WHAT IS MAGNETISATION?
In watchmaking, magnetisation refers to the adverse effect of a magnetic field on the functioning of a watch. Magnetic fields are everywhere in our daily life: smartphones, digital tablets, induction hobs, speakers, TVs etc.
HOW DOES ENTERING A MAGNETIC FIELD AFFECT YOUR WATCH?
It causes a movement to run fast or stop completely. Despite some advanced protective systems, mechanical watches are more susceptible to magnetisation than quartz watches. Certain metallic components of mechanical movements are affected by magnetism (e.g. the coils of a balance spring or a barrel spring can stick together, preventing it from functioning correctly.) However, in most cases your watch will function correctly again once it leaves the magnetic field. On the other hand, if it is exposed to a high-intensity magnetic field for more than 15 minutes*, the effect can persist for some time. Result: your watch may continue to run 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 TO PROTECT YOUR WATCH?
We advise you to keep your watch more than 10 cm away from any object that creates a strong magnetic field.
WHAT TO DO IN THE EVENT OF MAGNETISATION?
To check if your watch is magnetised, simply place it next to a compass.
If it is magnetised, the compass needle will become highly erratic.
To have your watch demagnetised, we recommend taking it to the CHANEL boutique or the CHANEL authorised retailer of your choice.
One of our repair workshops will demagnetise your watch by exposing it to an alternating magnetic field, and ensure that it runs correctly.