Month: July 2011

Hi-tech Ceramics Are The Future Of Watches

Stainless steel case, bezel and strap made of black high-tech ceramic material, case diameter 35 mm, bezel and dial scale set with diamonds
High-tech ceramics are the future of watches, but there are still a few technical problems that have not been resolved. One is its ‘lipophilicity’. Once high-tech ceramic watches are oiled, it is difficult to handle them; then there is its texture and color. It is still relatively monotonous, and the shape of the watch will be more monotonous.
Looking back at the history of clock development, we were surprised to find that most of the complex functions including tourbillon, minute repeater, and timekeeping were actually invented more than 200 years ago; but in terms of materials, stainless steel was used until the early 20th century. Before it came out, there were no major innovations. But a careful analysis can be relieved-with the extremely backward technological level at that time, even metal waterproof materials could not be produced, let alone high-tech ceramics and the like.
High-tech ceramics, which have been introduced many times in this journal, are based on sintering of zirconia-based mineral powder (powder particle diameter less than 1 micron) at a high temperature of about 1500 ° C. Like traditional Chinese ceramic products, it has stable physical and chemical properties, is waterproof, resistant to high temperatures, fading and corrosion, and has a smooth and flawless surface, which can emit a soft natural gloss. As an item that people wear with them, high-tech ceramic watches have several significant advantages, one is lightness; the other is strong and wear-resistant, not as easy to be scratched as steel and gold watches; the third is not to cause skin allergies; Fourth, the cost of raw materials is low; a stylish appearance is also added. It is necessary to know that traditional materials such as stainless steel cannot show pure black and pure white no matter how they are processed, but this is the strength of high-tech ceramics.
Swarovski OCTEA SPORT White Ceramic
Swarovski’s first high-tech ceramic work, making full use of its more than 115 years of crystal cutting experience and expertise, cut a whole piece of high-tech ceramic into a unidirectional rotating bezel with a radiation pattern like a crystal, in the industry It is still the first. Case diameter 39 mm, rubber strap also decorated with white high-tech ceramics
In 2000, when Chanel launched the J12 series, there were only a handful of high-tech ceramic watches on the market, and the most famous one was the radar (the production of precision ceramic series began in 1986). But ten years later, this subversive material has swept the entire table, and the brands that have not used it have become a minority. Investigating its roots, in addition to powerful design and marketing strategies, is mainly determined by the superiority of the material itself.
To say that there is a rule of things, that is, the more advantages, the more fatal the shortcomings, and high-tech ceramics have so many advantages, can you find no defects? The head of a famous Swiss watch factory has disclosed to this magazine that the reason why their factory does not use high-tech ceramics (at present is limited to the manufacture of bezels) is because there are still several technical problems with high-tech ceramics that have not been resolved. For example, its ‘lipophilicity’, everyone may have noticed that high-tech ceramics are difficult to handle once they are oiled, they cannot be cleaned with rubbing, and they ca n’t always be washed and washed. The texture and color are still It is relatively simple, difficult to cut and polish, and it also limits the style of watches. It cannot be like steel watches and gold watches—various colors, various angular curves, and various brushed polishing treatments.
But the person in charge of the watch factory also said very positively that high-tech ceramics are the future of watches. Their factory has also invested a lot of manpower and material resources in the research and development of high-tech ceramics. When can the above two problems be solved and when can they completely replace stainless steel, instead of more for local decoration as now.

Highlighting Noble Three Recommended Blancpain Watches For The Social Elite

There is a person who can play a pivotal role in the workplace and is a leader in the industry. Social elites, while showing their talents in the workplace, must have a temperament watch on their wrists to highlight their own taste and honor. Therefore, only those top Swiss watches are more suitable for this kind of people. The price factors and brand awareness of the watches will give the wearer more confidence and respect, in order to enhance their own value and inner satisfaction. Today, the Watch House introduces three bao’p watches suitable for social elites.
Blancpain villeret 6654-3642-55B mechanical men’s watch

Watch model: 6654-3642-55B
Watch series: Villeret series
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: 18K rose gold
Case diameter: 32 mm
Watch strap: brown alligator leather
Reference price: ¥ 198500
   Villeret is Blancpain’s most classic watch collection. Its name comes from the hometown of the Blancpain brand, the village of Villeret. These models are deeply rooted in tradition, they symbolize the root of the brand,
And reflects our most basic aesthetics. Pure lines, a clear dial and a slender double-bezel case, combined with timeless elegance, form the distinctive personality of this watch.
Blancpain villeret 6653-3630-55B ultra-thin small seconds retrograde watch

Watch model: 6653-3630-55B
Watch series: Villeret series
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: 18K rose gold
Case diameter: 40 mm
Watch strap: brown alligator leather
Reference price: 166500
   This ultra-thin retrograde small seconds watch will allow you to easily escape the shackles of traditional dress watches and show the extraordinary style of the professional in the workplace. Also from the Villeret ultra-thin series, the timepiece is equipped with Blancpain Cal.7663 self-winding movement, with a 65-hour power reserve and a distinctive retrograde function. Located at 6 o’clock is the 30-second retrograde small dial. The center point of the small second hand is the radial center point of the sun pattern. The movement is infinitely emitted in all directions, like a ray of light, creating an incomparable three-dimensional depth. The 18K rose gold case, the slender hands, and the dark brown alligator leather strap subtly break the solemnity of the dial, adding a bit of playfulness to the details, which is worthy of deep reflection.
Blancpain villeret 6660-1127-55B half time zone two places eight days power reserve watch

Watch model: 6660-1127-55B
Watch series: Villeret series
Movement type: automatic machinery
Case material: Fine
Case diameter: 40 mm
Watch strap: black alligator leather
Reference price: 130000

   The Blancpain Villeret series half-time zone and two-hour eight-day power reserve watch is a cal. 5235DF movement specially developed by the Blancpain movement factory. This self-winding movement consists of 324 parts with three mainsprings. Box to ensure stable release of power within 8 days. The oscillating weight is made of titanium, which improves the energy efficiency and reduces the effect of temperature changes on the oscillating weight to ensure accurate timing. The button at the top of the crown is used to switch between quick proof time and half-time zone adjustment. In appearance, the 42mm dial has the date, day and night, second time zone, and date adjustment or time zone adjustment indication functions. The semi-domed white fired white enamel dial sets off the original and exquisite craftsmanship of Blancpain watchmakers.

Saying Goodbye To Expensive And Traditional These Watches Not Only Attract You Price

‘Poor play with cars, rich play with watches’, if there is no provenance, the number of young people who are struggling in the struggle will be blocked from the palace of watches and clocks. Does the love of mechanical watches have to have a deep economic foundation? Is it necessary to spend 10,000 yuan to enjoy the accurate travel time of the observatory? Is it necessary for racing watches to be fitted with expensive mechanical chronograph movements? Does the luminous light of the pilot’s watch only be illuminated by the light source? Today, we are going the other way, introducing a few models that are inexpensive, durable, reliable, and fashionable, so that young friends can bid farewell to those ruthless and old-fashioned pure mechanical technologies and become real in their own world Watch collectors.


Away from the hands, the dial without enamel is as wonderful
 I do not know when to start, the hands have become the only way to indicate time on the clock, I do not know when to start, the ancient and complicated technique of enamel has become the only way for top clocks to display colorful elements. Now, a cutting-edge brand from Switzerland has broken it all. ‘SevenFriday’ means ‘every day is Friday’, which reflects the brand founder Da niel Niederer’s longing for and pursuit of free attitude and freehand life. In 2012, he inspired this old black-and-white picture tube TV set in his home, inspired by the low-cost Japanese Citizen Miyota movement, and created this amazing watch. Because the square case with a diameter of 47 mm is very large, and the dial indicates the time with digital discs, it is very novel. Seven Friday has been popular in Europe and America since its launch. A Seven Friday wears on the wrist and has the same eye-catching colors and face as hundreds of thousands of Hublot and millions of Richard Miller. The price is less than 10,000 yuan, is it a good deal?


Touch technology, subverting the ‘big four’ top watch category
 In the field of traditional mechanical watchmaking, there are four top craftsmanships, namely double-tracking needle, perpetual calendar, three questions and tourbillon. Among them, the double tracking hand solves the problem of chronograph multiple times, the perpetual calendar solves the problem of adjusting the calendar in February of the following year, the three questions solve the problem of knowing the time at night when there is no electric light, and the tourbillon solves the problem caused by gravity. The problem of travel time deviation.
 One of these four functions will come out casually. Every hundreds of parts will consume countless man-hours of the watchmaker. If several major functions are combined together, this watch must be at the level of one million yuan. Until later the Japanese invented a multifunctional electronic watch, which solved all the above problems with a night crystal screen, but it was also plagued by problems of cheapness and unclear reading. In 1999, Tissot launched the T-Touch watch, which has both the pointer of a traditional watch and the LCD screen of an electronic watch. More amazingly, its function switching is accomplished by touching a specific functional area of ​​the screen with a finger. The touch-screen mobile phone that is still popular today has only begun to be popular ten years later. It can be seen how advanced Touch was then. After more than ten years of development, today’s T-Touch has evolved the Expert mountaineering series that measures altitude, the Pilot flight series that measures air pressure, the World Time Zone Switching Navigator travel series, the SEA-Touch diving series, and the Racing- Touch racing series, SailingTouch sailing series with speed and countdown and Classic Classic series of formal dress, no matter which sport you love, you will find the Touch that suits you here. If you really love the watch, let those delicate machinery Watch away from the field.

VAGARY racing watch

Long live quartz, wear a car dashboard on your wrist
 Many friends in Kaide cars will see the word VDO on the instrument panel, which is the German company’s specialized manufacturing instrumentation division. The Italian-made cars go up to Ferrari and Lamborghini, down to Fiat and Lancia, and the Veglia logo is mostly seen on the dashboard. This factory founded in 1896 is the earliest professional instrument panel manufacturer in Italy. In the late last century, they began to try to produce VAGARY quartz chronograph watches. They were later acquired by the movement supplier, Citizen Japan, and became its specialized company. Sports fashion watch brand.
 VAGARY’s watches are very cheap, most of them are concentrated under 1,000 yuan, but the identity of the car instrument manufacturer makes its disc design very unique, filled with the taste of racing everywhere. It used the various quartz movements of the parent company Citizen to the extreme, and achieved outstanding product features with outstanding design, bold color matching, unexpected pointer layout, angular case, and clear time indications. It’s loved by young people.


One movement, subverting hundreds of years of mechanical watch technology
 In many people’s eyes, Swatch is a fashion brand that manufactures quartz watches with colorful plastic cases, but this brand is a landmark for the Swiss watch industry. Without it, hundreds of Swiss mechanical watch brands have long been regarded as Japanese quartz. The watch rushed up and down. Today, Swatch is digging the graves of the traditional watchmaking industry with the latest mechanical movement.
 The strange name of SISTEM51 comes from the fact that it has only 51 parts on its body. This is more complicated than a Swiss mechanical watch with hundreds of parts. And such a small number of parts brings extremely low assembly costs and high reliability. The entire SISTEM51 movement has only one screw, which is used to fix the movement and the case, which puts forward extremely high requirements for pure mechanical assembly. Its number of parts is not large, users do not need to wash and maintain their mechanical watches every few years; it is equipped with a calendar and a second hand, in line with the mainstream mechanical watch habits; it is ultra-long time, Full string can run for more than 90 hours; it is anti-magnetic and shock-proof, because the movement is made of non-magnetic nickel-silver alloy, and the case is evacuated; it is extremely accurate, and the plastic spraying process minimizes wear and tear , Laser calibration makes it maintenance-free for life; it is avant-garde, more transparent parts and transparent case can give designers the greatest imagination; the finished watch assembled with SISTEM51 is only priced at more than 1,000 Yuan, this will undoubtedly bring a new round of reshuffle to the global low-end watch market.


Battlefield fluorescence, self-illuminating outdoor sharp weapon of inert gas
 In 1999, the pilot of the U.S. stealth fighter F-117 that carried out late-night bombing missions proposed to the Department of Defense because the long-term strategic bombing mission requires a long time span and requires the wearing of a luminous watch that can emit light by itself. When the company started product development, they filled a special luminous gas containing inert gas ‘氚’ into a tiny glass tube, sealed it with a laser, and placed it on the scale of each watch to prevent radiation from leaking. In this case, it produces a high-brightness night light source that can last for 25 years.
 As we all know, the luminous scale of the watch was first applied to the military, because most paints that emit light at night are radioactive, a large dose will have adverse effects on the human body, and a small dose will not last long and the luminous performance is not ideal. The appearance of Lemino has brought about a revolution in the luminous watch industry. Because it does not contain radioactivity, ordinary people can also wear it daily. In the Hollywood modern war movie, the Ray-Mordo luminous watch followed the footsteps of American soldiers and traveled the world, becoming the most recognizable military watch, and also received hundreds of thousands of sales each year in the civilian market. In addition to self-illuminating dials, most military watches of Remino use a stable quartz movement and a light-weight black resin case, coupled with durable canvas and natural rubber straps, which are ideal for outdoor sports.

Beidou Satellite Watch

Satellite time, the most accurate time from the stars
 Friends who have been to Japan used to admire Casio’s radio-controlled timepieces. It is the most direct portrayal of Japanese punctuality and meticulous attitude. Radio-controlled watches correct time by receiving information from several astronomical observatories set up in different regions of the world. Difficulties in receiving waves occur at different times. The satellite clock completely eliminates this embarrassing situation. It uses the satellite network woven from outer space to provide the most accurate time in the time zone.
 In 2011, with the successful operation of China’s self-developed Beidou global positioning system, our own satellite watch was also born in a military industrial enterprise in Sichuan. This is the world’s first pointer satellite watch. Compared with foreign civilian products, Beidou has absolute technical advantages: first, it can display the latitude and longitude of the location, which greatly expands the use range; second, it has a charging function, which solves the problem The disadvantages of the satellite watch’s high power consumption and frequent battery replacement; once again, it strictly complies with military standards from the beginning, and has excellent waterproof and field performance; finally, it also has weather forecast, altitude, barometer, guide , Data recording, map code display, world time, alarm and many other functions. It can be said that Beidou satellite watches are one of the most accurate wristwatches in the world today, but the price is less than one-third of similar products of Japanese Seiko. This is for young people who love domestic products, especially those who love outdoor sports. , Undoubtedly has great appeal.