Ceramic Injection Moulding: Luxury watch brands launch new offerings

June 16, 2017

Ceramic Injection Moulding: Baselworld 2017 sees luxury watch brands launch new offerings

TAG Heuer unveiled its very first proprietary men’s chronograph made almost entirely from ceramic, including the bracelet, at Baselworld 2017 (Photo TAG Heuer SA)

 

Over the past twenty years Ceramic Injection Moulding (CIM) has become a key driver in contemporary watch design, with its adopters ranging from the most celebrated luxury manufacturers to more affordable mainstream brands.

Many watchmakers now use 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 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 moulded cases, bezels and bracelet parts.

In his article published in Powder Injection Moulding 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…

 

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Extensive MIM, CIM industry and sinter-based AM industry news, plus the following exclusive deep-dive articles and reports:

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