WHAT IS MAGNETIZATION?
In watchmaking, magnetization refers to the negative effect of magnetic fields on the functioning of a watch. Magnetic fields are everywhere in our daily lives: smart phone, digital tablet, induction cooktops, speakers, TV, etc.
HOW DO THEY AFFECT YOUR WATCH?
When a watch comes into a magnetic field, its movement may be disrupted, causing it to accelerate or stop completely. Automatic watch movements are more susceptible to magnetization than watches with a quartz movement, even though they are fitted with a highly perfected system to avoid this. An automatic movement may cease to function correctly if magnetization causes certain metallic parts (such as the balance spring and barrel spring) to stick together. In most cases, your watch will start working normally as soon as it is removed from the magnetic field. However, if it has been exposed to a high intensity magnetic field for more than 15 minutes*, the effects of magnetization may be more lasting. As a result, your watch may continue to run too fast.
*This data can vary with the intensity of the magnetic field. Our calculations were made on some objects from daily life (smart phones, digital tablets, radio speakers, etc.)
HOW CAN YOU PROTECT YOUR WATCH?
We recommend that you keep your watch more than 10 cm away from any object that emits a high intensity magnetic field.
WHAT CAN YOU DO IF MAGNETIZATION OCCURS?
To detect if the watch is magnetized, place it next to a compass.
If it is magnetized, the compass hands will spin erratically.
To demagnetize your watch, take it to the CHANEL boutique or CHANEL-authorized dealer of your choice for repair.
One of our after-sales service workshops will neutralize the effects of magnetization by exposing it to an alternating magnetic field. This will restore its proper functioning.