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« Απάντηση #15 στις: Ιούλιος 26, 2015, 15:45:30 μμ »
Buy hairsprings from other providers than Nivarox: in spite of the quality of their production, the likeable Helvetian sub-contractors cannot supply quantities large enough for the big brands such as Tag Heuer (or Breitling).
TAG, as always the first in any domain, just announced that it will buy its supplies from Japan.
The only continent that produces hairsprings in large quantities is Asia.

For example, one could think of the Chinese Sea-Gull, whose production figures are bigger than those of ETA.
Or of SeikoSha, which is also a very good alternative choice, as its Grand Seiko watches announce better chronometric performances than Rolex.

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« Απάντηση #16 στις: Ιούλιος 26, 2015, 15:47:03 μμ »
The rumor states that LVMH's legal department more or less challenged their counterpart at Swatch Group.
LVMH  wanted to speed up the process of contract renewal for the deliveries of Nivarox escapement sets.
But the Swatch Group lawyers outsmarted those of LVMH: they cut the sets deliveries to Tag Heuer, without striking a blow. Considering the suddenness of the announcement, TAG did not have time to develop its own Invar sets. Therefore, there were only two options: Asia or Silicon.
To compensate for the withdrawal of Nivarox, TAG once again called upon Seiko (and this after the caliber 1887) to get out of this tricky situation.
To address the problem, TAG could have developed homemade silicon;
but they chose to rely on Seiko, on the one hand because it was obviously simple from a logistical standpoint, and on the other hand because the image of silicon may have been deemed dangerous.
Actually, the crucial question raised by TAG's choice is this: what does a "region of origin" mean?
Is it the use of traditional technologies, implying the utilization of a plain alloy and lots of handwork, but made in Asia?
Or does it mean a totally normalized production with cutting-edge industrial processes, but made in Juras?

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« Απάντηση #17 στις: Ιούλιος 26, 2015, 15:49:12 μμ »
It is obvious that Rolex made the reduction of costs a priority. But not only that!
Rolex engineers spend their time burying innovations.
These break-through, which would have benefited certain independent brands for years, are buried by Rolex without second thought.

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« Απάντηση #18 στις: Ιούλιος 26, 2015, 15:50:33 μμ »
The butterfly effect is when a minor decision leads to major consequences.
The ironical side of the story is that, after a few generations, the savior of the traditional mechanical watchmaking could become its gravedigger.
The decision to stop the deliveries of Nivarox sets could be an incentive to switch to silicon.
But the latter is double-edged! It could be the greatest revolution in watchmaking since Huygens (well, at least since the Invar), but it also could be the high-tech product that will totally depreciate the Swiss watchmaking tradition...

We are lucky to witness the greatest revolution in watchmaking since the end of the 60's, and the advent of quartz;
like all the revolutions, it could be a top, or a flop. Will silicon join the heaven of the ground-breaking technologies which died too soon? Or will it open the road to new chronometric heights?
Will it crash against the breakers of the reliability's craggy coasts? Will it rescue the Swiss Made from the Dragons' jaws or definitively spoil the already eared Helvetian watchmaking's brand image?


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« Απάντηση #19 στις: Ιούλιος 26, 2015, 16:05:01 μμ »
Seiko and Citizen are one of the largest makers of mehcanical components, including hairsprings. And i think Sea-Gull is also making their entire mechanisms themselves. So, there is still selection and all 3 have loads of experience since they are also one of the biggest watchmakers in the world without being in any kind of group (like Swatch which covers many "smaller" Swiss watchmakers).

As for the concern over "Swiss Made" if the watch is using Seiko's balance spring, does it matter? Cars are no less German even if they are using Slovenian components and i know we do produce many of them. So, one spring shouldn't affect the product origin as a whole because of that alone.

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« Απάντηση #20 στις: Ιούνιος 02, 2018, 12:24:50 μμ »
Υπάρχει μια ορισμένη ειρωνεία στο γεγονός ότι o μονοπωλιακός τομέας παραγωγής hairsprings στην Ελβετία έχει σήμερα την ίδια προέλευση με έναν από τους λίγους ανταγωνιστές της.Μίλαμε για το Nivarox στην Nivarox-FAR (ο εν λόγω μονοπωλιακός όμιλος, που ανήκει στον όμιλο Swatch) αναφέρεται σε ιδιόκτητο κράμα καθώς και στην ίδια την εταιρεία. Το κράμα αυτό κατοχυρώθηκε με δίπλωμα ευρεσιτεχνίας από τον Reinhard Straumann, ο οποίος ίδρυσε την εταιρεία το 1934. Δημιούργησε το δικό του ερευνητικό ίδρυμα το 1954, το οποίο συνέχισε να ασχολείται με κράματα για χρήση στη βιομηχανία ρολογιών μέχρι το 1970, πριν η εταιρεία διαφοροποιηθεί σε οδοντικά εμφυτεύματα ο τομέας Straumann AG είναι πλέον παγκόσμιος ηγέτης.Απο αυτούς αγόρασε και η Lange ,βέβαια το 90+% της αγοράς ανήκει στην Nivarox

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