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Watch material carbon

Fanda    2018-11-20  

Fiber black exploration and deconstruction carbon fiber carbon fiber material (Carbon Fiber) In recent years in the field of lady chronograph watch making is increasingly used. The carbon fiber is black. Most of the products currently on the market are made by solid phase carbonization of polypropylene fibers. The production process can be roughly divided into several steps of pre-nuclearization, carbonization and graphitization. The carbon content of chronograph watchesthe finished product is basically above 90%. Carbon fiber R & D and production have high thresholds, from the production of raw silk to the carbonization process have complex and strict technical requirements. Many countries in the world, including China, can produce carbon fiber. However, in terms of scale, quality and production capacity, Japan is still the world's largest carbon fiber producer.

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The three companies, Mitsubishi, Toray and Toho, account for more than 80% of global carbon fiber production, and the three companies have continued to expand in recent years to meet market demand. In the watchmaking industry, carbon materials are currently used primarily in the manufacture of dials and cases. Watches made of carbon materials are often used in sports styles to highlight the stylish personality and rare features. Carbon fiber materials are used more or less in sports watches such as Hengbao and TAG Heuer. In particular, some traditional classical and old brands, while retaining traditional craftsmanship and ideas, are also daring to absorb and draw on modern scientific and technological achievements, and use carbon fiber materials to different degrees in traditional classic styles. For example, in its 90th Anniversary Edition, Mido has successfully adopted a carbon fiber dial to deliberately blend retro and modern and limited edition. BELL&ROSS combines a carbon fiber base plate with a tourbillon movement, and a sandblasted titanium case for extra luxury. In other words, making watch parts from carbon fiber is no easy task.

In terms of case manufacturing, it takes a lot of effort to develop the mold, and which type of carbon fiber is used with which resin is highly technical. Forging and high temperature curing are also very important, and it is by no means a simple process. For example, Audemars Piguet's Royal Oak carbon concept tourbillon chronograph, which uses a forged carbon case, is a complicated process. To put it simply, the metal mold with the same size and shape as the actual case is first manufactured, and the release agent is sprayed inside the mold to be separated from the mold after the finished product is formed. Then, the selected carbon powder is placed in a mold together with the resin to be cured at a high temperature, and after reaching a certain temperature, it is punched and molded. This curing and forming process is likely to require several iterations to get the final product, which is also called the "forging process." In addition, in order to chronograph watches with genuine leather pursue more visual exquisiteness, some cases are also polished after forging to achieve the effect of excellence. As for the dial made, it is more difficult to operate. The key point is that the pre-incubation process should be very fine, the fiber arrangement, the resin type ratio, the speed and temperature control during production must undergo rigorous repeated testing. While ensuring the strength and flatness of the fiber, there must be no shackles, otherwise it will affect the work and beauty of the movement.

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