316L STAINLESS STEEL
Stainless steel is a steel alloy with a minimum of 10.5% chromium content by mass. It has a natural resistance to magnetic interference, stains and corrosion, which is greatly enhanced through PVD coating. Of the 150 available versions of stainless steel, we have chosen a very specific type, 316L (the “L” stands for Low Carbon), for its receptiveness to extremely tight machining tolerances.
PHYSICAL VAPOR DEPOSITION (PVD)
PVD is an industrial process originally developed by NASA that’s used to precisely transfer a vaporized source material in very thin coatings onto a part within a vacuum chamber. The process is most commonly used for a variety of machine elements with strict performance requirements such as surgical tools and drill bits. PVD coatings can be harder and more corrosion resistant than coatings applied by the electroplating process. Most coatings have high temperature and good impact strength, excellent abrasion resistance and are so durable that protective topcoats are almost never necessary.
AUTOMATIC JAPANESE MOVEMENT
Automatic Movements are functional kinetic sculptures. High quality watch movements use jewels as pivot points because they can be made exceptionally round and are very durable/low friction. Our Automatic movements use 26 jewels.
On the Moh’s Scale of hardness, with 10 being the hardest (diamond), Corundum (sapphire) is a 9. We chose sapphire lenses for all of our watches due to their remarkable scratch resistance, clarity and strength.
INTEGRATED NEAR FIELD COMMUNICATION (NFC)
Short for Near Field Communication, NFC Chips allow smartphones and similar devices to establish radio communication with each other by touching them together or bringing them into close proximity, usually no more than a few inches. When coupled with a smart phone or other NFC enabled technology, your watch can be programmed to initiate a single action, allowing you to automate a single task in your digital life. What’s your function?