Molding: Luxury watch brands launch new offerings
16th Jun, 2017
the first proprietary men’s chronograph made almost entirely from
ceramic, including the bracelet
Over the past twenty years Ceramic Injection Molding (CIM) has become a
key driver in contemporary watch design, with its adopters ranging from
the most celebrated luxury manufacturers to more affordable mainstream
Many watchmakers now use
Molding (CIM) for their watch cases, in full or in part, as well as
for bracelets and other components. This is largely due to the allure of
highly polished or striking matt ceramics, with their extreme hardness
offering superior scratch resistance and their cool touch and
hypoallergenic properties making for a more comfortable wear.
It is the world’s leading luxury brands that continue to push the
boundaries of what can be achieved with Ceramic Injection Molding (CIM)
and create iconic new editions of ceramic watches such as Rado’s
Ceramica, Omega’s Seamaster Planet Ocean Big Blue and Hublot’s Big Bang,
to name just a few.
Baselword 2017 saw over 106,000 visitors attend to view the latest
collections from the crème de la crème of watchmaking, including the
most recent offerings in watches using ceramic injection molded cases,
bezels and bracelet parts.
In his article published in Powder Injection Molding International, Vol.
11, No. 2, Bernard Williams reports on the latest launches from some of
the watchmaking industry’s leading players, including Rado, Omega,
Hublot, Lehmann Schramberg and more, and gives insight into the
processes used to make them…