Through the history of watches, there have been a variety of metals that have been used for the construction of their parts. This gives watch enthusiasts a wide array of watches to choose from as each different type of watch metal has its own characteristics and aesthetic appeals. They have their own advantages and disadvantages which this guide will help enumerate in order to help you decided which kind of watch metal is more suited for you.
Polycarbonate has an appearance like plastic and is similarly lightweight and highly durable. It does not have the wow factor of watch metals, but can be finished in any color, either matte or glossy.
Steel is made of iron, chromium, and nickel, giving it a malleable characteristic. It is the most popular metal used in the production of watches today. Despite being extremely durable and having a sought-after polished finished, it is more affordable than gold, platinum, and titanium.
In the beginning, gold was the standard high-class metal manufacturers used for its most luxurious timepieces. Though pure gold is too malleable, the gold in watches is often combined with other elements such as silver and copper to make the gold harder and more durable. However, gold is susceptible to scratching and is affected negatively by seawater.
The addition of alloys helps transform the color of the gold to either yellow, white, or even rose. Yellow gold is made from a combination of gold, copper, and silver. The color has stood the test of time, and timepieces in this color are often recognized for being classic. White gold is made from a combination of gold, copper, palladium, nickel, and zinc. It is a less flashy color, but timeless, nonetheless. Rose gold looks somewhat pink and is made from gold, copper, and silver. It gives timepieces a more feminine touch, but like the other gold colors, it still looks classic and luxurious.
Platinum is much rarer than gold but has advantageous properties in comparison. First, platinum is hypoallergenic and ideal for those who have sensitive skin. Platinum is often pure in its composition and naturally color white, so it does not fade over time despite heavy use. The most unique characteristic of platinum is its density. When scratched, the metal is simply displaced and does not fall off, so it can be polished repeatedly since it does not wear down.
Titanium has the highest strength-to-weight ration of any of the metals here. It is just as strong as steel but weighs about half as much. Like platinum, it is also hypoallergenic and is highly resistant to corrosion. It does not even corrode against sweat.
Tungsten Carbide is a chemical compound powder that is shaped through a heating process. It is dense and extremely harder than steel, gold, and titanium, making it highly scratch-resistant. It can be highly polished to a mirror-like finish just like titanium.
High-tech ceramic is made from zirconium oxide. It is highly scratch-resistant and durable yet also lightweight. It has a unique, fashionable look. It is also hypoallergenic and incredibly comfortable on the wrist. A drawback is that ceramic is fragile and can easily break when put up against marble or concrete. Another disadvantage is that ceramic is heavier than titanium, steel, and gold.
As you can see, there are a lot of different watch materials out there to choose from, each with their own appeal, strengths, and weaknesses. If you need help trying to figure out which material is best for you, it is best to actually get hands-on with the timepieces and get a feel for them on your wrist to test just how comfortable they are to you. You can do so at Tempus, where you can find brands like Tissot, Frédérique Constant, and Rado, high-quality brands that use only the best materials in their products.
Tempus Watch Store Philippine Branches:
TEMPUS MALL OF ASIA
2nd Floor, North Wing, Main Bldg, SM Mall of Asia
(02) 823 5258
917 327 6840
TEMPUS CENTRIO (CDO)
Space 1063, LEVEL 1, Centrio,
Ayala Mall, Cagayan de Oro City
(088) 880 0136
(0926) 311 4087
TEMPUS LANANG (DAVAO)
254 SM Lanang Premier,
JP Laure, Bajada, Davao City
(082) 285 8506
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