In 1848, Louis Brandt opened a watchmaking workshop in the Swiss village of La Chaux-de-Fonds. After Louis Brandt’s death, his two sons took over the business and, under the new name of Louis Brandt & Fils, moved it to Biel/Bienne, where it is still located today.
In 1894, the brothers released a calibre that would determine the company’s future – the 19-ligne calibre. Using new methods, it was extremely precise, and what was more, every component could effortlessly be replaced by any watchmaker in the world.
The Brandt brothers named this achievement OMEGA, and eventually changed the company’s name to OMEGA Watch Co. By 1903, OMEGA had become the largest manufacturer of finished watches in Switzerland. In 1932, OMEGA became the first watchmaker to time an entire Olympic Games, and has since been the Official Timekeeper at almost all Olympic Games.
OMEGA watches were known for their precision and innovation, which is why they were widely used in many domains. The OMEGA Medicus watch, a model used during World War II to measure pulses, would become known as the “nurses’ watch” for the help it provided to medical staff.
In 1957, the brand launched a three-piece Professional line: the Speedmaster (also known as “the Moonwatch”), developed for space exploration with NASA, the Seamaster 300, destined for underwater discovery, and the Railmaster, able to resist magnetism more than 1,000 gauss. The company is certainly recognised around the world, and OMEGA watches have been worn by many stars, the most famous probably being James Bond himself.
On the outside, the new OMEGA Seamaster 300 stays true to its origins, while on the inside its OMEGA Co-Axial Master Chronometer Calibre 8912 caliber is at the cutting edge of modern watchmaking innovation.
The OMEGA Seamaster Diver 300M Nekton Edition is a materialisation of OMEGA’s commitment to the open seas, this time through Nekton.
Now in its fifth major generation, the OMEGA Constellation Gents’ Collection blends sharp looks with OMEGA’s hugely impressive watchmaking know-how.
The Omega Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon Alinghi is a special-edition watch dedicated to the collaboration between the watchmaker and the two-time America’s Cup winning Swiss sailing team.
The OMEGA De Ville Tourbillon places the flying tourbillon, one of the most spectacular horological complications, to front and center.