Many will wonder why some watches are worth $70K+ when they do nothing more than a watch that costs $100. There are many reasons for this offset in price. They include materials used, craftsmanship, quality, prestige of the brand. No matter what people say or what people admit, when you are buying a watch that costs more than $1,500, you are paying for the brand name. Most luxury watches have an 80% markup, meaning that the cost to manufacture the watch is about 20% of the final retail price. That being said it is one of the only multi-billion dollar a year industries in the world. Quality and craftsmanship go hand-in-hand. The real luxury watches such as Corum or AP or Patek are all handmade, the in-house movements are assembled by hand (designed and produced exclusively by these companies). The materials used is major factor in determining price point. Luxury watches have a higher grade of stainless steel (Rolex uses 904L). I will go more into steel here. Omega and every other luxury watch company that uses steel uses 316L. The only thing different when comparing 316 steel to 904 is the amount of nickel used. Some people have skin which is irritated by nickel, so it seems like a disadvantage to use this. However it is slightly, very slightly more corrosive resistant in salt or fresh water and there is no noticeable difference. However, if you are going through sulphuric acid or sodium hydroxide you will be better off with 904L. So basically, it is useless. The other thing with materials is clearly gold or steel. Gold is going to cost more, so that will raise the price. Thanks for reading!
This watch will be an extension of the H1 collection which was originally a limited edition of only 8 pieces. This new watch will probably have a similar figure. The movement is identical to that of the first H1 (see picture). The movement is a hydro-mechanical hybrid that uses oil and water to show the hours and a smaller hand to show minutes and a small dial that looks like a fan to show seconds. The movement is enclosed in a 48mm case made of titanium with bronze shot-peened. This process uses small balls that bounce off at a high speed of the metal, creating a dimple. With all the dimples overlapping it creates compression and extends the life of the material. This site explains it better than I do: http://www.met
alimprovement.com/shot_peening.php. The watch stays on the wrist thanks to a rubber strap with a titanium pin buckle. A picture can be found here: http://en.worldtem
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