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Into The Rolex Watch Factory – Chene-bourg

All the time, Rolex manufactures all the parts (except hands and sapphire crystals) required for watches in its own way, which naturally includes the dial. The Chene-Bourg factory has 10 floors, half on the ground and half on the ground.

   Dial production, coloring and inlaying are done here. The underground is used for production, while the bright ground is used for hand-applied time stamps and diamonds. At any given time, at least 100 employees are setting the dial. The Chene-Bourg factory employs about 800 people, and the work here is absolutely cutting-edge and advanced.

   In the past, the dial was colored with Scotch scotch tape, but now it has been replaced with a silicon gasket. Yes, this material is completely manufactured by Rolex. All dials are made of brass, and all hour markers are made of solid gold. Before dial adjustment, more than 60 procedures need to be completed.

   The most surprising thing is the gem (diamond) quality and setting technique of the Chene-Bourg factory. Rolex does not have many diamond-set watches, and the brand is willing to admit it. But if Rolex has to do something, it must be in a way unique to the brand. This is Rolex. The Chene-Bourg factory has 20 gem-setters, some of whom have experience working in Bulgari and Cartier.

   Rolex only uses diamonds that meet the IF quality standards. IF stands for ‘Internally Flawless’ and has no internal flaws. Rolex also uses special machines to screen diamonds. Any supplier can understand how big this business is, and may be tempted by interest to mix fake diamonds with real diamonds. And Rolex’s machines can screen and filter in large quantities to eliminate fakes. This machine costs tens of thousands of dollars, so what is the probability that Rolex will receive fake diamonds from suppliers? The answer is about one-tenth of a million. However, Rolex is so cautious and meticulous, because this is Rolex. (Photo / text watch home compiled by Xu Chaoyang)
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Traditional Craftsmanship And Technology Crystal Montblanc Nicholas Kay Chronograph

The master watchmaker of Montblanc Watchmaking Factory has merged the beautiful design of the single-button chronograph of Montblanc star Nicholas Kaiser with a cutting-edge silicon crystal technology that appeared last year to create a new generation of Montblanc star Nicholas. · The limited edition of Kaishi hollow-out dial silicon escapement single-button chronograph, highlighting the value of traditional creative technology.
   Montblanc launched the first generation of retro-inspired star Nicholas Kays single-button chronograph in 2008. The new watch movement unveiled this year is equipped with advanced silicon crystal escapement levers and escapement wheels, highlighting the watch factory’s forward-looking technical vision. Improve the determination of traditional movement technology.
   Montblanc star Nicholas Kaiser hollow dial silicon escapement single-button chronograph with chronograph dial and fixed hands for chronograph display is a tribute to Montblanc’s father of timekeeping technology, Nicholas Kaiser, in memory of his 1822 The history of the first timer technology patent in history was obtained on 9th. The chronograph dial and calendar dial of last year’s Open Date hollow dial model are partially hollowed out, showing the structural level of the movement components. This year, the watchmaker of Montblanc Manufacture successfully developed a limited-time Caliber MB R120 self-made chronograph movement equipped with a silicon crystal escapement lever and escapement wheel, and its technical performance is even higher.
The wonderful spark of traditional watchmaking technology and high-tech silicon crystals

   Silicon used to be the mainstay of the semiconductor industry in recent years. It has also been reused by the micro-mechanical engineering industry in recent years. For example, it is used to make computer microprocessors, and even to etch out parts of watch parts from silicon crystal thin films. Deep Reactive etching is used. Ion Etching (DRIE) technology, can produce tiny silicon movement parts and retain the characteristics of silicon crystals: including 60% higher hardness than steel, but 70% lighter, completely antimagnetic and highly resistant to corrosion, The surface of the silicon parts manufactured by DRIE technology is extremely smooth and highly wear-resistant, and it can be used for setting the movement without post-processing.

   The wonderful properties of silicon crystals have fulfilled the dream that watchmakers and engineers have been pursuing, because silicon crystal parts can greatly improve the accuracy and long-term stability of the watch: Imagine the movement frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) Operation, reducing the weight of the escapement lever and escapement wheel is of great benefit to accuracy, because just pushing the steel escapement lever and escapement wheel operation consumes more than 60% of kinetic energy, if the weight of both is reduced by 70% As a result, the energy to propel the escapement system is greatly reduced, and more kinetic energy remains to maintain the optimal amplitude of the balance wheel and extend the power reserve performance. Today’s communication and electronic technology are omnipresent, and the electromagnetic fields caused by it are also pervasive. The antimagnetic properties of silicon crystals just offset the interference of the electromagnetic field on the escapement system, and its outstanding hardness greatly delays the wear of the parts.
Limited production of 50 pieces

   Montblanc star Nicholas Cass skeleton dial Silicone escapement single-button chronograph Caliber MB R120 movement is an advanced version of the original MB R110 manual winding movement, with basic hour and minute display, calendar dial together with The fixed indicator indicates the date. The 7 and 4 o’clock positions are 60 seconds and 30 minutes, respectively. The turntable timer is set to the 8 o’clock position, and the column wheel device is connected with one click to push the start, stop or zero of the timer. Program; the parts of the vertical clutch disc in the timing system are almost free from wear and tear, even if the timing function is activated for a long time, the performance of the movement is not hindered; the power reserve display at the bottom of the movement can be seen from the crystal glass back.
  This new silicon escapement chronograph movement is housed in a 43mm 18K rose gold case with a crystal glass case and case back. The crown for winding and date adjustment is full and delicately carved Pattern, inlaid with the Montblanc hexagonal white star logo; the two timing dials are connected by a bridge splint, echoing the smile of the watch owner, and the overall layout design is the same as the first-generation single-button chronograph; with a brown alligator leather strap And rose gold folding buckle is even more elegant. As the first wristwatch with silicon parts in Montblanc Watch Factory, this new model is limited to 25 pieces, each with its own serial number. It is a rare and rare artistic value, and it is a watch collector’s dream.