Last week we talked about the different types of plastics and composites. This week continues hightechtemat with the material that might be boom at most recent years–ceramics.
Ceramic has many good points make it suitable for clocks – it’s coloured (IE wear not like other dyes or surface coatings of metal) and is extremely hard (which makes the finish chosen remains, and the clocks will remain more or less scratch-free). They also serve it on special optics and is easy to keep clean and tidy. The material struck their into the market during the year 1986 of grace, then two of the brands that would become the standard-bearer for the released their watches in night black pottery. Both, of course, first of which since then happily pointed out in advertising and marketing (cf. race in the late sixties with automatic chronograph movement).
One is the well-known materialinnovatören IWC that just as we previously told you about was the first on the track with both titanium and aluminium. Prime model for ceramics was the then cutting-edge line Da Vinci (who may now be considered passed by the Portuguese sailing thematically flagship), which was released as a perpetual calendar with case in ceramics (with details in gold). Later, Fliegerchronograph also a ceramic variant (3705), which was further developed to Top Gun chronograph. Da Vinci in keramikutförande returned with verve 2010 in a titanium/ceramic Edition with huseget chronograph movement and on the SIHH in Geneva was the theme fully flygarlinjen, where Top Gun models, augmented by a few Big Pilot-variants and chronographs.
The other company that was in the game was already 1986 Rado worked actively with the material, not least from reptålighetshänseende. 1962 released the world’s first extra scratch resistant watch Diastar and through use of wolfram, hardening as well as artificial diamond, the brand has succeeded in producing a wide range of extra durable watches where the V10K is the star; resistant to 10 000 Vickers is the world’s toughest watch. 1986 released the first edition of Ceramica, the austerely geometrical design classic which now exists in countless number of variants, with various techniques and colors.
IWC Top Gun Miramar
Perhaps the most high-profile and popular ceramics model is Chanel’s J12, which from 2000 and has become the brand’s introduction signaturmodell is popular both among men but of course also and perhaps primarily in Queens. Two varieties stand out–dykaruret J12 Marine from 2010 and, not least, the finbestyckade cal 3135-variant where Audemars Piguet contributed technology.
Multicultural Bell & Ross is, as we mentioned last week, not shy to dress their angular classics BR01 in exotic garb and thus also in a plethora of different varieties, from the Rado and Chanelliga glossy white and black to a clearly more mili tärmacho matte olive. As is customary, there is a vague connection to the French armed forces in marketing, but most interesting is the (and other watches with utility design) may not be precisely uniform, but more attitude-attire (where the scratch resistance, however, don’t really get full game room). The same military sense offers Panerai on – a brand at SIHH in Geneva presented a whole bunch of watches in their own, Matt-black pottery. The most popular is probably 438 as received the official nickname of Tuttonero, which is the first Panerai’s model completely (case and link) in ceramics.
Premium Giants Rolex and Omega have in recent years started using ceramics in their watches. Known sportlinjer as GMT-Master, Submariner and Seamaster has evolved to get vridringsinlägg in pottery (which replaced the posts in anodized aluminum, which, as many, however, finds appealing, with a time of repades and blektes). Daytona came on the Basel fair 2011 in a special variant of the execution in rose gold and with leather band equipped with Black ceramic glasring (and two for Special Edition boards – champagne or chocolate brown).
In the same way as Rolex and Omega above uses ceramics to only a portion of the Watch has two other brands just as many others have chosen to look at pottery as a part of a material combination – with steel and ceramics, which one finds in eg. Swatch and Longines Conquest series, as well as in luxury port segment (the one suitable as “gummimuttrarna”) from not least Hublot and Audemars Piguet in accordance with corporate ambition to mix different types of innovative, durable materials.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Survivor
Bell & Ross
Chanel J12 GMT
IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
Hublot King Power F1
IWC Da Vinci
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquid Metal
Panerai Tuttonero 438