Carbon watch case with innovative surface finish and excellent surface quality

Eine Luxusuhr aus Carbon neben einer Luxsuhr aus Titanium von vorne
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For the French watch manufacturer Audaceone, CrossTEQ developed a novel PEI carbon fiber material and produced a highly complex watch case using their x-NET precision molding process.

Customer: Audaceone

Product: SQUARE Black Titanium Carbon “Black and Blue”, Limited Edition

Industry: Watches, luxury goods 

Case material: Thermoplastic PEI-Carbonfiber Composite, (Frame: Titanium Grade 5 (TA6V) )

Technology: x-NET Precision Molding

USP: Lightweight, surface quality

The SQUARE Black Titanium Carbon "Black and Blue" design features cutting-edge materials originally developed for super cars and rockets.

Audaceone SQUARE PEI carbon fiber composite watch case

Carbon Uhrengehäuse der Audaceone SQUARE Black Carbon Collection von hinten
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For the Audaceone SQUARE watch case, CrossTEQ used a high-performance carbon fiber composite material consisting of a PEI polymer matrix and unidirectional carbon fiber reinforced tapes, originally developed for aerospace applications.

The movement is integrated directly into the carbon frame. This construction is a world first and reduces the number of parts required and thus the total weight to a minimum.

Why thermoplastic carbon fiber composites for watches & jewelry?

Carbon Uhrengehäuse der Audaceone SQUARE Black Carbon Collection von der Seite
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In addition to its extremely light weight, the thermoplastic fiber composite material used by CrossTEQ demonstrated better skin tolerance and significantly higher scratch resistance compared to thermoset composites. 

  Lightweight with 9mm housing thickness
  Weight to resistance ratio of 70 grams
  Unique surface appearance and quality
  Scratch resistant
  Skin compatible

x-NET Precision Molding for watch cases and other precision parts

Audaceone SQUARE Black Carbonuhr am Handgelenk eines Mannes mit weissem Anzug
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For the SQUARE carbon fiber watch case, CrossTEQ applied its proprietary x-NET composite precision molding process, which enables the targeted use of these material properties and is therefore particularly well suited for the production of watches and other luxury goods such as jewelry and sunglasses.

Through the x-NET process solution, CrossTEQ achieved a unique appearance and innovative surface finish with excellent surface quality for the Audaceone SQUARE watch case.

Using proprietary x-NET Precision Molding Composite technology, CrossTEQ produces highly complex, final contour accurate molded parts with unique and functional surfaces.

Why thermoplastic composite precision molding of watches?

Hand mit Latexhandschuh greift von oben nach Carbon Uhrengehäuse auf dem Tisch

Thanks to the contour-accurate production in the automated x-NET Compression Molding process, the subsequent processes as well as the material waste during production are reduced to a minimum.

  Customized material selection
  Finest tolerances
  100% function integration
  0% waste
  1% post-processing effort

In the search for innovative materials, we support watch and luxury goods manufacturers with unique material combinations and our application-specific production processes.

- Lian Giger, CEO at CrossTEQ AG & co-developer of x-NET

More about Audaceone and the SQUARE-Collection

Eine Luxusuhr aus Carbon neben einer Luxsuhr aus Titanium von vorne
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Audaceone was an independent French brand founded in 2017 by engineer Clement Jean-Louis. The brand crated high-end watches with an approach that combines traditional techniques with contemporary design. To this end, Jean-Louis was assisted by designer Vincent Fourdrinier, who has designed several haute horlogerie watches for major brands.

The design of the first Audaceone collection, SQUARE Black Titanium Carbon "Black and Blue", is characterized by dynamic lines underlined by cutting-edge materials from the automotive and aerospace industries. Like all Audaceone watches, the SQUARE collection was produced in a limited edition in Switzerland. 
The SQUARE Titanium Carbon is equipped with the "Lumière" dial, whose slopes catch the light in a fascinating way. The SQUARE Titanium DLC Carbon has a matte black dial with blue index. The hands are blued. The blue accents are rather unusual for dials and add a touch of elegance to the watch.