For many, titanium is the ideal material for a watch. Named after the Titans of Greek folklore, titanium and titanium compounds offer exceptional properties. Titanium is lightweight, has high elasticity, however its surface gets scratched without any problem. It offers excellent consumption obstruction, it is non-attractive, non-toxic, biocompatible and hypoallergenic… And its first commercial use in a watch traces all the way back to 1970, in Japan. This year, Citizen Watch commends 50 years of titanium innovation.
With its exceptional properties, titanium has various applications, from space and aeronautical enterprises or clinical gear creation to compositional designing or watchmaking. Notwithstanding, the expense and the complexity to handle this metal breaking point its utilization. This likewise explains why titanium, a plentiful component, is a generally ongoing material. Despite the fact that it was found in the late 18th century, it was not commonly utilized until the 1940s… And the beginning of the first titanium watch was definitely not direct.
Back during the 1960s, other than the utilization of valuable metals, many watch cases were produced using plated metal (the extensive utilization of tempered steel came during the 1970s). These were inclined to erosion since the plating would strip off over the long haul. This is when Citizen left on an examination venture to discover improved materials to make watches. With its new exploration community opened in 1964, Citizen’s designers directed their concentration toward titanium that was perceived as rust proof, solid, hypoallergenic and light.
However, working with titanium is a test. It will in general adhere to the form when it is squeezed, it wears out apparatuses when it is machined and conventional cleaning strategies don’t acquire an entirely even surface. So, titanium is difficult to press, hard to machine and difficult to clean. Regardless of these challenges, Citizen had the option to introduce the X-8 Chronometer in 1970, the world’s first titanium watch. Be that as it may, this was in no way, shape or form the stopping point: truth be told, it was only the start. Throughout the long term, the brand kept on experimenting with titanium, spearheading new strategies to handle the metal. The determined quest for dominating all the difficulties according to preparing and creating parts in titanium gave the brand an advantage in this field.
Besides handling, another test for Citizen was to improve the unpleasant, matte aspect of titanium. In 1987, with the dispatch of the Attesa assortment, Citizen delivered titanium watches with a delicate radiant completion. The brand’s endeavors toward this path prompted the innovation of Duratect. As titanium gets scratched effectively, the thought was to secure its aspect with a restrictive surface-solidifying innovation. Duratect brings about scratch-safe, high-cleaned surfaces in a huge swath of shadings. Duratect was acquainted with the market with the ASPEC World Time in 2000.
The perfection of Citizen’s endeavors to dominate titanium has been the formation of Super Titanium™, an enrolled brand name for a material that combines the brand’s titanium-handling advancements and the Duratect surface-solidifying process.
To find out about the creation cycle, you can watch the accompanying video about the Eco-Drive One Super TitaniumTM, the most slender light-controlled watch, at just 2.98mm.
Citizen’s Super Titanium™ is lightweight (about 60% lighter than steel) and is very comfortable on the wrist, delicate on the skin and hypoallergenic. It is scratch-safe with a surface hardness around five times better than that of treated steel. It is rust proof and can be delivered in an assortment of tones – not at all like untreated titanium.
EXPANDING INTO Ultra-exact watches… and into SPACE
Lightweight structures and progressed materials with better strength than weight proportion have for some time been recognized as basic partners for the space business. Today, with this novel expertise, Citizen is joining forces with the Japanese beginning up Hakuto-R to give Super Titanium™ innovation for their lunar exploration program. Hakuto-R intends to effectively explore the outside of the Moon by 2023.
For this intense experience, ispace (a lunar exploration company) is autonomously building up a lunar lander and a lunar wanderer to explore the outside of the moon. CITIZEN’s Super Titanium™ will be utilized in the two vehicles. The utilization of Citizen’s restrictive Super Titanium™ is expanding past the world of watchmaking… to make it to the Moon. Be that as it may, Citizen’s most recent utilization of this cutting edge adaptation of titanium was appeared at Baselworld 2019, with the amazing Caliber 0100 – it must be done in Super Titanium™, of course.
For more data, if it’s not too much trouble, visit www.citizenwatch-global.com/titaniumtechnology50th .