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"Advanced search" Patek Philippe - this phrase does not seem to really fit into the overall look of the leading watch manufactory in the world, the standard classic Swiss haute horlogerie. Although in reality the "advanced search" is now called the direction of basic research, which the company has been on for fifteen years. Patek Philippe is always in search of new materials and technologies, and anyone else interested in the fact that the mechanical clock retained in the new millennium progressive high status.
Patek Philippe - this hour history and classic works of art of watchmaking. Manufactory was at the forefront of the latest developments all its 160-year history. Since 1893 the company has registered more than seventy different patents, including such epochal developments as the first wind-up without a button and rocker Gyromax.
From the date of watchmaking itself after more than 500 years, and as a consequence, ideas for improvement and new delights in the field of mechanical watchmaking is becoming every year less and less. Therefore, the company Patek Philippe since the mid 90's became involved in the development of new high-tech materials.
State department of design and development company has more than fifty people. The close-knit team diligently seeking ways to address the most pressing issues that concern all of watchmakers: how to make watches even more accurate as the better use of energy and how to avoid clock repair.
In the section titled Nouvelles Technoligies (latest technology) workers are mostly focused on the technological problems associated with the properties of the materials used in the watch industry. Specialists of the department collaborate with several reputable Swiss universities and research institutes, such as the University of Technology in Lausanne and the Institute of Microtechnology, University of Neuchatel. The first visible result is very significant was introduced by Patek Philippe at the exhibition Baselworld-2005. This is the escape wheel with serial number 5020, made of silicon and embedded in the serial module of the annual calendar.
What exactly is so good new material, became famous for the wide use of the computer industry? Even the legendary Abraham-Louis Breguet complained about the lack of stability of the clock because of the existing tensions, "Give me the perfect lubricant, and I will make the perfect clockwork," - he liked to say. It took two centuries of development, and the company Patek Philippe went a completely new way - not suggested to use a lubricant in principle. That is why the silicon escape wheel works without lubrication. There are a number of other characteristics that silicon becomes so attractive for use in watchmaking. That's a huge margin of safety, yet incredible plasticity, corrosion resistance, light weight, lack of magnetization and exceptionally smooth surface.
Plus, the production of the trigger wheel using silicon requires an order of magnitude less costly than the production of the same element of metal. A special machine cut parts with a perfectly flat surface to a thickness of one-thousandth of a millimeter in one step, while for the standard metal trigger wheel needs to be done more than thirty operations.
The silicon escape wheel was presented in the annual calendar (ref. 5020), with an anticipation of "Advanced Search", and released a limited number of 250 copies.
This year, in addition to manufacture this design introduces other new items. Nautilus model is celebrating its thirtieth anniversary. Of course, before the holiday "birthday boy" dressed up - watch a new look, as well as some interesting complications, such as the power reserve indicator and the phases of the moon. For women sporty and avid fashionistas, this model is also available with different dial colors and straps - from white and pink to green.