Hi-tech Material Watches Challenge The Traditional Watchmaking Skills

Innovative materials have a great effect on the development of watches. It is not difficult to see through the exhibitions in recent years: from high-tech ceramics to hard alloys, from titanium to silicon, various new watch materials have come into being. At the same time, the big-name watch factory is fully engaged in exploring new-generation materials, and a competition that challenges traditional watchmaking skills has begun.

 Abrasion resistance is the first problem solved by new material watches. In addition, its lightness makes it more suitable for sports wear. In appearance, this new material watch is generally fashionable and beautiful, and is different from ordinary timepieces, so it is very popular with young people.

 There are many new types of watches today. In addition to the ceramics and titanium alloys mentioned above, there are also materials such as silicon, tantalum and tungsten-titanium alloys. The following editors will recommend some new material watches for you, and explain the characteristics of various materials for you.

 ceramics

The ceramic material has a unique appearance and excellent hardness, scratch resistance, corrosion resistance and high temperature resistance. In recent years, it has become one of the materials of choice in the high-end watch industry. Top watch brands such as Hublot, Panerai and Chanel have launched their own ceramic watches, and the craftsmanship has become increasingly sophisticated and nearly perfect.

 Chanel J12 white watch

 The J12 white watch can lead the trend, which must be attributed to white high-tech precision ceramics, an innovative precious watchmaking material. Chanel has selected high-tech precision ceramics as the watchmaking material for J12 watches since 2000. It uses the high-tech precision ceramics’ high hardness, resistance to scratches and oxidation, and diamond powder polishing technology to make ceramics shine like The metal-like dazzling light makes the watch never fade and is not easy to wear, and has high sensitivity. It is especially important that ceramics can adjust the temperature according to the body temperature, which is extremely comfortable to wear.

 titanium

 Titanium is found in the earth’s crust, and its appearance can be bright and shiny metal, or silver gray, dark gray powder. Titanium is a light, hard, heat-resistant and cold-resistant metal with an oxide film on the surface to prevent wear and rust.

 Panerai Luminor 3-Day Power Reserve Titanium Watch

 This long-powered Panerai made of titanium is an example of a rugged watch. This case has a unique structure that fully protects the watch from magnetic field interference. It is extremely practical and can be used in daily life to prevent the magnetic field generated by the charging device of household appliances, computers and mobile phones from affecting the watch movement. Impact.

 Its case is a classic Luminor Submersible frosted titanium case. The winding crown is equipped with a lever bridge protection device. The crown is locked to enhance the waterproof effect to 300 meters in the deep sea. This watch also represents a revolution in the design of this watch: the rotating titanium bezel design follows the 1950s Panerai design for the Egyptian Navy, non-reflective black ceramic dial surface, with titanium straight lines and dots Time scale. The bezel is set to rotate counterclockwise only to prevent the bezel from turning clockwise inadvertently, affecting the calculation of the diving time.

 carbon fiber

 Carbon is a magical material, and it has been called the magical title by most people since it appeared in everyone’s middle school chemistry class. In theory, high pressure and high temperature will turn into diamonds, and drawn fibers can be shaped into countless different images. Regardless of the wing of the aircraft or the tail fins on the missile, carbon is used as the material; the carbon material is so complex that it is unimaginable. It can make the firearm more accurate, the cooked meat more delicious, and make the motorcycle faster. , Can also make the Japanese knife’s blade sharper; it has been in the fashion industry for a long time, such as carbon fiber watches.

 Hublot ‘Cathedral’ Carbon Fiber Watch

 This ‘cathedral’ minute repeater tourbillon and column wheel chronograph, 100% of all components including the movement plate is made of carbon fiber, the first in the world. The mechanical structure of this watch is sophisticated and sophisticated. It uses three main high-complex watchmaking processes and is well received by industry experts and collectors. At the same time, it also incorporates an absolute modern spirit: its main manifestation is that three complex processes can be seen from the side of the dial.

 silicon

 Silicon is the most common element in nature after oxygen, equivalent to 28% of the earth’s crust. It belongs to crystals, that is, non-metals, and has a density equivalent to 1/3 of steel. It has high hardness, magnetic resistance, and high resistance. Corrosion characteristics make it lighter and stronger than metal materials such as steel. Using silicon to make the escapement fork, escapement wheel and balance spring of the watch can ensure that they can run smoothly without lubrication. As far as the hairspring is concerned, silicon can make a special hairspring and reduce the weight at the same time, thereby improving the isochronous error of the watch.

 Roger Dubuis silicon balance watch

 As a star product of the SIHH2013 series, this watch is the world’s first fully silicon case watch. Titanium is twice as light as steel, and silicon is twice as light as titanium, but its hardness is 4 times that of titanium, which makes it At the same time, taking into account the advantages of hardness and lightness, the biggest feature of this watch is that it is equipped with four balance springs, running in pairs and careful layout, which can immediately offset running errors caused by position changes. In other words, the tourbillon cancels the gravity of the center of the earth for one minute, and this watch can cancel it instantly.