IWC Aqua­timer Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Dig­i­tal Date-Month Edi­tion “50 Years Aqua­timer”

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - TIMEPIECES -

IWC opens up a fur­ther chap­ter in the story of ma­te­ri­als in­no­va­tion. Cer­ata­nium or Ceramized ti­ta­nium is a newly de­vel­oped ma­te­rial that com­bines the ad­van­tages of ti­ta­nium and ce­ramic. Based on a ti­ta­nium al­loy, the ma­te­rial is as light, rigid and skin-friendly as ti­ta­nium it­self, but as wear-free, hard and scratch-re­sis­tant as ce­ramic with an at­trac­tive black sheen. The al­loy is made spe­cially for IWC and de­liv­ered in the form of round bars. The blanks are first ma­chined to give them their fi­nal shape and sub­se­quently placed in an oven. Oxy­gen is dif­fused through the ma­te­rial, a “phase trans­for­ma­tion” takes place, and the sur­face of the metal is ceramized. The process gives it not only prop­er­ties typ­i­cal of ce­ramic, such as scratch-re­sis­tance, but also a strik­ing, matte black colour. Un­like a DLC coat­ing, which can chip or flake off, the ce­ramic sur­face is in­sep­a­ra­bly bonded to the sub­strate. IWC’s de­sire to cre­ate a ma­te­rial suit­able for a black watch ini­ti­ated a five-year devel­op­ment process. For the Aqua­timer Per­pet­ual Cal­en­dar Dig­i­tal Date-Month Edi­tion “50 Years Aqua­timer” (Ref. IW379403), the world’s first wrist­watch made of Cer­ata­nium, IWC’s spe­cial­ists made not only the case but also the clasp, crown and push-but­tons from the same in­no­va­tive ma­te­rial.

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