Swiss watch brand Formex presents its latest watch collection Element, which offers a line of affordable high-end watches made in Switzerland using high-tech materials and cutting-edge technologies. From micro-components to the case body, Formex designers and engineers chose the best materials for every building block of the watch.
The watch is fitted with a scratch-proof high-tech ceramic bezel. The deep black ceramic bezel is made of zirconium oxide, a high-tech ceramic that is approximately seven times harder, but two thirds lighter than steel. To produce it, a special powder is pressed at 1550 bar and heated up to 1,550°C. Its superior hardness and solidity make it virtually impervious to scratches. Four CNC milling and grinding operations are executed to reach the final shape. The vertical satin finish on top and the mirror polish on the side of the bezel are achieved by using diamond-studded high precision finishing tools.
With the 46mm case made of the toughest 316L stainless steel and composed of 38 individual components, the complex watch case resists water depths of up to 100m. Hand-finished with flawless precision and craftsmanship, the watch comes alive with facets of brushed, mirror-polished and sandblasted surfaces, elevating the powerful shapes and elegant lines of the case. With its patented case suspension system, protecting the watch’s movement from heavy impacts and adding to the comfort on the wrist by adapting to the wearer’s movements, this system has been an integral part of Formex timepieces since the very beginning of the brand.
The anti-reflective sapphire crystal on the laser-engraved case back offers a view of the legendary Valjoux 7750 self-winding chronograph movement with a 42-hour power reserve. On the dial, the chronograph counters with hints of red and the 60 second scale on the flange emphasize the brand’s origins as a motorsport watch manufacturer. The base satin finish matches the bezel’s top and powerful SuperLuminova on the hands and the machined indexes ensure perfect readability, even in the darkest environment.
The ELEMENT can be worn on either a black or brown leather crocodile-embossed strap with stitching of the same color or a black oiled leather strap with white stitching, both made of Italian calf-leather. Another distinguishing feature is the ultra-strong and light-weight folding clasp, made of carbon fiber composite and a stainless-steel cover. This durable clasp has an easy to use, patented fine-adjustment, allowing that perfect fit on the wrist in all conditions.
These watches are now available for purchase directly from Formex online store. The ELEMENT collection consists of the ELEMENT Full Steel (£995) and the ELEMENT Ceramic Bezel (£1190), both available with black or white dial. The ELEMENT collection is available on pre-order. First orders will ship November 1st, 2017.