For many, titanium is the ideal material for a watch. Named after the Titans of Greek folklore, titanium and titanium combinations offer novel properties. Titanium is lightweight, has high rigidity, however its surface gets scratched without any problem. It offers excellent consumption opposition, 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 ventures or clinical gear creation to compositional designing or watchmaking. In any case, the expense and the complexity to deal with this metal cutoff its utilization. This additionally explains why titanium, a bountiful component, is a generally ongoing material. In spite of 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 treated steel came during the 1970s). These were inclined to erosion since the plating would strip off over the long run. This is when Citizen left on an exploration venture to discover improved materials to make watches. With its new examination community opened in 1964, Citizen’s specialists 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 shape when it is squeezed, it wears out instruments when it is machined and customary cleaning procedures don’t get a completely even surface. So, titanium is difficult to press, hard to machine and difficult to clean. In spite of these challenges, Citizen had the option to introduce the X-8 Chronometer in 1970, the world’s first titanium watch. Yet, this was in no way, shape or form the stopping point: indeed, it was only the start. Throughout the long term, the brand kept on experimenting with titanium, spearheading new procedures to handle the metal. The resolute quest for dominating all the difficulties corresponding to preparing and creating parts in titanium gave the brand an advantage in this field.
Besides preparing, another test for Citizen was to improve the harsh, matte part of titanium. In 1987, with the dispatch of the Attesa assortment, Citizen delivered titanium watches with a soft shiny completion. The brand’s endeavors toward this path prompted the innovation of Duratect. As titanium gets scratched effectively, the thought was to secure its viewpoint 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 climax of Citizen’s endeavors to dominate titanium has been the production of Super Titanium™, an enlisted brand name for a material that combines the brand’s titanium-handling innovations 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-fueled 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 multiple times better than that of tempered steel. It is rust proof and can be created in an assortment of shadings – 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 quite some time been recognized as basic partners for the space business. Today, with this one of a kind expertise, Citizen is cooperating 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 freely building up a lunar lander and a lunar meanderer to explore the outside of the moon. CITIZEN’s Super Titanium™ will be utilized in the two vehicles. The utilization of Citizen’s exclusive Super Titanium™ is expanding past the universe of watchmaking… to make it to the Moon. Yet, Citizen’s most recent utilization of this innovative form of titanium was appeared at Baselworld 2019, with the great 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 .