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.