In August 2018, Swatch Group, as a team with Audemars Piguet , reported the advancement of another, paramagnetic compensating combination produced using a titanium base called Nivachron. In the event that this may sound somewhat hidden, Nivachron connotes a genuine advancement in the battle against attraction. Targeting streamlining the obstruction of the watch to attractive fields, it addresses a generous improvement for watches, upgrading the oscillator’s consistency and subsequently the watch’s accuracy. We were interested to know how and when Swatch Group would present this innovation. All things considered, the stand by is finished and amazingly, the first watch to get it comes from the Group’s passage level brand. Meet the Swatch Flymagic.
Before we move to the specialized part and the introduction of this new Swatch Flymagic, let’s come to the heart of the matter. What Swatch has introduced today is an advancement of the Sistem51, with a rearranged development, obvious through the dial, still programmed (with the swaying weight on the dial side), with little seconds and predominantly, with another paramagnetic Nivachron Hairspring. This improvement included other companies of the Swatch Group, without shock ETA (development creation subject matter expert) and Nivarox (the confided in hairspring and variety manufacturer).
Also, note that the watches introduced today are a major flight (in fact and value insightful) from the standard creation of Swatch. These are kind of proclamation pieces to present the innovation, which will later be utilized across the Sistem51 range.
Innovative materials to battle magnetism
The interior pieces of a watch can get charged, specifically, the hairspring whose loops remain together when polarized. Attractive fields are wherever in our cutting edge world: shutting magnets, computers, mobile phones, even family apparatuses radiate attractive fields that adversely influence the exhibition of mechanical watches. The most noticeably awful part is that the impact is constant, disturbing the working of the managing organ for all time until it is demagnetized in a help centre.
For quite a while, watchmakers have attempted to shield the development from attraction by lodging it in a defensive enclosure, normally made of soft iron. This arrangement is, in any case, inadequate for extreme focus attractive fields. All the more as of late examination has zeroed in on the actual development, all the more explicitly on the equilibrium haggle climate. Swatch Group, and specifically Omega, has been at the bleeding edge of this examination. Omega’s developments have been altogether reconsidered regarding plan and materials to become non-attractive and dispose of the lingering impacts upsetting the advancement of the directing organ!
In this specific circumstance, making the hairspring in non-ferrous material is the essential core interest. Yet, there are not many elective answers for overcome the fundamental shortcoming of conventional ferromagnetic hairsprings. Silicon is one of these and has altered the watch business of late. It presents remarkable properties to fabricate hairsprings, being light, hard-wearing, solid, thermally steady and hostile to attractive. In any case, this innovation is accessible to a set number of companies as it were. It was first evolved by Ulysse Nardin through Sigatec – a joint endeavor with Mimotec. On the other hand, Rolex, Patek Philippe and Swatch Group collaborated in joint improvement with CSEM. More as of late, TAG Heuer introduced its first watch outfitted with a carbon composite hairspring .
Yet, not every person is a fanatic of these cutting edge advances (silicon/carbon composite) and some inquiry whether silicon has its place in a customary mechanical watch. Others question the capacity to reestablish developments made with silicon hairsprings in the a long time to come (without approaching unique extra parts). The utilization of non-ferrous enemy of/paramagnetic amalgams positions itself as an intriguing other option. In 2000, Rolex created and licensed an inventive hairspring in a selective compound of niobium, zirconium and oxygen: the Parachrom hairspring. For Swatch Group, the presentation of Nivachron hairsprings will “permit an extensive decrease in the impact of the remaining impact of an attractive field on the running of a watch, a decrease by a factor of 10 to 20, contingent upon the calibre”.
The dispatch of Nivachron Hairsprings with Swatch is the first step for Swatch Group. Later on, all mechanical watches delivered by Swatch Group brands will be outfitted with ‘against’- attractive properties, either with a silicon or Nivachron balance springs (both licensed developments). This implies a considerable quality improvement as far as exactness and dependability for Swatch Group watches. In the casing of the declaration of its 2018 outcomes , the gathering reported that this development will be sponsored up by a more extended assurance period.
Last however not least, the way that Swatch Group intends to present this innovation with Swatch watches (the gathering’s most open mechanical watches) is an assertion. It shows that Swatch Group intends to deliver this innovation in enormous amounts and at a competitive expense – and really, the gathering needs these amounts to make the innovation viable.
The Swatch Sistem51 As A Base
Presented in 2013, the Swatch Sistem51 pulled in incredible consideration. Initially estimated at around EUR 150, the creative idea depends on a completely machine-delivered development, produced using only 51 sections held together by a solitary screw. Bragging 90 hours power save, its programmed development is twisted by a straightforward bi-directional rotor offering an unobstructed perspective on its internal workings.
The escapement has no controller; the rate is set at the industrial facility with a laser, making the manual rate changes typically needed by a mechanical watch unnecessary. It comes with a brisk set instrument for the date. A few components highlight hostile to attractive properties, remembering the scaffolds and plate for ARCAP, a composite of copper, nickel and zinc. Obviously, the Swatch Sistem51 isn’t Haute Horlogerie, yet this super-sagaciously designed watch joins the Swatch cool factor and rather amazing mechanical watch highlights for under EUR 200!
Swatch Flymagic – Now with Nivachron Hairspring
To present its new Nivachron innovation, Swatch Group discharges three steel restricted release watches called Flymagic, controlled by an altered, refreshed variant of the Swatch Sistem51 type. In this example, the development is reversed with its straightforward rotor uncovered on the dial side. It offers an unobstructed perspective on the time with focal hours and minutes, and a little seconds turning anticlockwise (the development is modified). Most importantly, the key Nivachron hairspring is in plain view diminishing the negative impact of attractive fields by a factor of 10-20.
Unlike the ordinary Sistem51 development, this variant isn’t made of only 51 sections. There are 15 additional components. However, much the same as in the past, the force hold is a solid 90 hours and the accuracy is of +/ – 7 seconds for every day.
This advancement included other companies of the Swatch Group, obviously ETA (development creation trained professional) and Nivarox (the unpreventable hairspring and arrangement producer). It will clearly give a key competitive preferred position to Swatch Group over companies that don’t approach such innovation. Believe that 30% of aftersales return are really identified with magnetism.
The cost for these 500-piece restricted version watches is set at CHF 1,500. The watches will be accessible starting at 30 April 2019 (the birthday of Carl Friedrich Gauss). Standard Swatch Sistem51 watches with Nivachron hairspring will be dispatched in September 2019.
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