In 1970, the late British master watchmaker George Daniels introduced the first practical new watch escapement to be invented in some 250 years, but his plan to make this co-axial escapement was turned down by every watch brand he met. Almost 30 years later, visionary entrepreneur Nicolas G. Hayak understood the significance of the invention and chose to invest heavily in it, and in 1999, the first Omega co-axial escapement was launched. The co-axial escapement was a vast improvement on the Swiss lever escapement and addressed the problems of lubrication that had perplexed watchmakers for centuries. It features an intermediary wheel, a double co-axial wheel, an escapement wheel and its components.
The Omega Co-Axial Exhibition held at Paragon shopping centre in Singapore.
"Since the brand's founding in 1848, Omega has continually made significant contributions to the art of watchmaking. These include the calibre introduced in 1894, the divers' watch Marine created in 1932, the launch of the Speedmaster in 1957, and the co-axial calibres," said David Ponzo, managing director of Swatch Group Trading. "With the recent 8508 antimagnetic movement, the brand has once again distinguished itself as an innovative watchmaker always initiating breakthroughs in technology.
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