Carbon | Watchmaking’s Most Unique and Cutting-Edge Case Materials

Carbon | Watchmaking’s Most Unique and Cutting-Edge Case Materials

Watch brands continue to find clever ways to integrate carbon into their cases and even their movements, as we saw with the new Panerai Lab-ID launched earlier this year. The material is extremely strong and lightweight, and by utilizing different production processes, it can be applied in a variety of ways, ranging from the traditional woven sheets often seen in the Hublot catalog, to the linear layered processes employed by Roger Dubuis, to the mottled forging process used by Bell & Ross and Audemars Piguet. Most recently, Richard Mille used a proprietary carbon known as Graph TPT fiber to build the timepiece that holds the record for the lightest wristwatch ever made, weighing in at only 40 grams.

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