Wednesday, July 25, 2012
In the quest to create watches from unusual metals, Angular Momentum’s new watch, in association with Manu Propria, has raised the bar – it’s made from Zirconium. Zirconium is a chemical element with the symbol Zr, atomic number 40 and atomic mass of 91.224. The name of zirconium is taken from the mineral zircon, the most important source of zirconium.
It is a lustrous, grey-white, strong transition metal that closely resembles titanium. Zirconium is a metal with a high affinity to oxygen. Although a little softer than stainless steel, it’s highly resistant to salt water, acids, alkalis and more. It creates a naturally protective oxide film which results in a high corrosion resistance to most acids.
Zirconium is biocompatible and non toxic and is used in various applications in the nuclear industry and also in the chemical and medical industries.
The new piece radiates beauty through its greyish white tones, with a glossy sheen similar to titanium. Zirconium 702 was used for the movement holder, crown, case and dial, while the mechanical part consists of an ancient hand-winding movement calibre FHF 96.
The 38mm watch features black printed Arabic numerals numbers on the dial and contrasting blued steel hands which contrast beautifully with the black dial.
No word on price or availability yet.