now combine all of our assembly and testing processes under one roof. That means a complete consolidation of work that will help Omega to become much more productive and streamlined than ever before.”

In fact all steps, including T2 (watch assembly), T3 (bracelets), and T4 (shipping), as well as stock and logistics, will now be completed inside the new building in Biel / Switzerland. In addition to this, the new factory has been designed for training purposes, enabling Omega to sharpen and constantly improve the skills of the staff inside.

Raynald Aeschlimann, President & CEO of Omega

At the core of the building, Omega has installed a fully automated storage system that rises up through three floors of the building. The fireproofed system contains over 30,000 boxes filled with all the necessary stock required for the brand’s watchmaking.

The new building has also been created to house Omegas’s quality and technical control processes, including the METAS testing for Master Chronometer certification. It is here that Omega will certify its watches at the industry’s highest standard for precision, performance and magnetic resistance (> 15.000 Gauss).