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

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

One of the first alternative watch materials to hit the market, Ceramic was first used in Omega’s prototype Seamaster Cermet in 1973, and then for the IWC Da Vinci Ceramic in 1986. Since then, Blancpain, Omega, Bell & Ross, and Audemars Piguet have thrown their hats into the ring—and with good reason. Ceramic is both highly resistant to scratching, and remarkably lightweight—weighing roughly the same as aluminum, though it is much stronger. What’s more, brands are now able to craft ceramic cases in a range of colors that will survive the life of the watch, unlike diamond-like coatings and physical vapor deposition, both of which have a propensity for wearing off over the years.

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