Hublot, the top Swiss luxury watch brand known for ‘the art of fusion,’ and the Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne have developed a new precious metal that will soon be used in the production of watches and jewelry.
Hublot, the top Swiss luxury watch brand known for ‘the art of fusion’, was launched on December 15, 2011 at the headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. The Hublot watch metallurgical research and development department in conjunction with the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Precious metal alloy. This new alloy material is a revolutionary breakthrough in precious metal materials and is bound to have a huge impact on the future high-tech industry. Mr. Jean-Claude Beaver, CEO of Hublot Global, and Andreas Mortensen, professor at ETH Lausanne, attended the launch ceremony.
The briefing session focused on how to truly ‘fusion’ 24 carat gold (the purest natural precious metal) with the most advanced materials technology. The entire joint research and development project took three years, and finally achieved this world-renowned achievement ‘Magic Hublot Gold’, a new precious metal material, which has been identified as 18 carats by the Swiss Rare Metals Control Office and is about to obtain a patent certificate. The 18-carat ‘Magic Hublot Gold’ is the world’s first anti-scratch gold, which effectively prevents other gold or alloy products from being easily scratched due to age.
Hardness is an important criterion for measuring the wear resistance of a metal: doubling the hardness of a metal means that the metal must be able to withstand the doubling of the pressing force acting on it. ‘Standard’ high-quality 18-carat gold withstands 400-Vickers compression forces. The Hubble Gold can withstand up to 1000 Vickers hardness, and even the hardest steel can only withstand 600 Vickers hardness. This makes ‘Hublot Gold’ the world’s hardest gold. To a certain extent, only diamonds can leave a real ‘scratch’ on it.
The process of making this new alloy material is very complicated: first of all, it is necessary to statically press the boron carbide powder into abrasive tools that are very close to the finished shape, such as the case, bracelet, bezel, etc. After molding, the ceramic abrasive tool is not only one of the most wear-resistant materials, but also highly refractory. In extremely high temperature environments, it can become a hard and permeable structure without changing its shape. The molten gold is then injected into the grinding tool under high pressure. The entire process needs to be performed under inert gas pressure and sufficient high temperature and pressure to ensure that molten metal can be filled into each pore of the ceramic abrasive tool. In the end, the two are perfectly ‘fused’ into a new alloy material.
The final product, 18 carats of ‘Magic Hublot Gold’, contains 750 thousandths of gold purity, which is similar to ordinary 18 carat gold, but because of the fusion of ceramic components, this alloy becomes super wear-resistant and performance Significantly better than traditional 18 carat gold.
Now, Hublot has successfully completed the research and development of new materials, and has begun to invest heavily in watch manufacturing. This is due to the development of high-tech alloy casting technology, which enables high-temperature ceramic sintering and high-pressure metal casting processes to eventually create entirely new precious metals. The first finished watch made with ‘Magic Hublot Gold’ will be presented at Baselworld 2012.