Back to black
Black timepieces are bringing sexy back. Many watch lovers have taken to customising their watches with black finishes via a process called PVD. But what does this mean exactly? CHRONEXT clears this question right up.
What is a PVD coating?
If you had the chance to personalize your watch and make it your own, wouldn’t you? An increasing number of watch lovers are taking the opportunity to do just that with an innovative Physical Vapour Deposition (PVD) process, which applies a coating to the surface of a watch with materials such as titanium nitride (TIN), titanium carbon nitride (TiCN), Titanium aluminium nitride (TiAlN), zirconium nitride (ZrN), Silicon Oxide (SIOX), and what seems to be a favourite among watch lovers, Diamond Like Carbon (DLC). These coatings can be applied to give your watch extra strength and increased aesthetic appeal.
Some watch enthusiasts praise this customization process, claiming that it provides classic timepieces with a refreshed look while others insist that it ruins the value of some renowned watch models. But a modern day PVD coating has evident advantages aside from just a change in aesthetics. A DLC-finish, for example, will harden your timepiece, making it more resistant to shocks and scratches. The finish will also keep its polish or sheen no matter what kind of abuse you subject it to.
How do PVD & DLC coatings on watches work?
PVD…DLC… what’s the difference?
PVD is a process that applies and bonds a small layer of metal compounds to the base metal of a watch. In the world of watches, this base metal usually consists of stainless steel or titanium, although almost any material can be PVD coated. Thin layers of material are deposited on the surface of a timepiece’s components via condensation of vapor in a high temperature and vacuum environment. The watch components are coated slowly over time with a thin layer that is tightly bonded to the material beneath it.
Today, a very popular coating applied to watches via the PVD process is called DLC. The properties of the carbon coating always depend on who is making it or applying it, but usually consist of a combination of carbon, titanium, and nitrogen that, as made evident by its name, enhances the durability of the watch to a level of diamonds. The carbon is blasted onto the surface of watch’s components and then cooled down extremely quickly.
How durable is a DLC coating?
DLC coated watches are completely resistant to scratches. A DLC coating is considered the highest quality PVD coating since it is the most durable and the hardest to scratch. Evidently, the DLC coating adds a layer on the watch, which also protects it against elements of regular wear.
Manufacture produced PVD-coated watches
The increasing popularity of DLC watches has not gone unnoticed by renowned manufacturers. Tudor, for example, introduced the Tudor Heritage Black Bay Dark at Baselworld 2016, which is treated with a PVD coating. The model has gained criticism from some enthusiasts who have asked why the renowned brand has opted for an “outdated” coating when the more reliable DLC coating is readily available.
DLC coatings by CHRONEXT
If you are interested in treating your watch with a DLC finish, CHRONEXT has got your back. All of the timepieces in our shop can be customised with a DLC-coated finish should you wish to do so. The process takes between 4 to 6 weeks and the price is 2,000 €.
If you have any questions about PVD/DLC processes or are considering customising your timepiece, don’t hesitate to contact the CHRONEXT Atelier here.
If you would like to see our selection of already available DLC-coated watches, click here.
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