Top Watchmakers Are Using Silicon to Rethink Classic Horology – Robb Report

Ulysse Nardin was among the first to try silicon (which the company refers to as silicium), by using it in place of steel for two escapement wheels in its revolutionary Freak model in 2001. “We started to put it in all of our watches,” says François-Xavier Hotier, the US brand president for Ulysse Nardin. Customers’ added bonus: a five-year warranty. In 2006 the company signaled its commitment by taking a 50 percent stake in Sigatec, a Swiss manufacturer of silicon that also develops smartphone chips. Now it supplies the material to several other watch companies.

Ulysse Nardin’s Freak uses the latest technological breakthroughs. 

Courtesy of Ulysse Nardin

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