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December 2016

Illustrated Audemars Piguet Forged Carbon Case Production Process

Audemars Piguet’s forged carbon case is made of thousands of strands of carbon fiber rope wrapped in polyamide (nylon) and forged in a specially made mold.
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Track Timing Concept Michael Schumacher Memorial Watch with Forged Carbon Case

First prepare the material, here are more than 6,000 strands of carbon fiber rope wrapped in polyamide.

Cutting the segments is just enough to make a case. Too much to remove excess; too little to use.
Press the carbon fiber rope into the special case mold.
Fix the position and tighten.
Start forging.
The whole is placed in a special oven.
Remove the mold.
Remove the case.

Ready to retouch.
Forged carbon case.
The bottom cover was initially configured and later replaced by titanium.
Example of a finished watch with a forged carbon case. Light texture and equivalent tensile strength to stainless steel.
   By the way, a few digressions, the ceramic can be broken by applying sufficient force to the ceramic at the right angle. Some will crack on the tile, and some will hit the metal door frame many times without damage. The latter is very rare, but it is indeed possible.
   Audemars Piguet ceramics are about 7 times harder than stainless steel, and white ceramics are about 9 times harder than stainless steel. It takes about 12 hours to make a white ceramic case, and 1.5 hours for a stainless steel case. It takes about 8 hours to make a bezel on a white ceramic case, and it only takes 45 minutes to make a bezel on a steel case. Both materials are very durable and are widely used in sports watch manufacturing.

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History And Brand Story

In 1860, JUVENIA watch (Juvenia watch) was built by watchmaker division from Alsace, France. Jacques Didisheim was in St. Elias (St. Elias). Imier) founded and opened his first watchmaking workshop. With his dedication and enthusiasm for watchmaking technology, Di Dixun has drawn up a vibrant and leading brand with respect for the emperor, which has become a symbol of fashion at the time. Although the founder Jacques Didisheim opened up a bright future for the brand, his son Bernard Didisheim has not stopped because of his immediate achievements. He is well aware that in order to achieve even better results in a highly competitive market, it is necessary to make a movement of his own brand. Therefore, he opened a watch factory in 1908, specializing in the production of ultra-thin pocket watch movements for the Emperor, and actively participated in all areas of the watch industry, so that the brand was involved in watches, watch parts, clocks and parts, and auxiliary manufacturing of watches. Appliances, polishing supplies, etc., gather the essence of watch manufacturing and technology, laying a solid foundation for the brand’s strength.
 In the early 1900s, the Emperor opened two brand stores in 43 Rue de L’Echiquier in Paris’ 10th district and Valverde 1 in Madrid. In 1914, Regent’s headquarters was relocated to La Chaux-de-Fonds, and the first watchmaking workshop with modern equipment and advanced instruments was opened at 101 Paix Avenue. With the rapid expansion of Zunhuang’s business, as early as the construction of the Suez Canal, Juvenia Zunhuang watch set up a great plan for the development of global business. Due to the favorable conditions of this day and time, the development of sea and land transportation allows Zunhuang to easily bring the world With the establishment of its sales professional, Luo Zhi, with the establishment of distribution agents in India, Asia and the Americas, Zunhuang Watch has developed rapidly in the world market, and has quickly become popular in the international watch industry. The prominent watch (Hanhart) has entered the royal nobility.

Juvenia headquarters and factory in La Chaux-de-Fonds (1914)
Zunhuang brand Swiss watch industry has always enjoyed the reputation of perfection and extraordinary craftsmanship. In the history of 145 years, it has continuously pursued breakthroughs. In 1880, Emperor Huang pioneered the revolutionary introduction of roller gear operating systems. In the early stage, the winding movement was turned by the key, and in the later stage, it was replaced by the crown, leading the craft of the entire industry. Later, Zunhuang applied this technology to a movement equipped with lever-type gears and increasingly smaller dimensions, making Zunhuang watch the world’s first women’s nursery. At the Swiss National Exhibition in 1914, Zunhuang Watch Factory also exhibited the world’s first smallest single-layer mechanical movement at the time: the movement diameter was only 9.5 mm, and the thickness was only 2.5 mm. A new dimension in Swiss watchmaking is still a monumental work today. In contrast, the large watch case provides the designer, sculptor, enamel painter, and jewelry decorator with a space for creativity and the opportunity to show strength. The emperor has always respected the concept of emphasizing decoration and perfect shape. Decoration reached its peak in the first decade of the twentieth century.

The world’s smallest single-layer mechanical movement made by the Emperor in 1914, only 2.5 mm thick
The prestige of glaze technology from 1920 to 1935 made gorgeous colors appear as icing on the watch design. At this time, the emperor watch also attached great importance to the exploration and use of appearance and geometric lines: in 1919, the emperor watch broke through Sexually combined the oval and diamond case artistic design to create a novel and avant-garde look at the time. The square and equilateral hexagons are integrated into the design of the overall case, and at the same time, each place in the decorative details is like a sparkler inspired by blooms, intended to recreate a watch that tells time. Later, the Emperor Watch introduced the watch at that time into the clothes of the royal aristocracy, and took the lead in launching all kinds of beautifully decorated watch. At the time, the leading watch style diversified.

Zunhuang watch led the diversified trend style of wall watch in 1920-1925
After the First World War, a popular trend of decorative arts emerged. Until 1935, the gorgeous and colorful decorative arts have reached the peak and are widely integrated into people’s lives. Among these are masterpieces of clock decoration design. Zunhuang watches adhering to the outstanding talents in the watchmaking industry, and also contributed outstanding products in this area. For some special order requirements, the technology of enamel glaze is applied to the decoration design of watches and clocks to show the unique vision of creativity and design. Regardless of whether it is on the dial or the case, the Master Watchmaker will make full use of all kinds of creativity to design the lugs, and provide a worthy stage for the master’s inspiration in his vast design space. The style and styling of the watch can be fascinated with a new side.

The table clock also had a very important position in the Zhuang Huang watch family at the time: Specifically, Zong Huang applied flexible technology to other metal surface decoration, wood inlay, leather decoration and enamel filling techniques. The decoration technology like the master’s finishing touch to meet the customers’ needs and needs also made the royal clock the best choice for home decoration at that time. At the Paris Arts Décoratifs exhibition in 1925 AD, Emperor Watch won a world-renowned watch altar award, the Decorative Arts Grand Prix. In 1947, Emperor Zhuang introduced a series of shocking watches: the mysterious series, intended to convey from his own creativity to the delicate and clever charm and charming charm of his wrist, and finally convinced with precise and strict quality and attracted people’s attention. The Mystery Series carries forward the superiority of the emperor’s consistent imagination, inspired by the floating indicator of the Mystery Clock of the last century, and gave birth to the creative masterpiece Mystere alarm clock; combining the dial, bezel and scale indicators into one, a combination Into a perfect design and precision complete appearance.

The Emperor won the highest honor of decorative arts in 1925. Decorative Arts Grand Prix

1947 Mysterious Clock
 Before the advent of electronic measuring instruments, slide rules had become an indispensable tool in scientific and commercial applications; at that time, such tools were available to architects, surveyors, engineers, doctors, and businessmen. Adhering to the product-focused product strategy, and considering the needs of consumers, in 1945, Emperor Watch first created Mathmetic table clocks and Arithmo watches with a sliding ruler, which greatly helped professionals to perform calculations in daily life; special The mirror design reads the 12 o’clock direction mark when reading the meter for easy calculation at any time.
 In 1956, the Slim watch series was grandly launched. Its ultra-thin movement requires more delicate hand-made, and its design has pushed the watch design art design for nearly a century to a new height. This Slim series has various performances according to market requirements, such as automatic and manual refining performance and basic date performance. In 1982 and 1983, Zunhuang launched the stainless steel Number One ultra-thin watch and ultra-thin diamond watch Taiga series with 18K gold bezels, which not only specifically demonstrated the brand’s design experience and outstanding creativity, but also the brand’s history in watchmaking. Set a new milestone. In 1993, Zunhuang launched the golden age Golden Age watch series, which is both rigid and flexible, which is very popular in the market. In addition to the classic series, the Golden Age watch also has sports styles to choose from.
 Passing on such enthusiasm and culture for the manufacture of watches and clocks, Zunhuang Watch has always insisted on sublimating to the never-ending artistic level, and determined to write a new milestone for the brand. Zunhuang strives to adhere to the belief of perfection, continuously drives the brand to the palace of top watch brands, and has continuously launched the annual unique collector’s series since 2002, marking the source of strength and inspiration. Ingenious design and compelling quality make this collector’s collection of art treasured by the world.

 The hottest series launched from 2004 to 2005 include the antique pocket watch Les Métiers Horloger series, the invaluable Mythique series and the Mystere mysterious series, etc., which continue to drive the brand to the palace of top watch brands. Since 2005, Zunhuang has launched a new advertising theme of ‘Inspiration. Transcendence’, sublimating to the endless perfection and artistic level, pushing the brand’s market position to the top. In addition to studying rare materials and constantly inspiring inspiration from nature, Juvenia’s most impressive thing is the weight that touched the collector’s heart, all from the little bit accumulated by the little bit. Charm, tradition and history, as well as a state of aesthetics that speaks for itself.

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