VSF PAM616 V2 UPGRADE VERSION TSWATCH RE-VIEW
while most of watch brands absorbing in applying steel or titanium metals as watch case, Panerai is trying various technologies continuously, new material always make fans of Panerai satisfied for inserting innovative material into Panerai brand. Once mention application of new materials of Panerai, its fans will tend to introduce to their surrounding friends: for instance, people who like steel case can think about 312, who like titanium case can consider 351, who like bronze case can choose 507, 328, who like ceramic case can select 441, 438, or anyone else like carbon fibre can choose 616......
When new material is on the market will concerned and admired by public. Since primary of 2015, the official website exposed the first leaked photo and then there was engraved version sold in April and May (the certified products can be bought only in 2017 really)
Promotion of various engraved versions, let’s have a look about history of engraving of 616 carbon fibre:
First period version: steel case PVD and the lowest-end as well
When Panerai exposed leaked photo of PAM 616, carbon fibre material is strange. Hence there appeared the version of using steel to polish grain and use PVD to electroplate. This is the low-end engraving, material object is rough.
The second period version: use carbon fibre material which grain is close
Use carbon fibre material which grain is close and real carbon fibre, www.ts-station.cn but grain of carbon grain is disorder and irregular.
Its quality is loose and tend to dehiscent with many sand hole.
The third period version: specialized in researching and developing carbon fibre
The carbon fibre specialized in researching and developing for PAM 616, it is very close whatever grain or material. But color of certified products’ grain is colorful
The most perfect version: most close to it in grain, rough and color
The newest upgrading version, which is the most closest one whatever in thinness of grain or color. You won’t feel regret to it1.
The newest upgrade version, it is the most closest one whatever in thinness of grain or color. We won’t regret to grain 1. Carbon fibre material
Recently, both official website of Panerai and VS factory promoted watch of PAM616 simultaneously, carbon graving case makes people feel magnanimous and striking. But I believe many friends will doubt that: what kind of material of carbon fibre case and carbon fibre? What they are? Something like luxury?? (laughing), carbon fibre is a real material. But carbon fibre only applied in military and commerce inclusively, hence we are strange to this kind of material, but with continuous breakthrough in technology and continuous decrease of cost, I believe it will apply carbon fire inclusively in following life, now there are part of million-level racing bicycles equipped with wheel frame by carbon fibre, bicycle’s body also made up by carbon fibre, racket of badminton also is made by carbon fibre frame,hence carbon fibre appearing in our daily life more and more frequently.
Repeat again and again for several days, today we stand together to understand carbon fibre material and share process of how PAM616 processed into a watchcase from a piece of carbon fibre material, and further to understand carbon fibre and PAM616.
PAM616 www.ts-stations.cn will be sold in official website simultaneously
Carbon fibre, the interpretation from Google online encyclopedia is:
Carbon fibre is a new fibre material which carbon content is over 95% with high strength and high modulus fibre. It is a kind of microcrystalline graphite material which stacked up by organic fibre of flake graphite crystallite along fibre axial direction and after carbonization and graphitizing treatment. Carbon fibre is “iron hand in a velvet glove”, its mass is lighter than metal aluminium, but its strength is higher than steel and iron, with properties of corrosion resistance, high modulus, it is an important material in national defense, military and civilian use. It not only has eigen property of carbon material, but has softness and processing of textile fibres, which is a new generation of strengthening fibre.
Carbon fibre has many excellent performances, carbon fibre’s axial strength and module is high, density is low, ratio performance is high, without creep, high-temperature resistance and good performance of tiredness resistance in non oxidation environment, its specific heat and electrical conductivity is between non-metal and metal, coefficient of heat expansion is low and anisotropy, favorable corrosion resistance and favorable performance of radiability. Favorable electrical conductivity and heat conduction performance, favorable performance of electromagnetic shielding and so on.
Comparing carbon fibre with traditional glass fibre, Young modulus is three times of it; comparing with Kevlar fiber, Young modules is about two times of it, it is insoluble and not bulging in organic solvent, acid and alkali, its performance of corrosion resistance is dominant.
In February 15, 2016, china broke Japanese controlled blockade and researched high-performance of carbon fibre.
How it made into PAM616 watch case from a piece of fibre material?
VS PAM616 what we can buy now is processed from this kind of black thing, which called carobon fibre blanks. VS factory needs to customize blanks of PAM616 grain from upstream carbon fibre supplier in large batch for processing.
Engineers will draw blue print in computer, and lead blueprint into CNC machine and consolidate carbon fibre in mould, then CNC machine processes complete banks into our needed member. If you are first time to watch processing process of CNC machine, you will be amazed about advancement of industrial equipment, you will understand industrial equipment can replace many labor forces, and standard of artificial processing is not good than machine’s.
There insert a small topic is some friends has mentioned that it will be better to use 3D print technique. But 3D print technique is at theoretical phase currently, its accuracy cannot reach material’s limitation. Currently, mainstream of domestic manufacturing is subject to CNC machine processing.
Due to machine’s window is sealed when it used for processing, hence in order to make everyone can see change of blanks clearly, it will stop and take out a sample when check it at interval of 15 minutes. I will take pictures to ley you have a look and relive your curiosity.
Current CNC machine don’t need artificial intervene from starting work to finish, it will change different cutter and angle automatically. Originally, I would to take a complete set of CNC machine to make you have a look, but factory don’t allow it. Five-axis CNC of Germany DMG is about 300, 000 RMB for one set. You can understand it on internet if you are interested in it.
This is blank processed for 15 minutes, you can see many tracks after processing obviously. When see this blank, you will imagine a song from Yang Zongwei---- onion: if you willing to peel my heart off layer by layer, you will find in amazing that......
This is blank processed for 30 minutes. CNC machine has processed compete outline of case. Lean side becomes more smooth and not too rough any more.
This is blank processed for 45 minutes. Coper location has processed out, ear hole of watchbelt has made up. CNC is marvellous, which can make up for a once completely.
These dense of stuffs put in ground is cutters which used in CNC machine. It needs to install nine different cutters in CNC if it needs to process case of PAM616.
The sharp cutter is not practical comparing with carbon fibre material. It needs to exchange cutter after processed ten cases (it will need to exchange when processed several decade cases). above image is renewal cutter with large consumption. Cutter carving by live, you can look above pictures, the invalidated cutters in different attrition rate.
These cases for installing cutters stacked like mountains.
This is blank processed for 60 minutes, CNC machine starts inner side structure of car body.
This is blank processed for 75 minutes (right). right one is PAM616 body of case after processing.
This us certified case body of VS PAM616 after processing. It needs 80 minutes to process this fitting of a CNC device costs for 300,000 RMB.
Cutter’s consumption is high, processing time of CNC is long, high rate of invalidation of processing process, hence, production cost fees of VS PAM616 is very high, even higher than the same industry. So why?
Actually, it can decrease much production cost if it sets CNC’s processing speed more quick and shorten processing time. They why not decrease it” once speed-up, the processed case will be very rough, unique grain of carbon fibre cannot display out, and case body has many collapse holes. You can aware those version of former sold PAM616, you will find that case body is rough and many light small collapse hole. Slow work will make up elegant product, slow work also added much invisible cost. But you can find real difference if you have compared.
VS PAM 616 coper CNC has processed, assembled and carved bit by bit.
What fitting it processing? Can you guess it?
Labor contractor of VS PAM616 is processed like that, do you guess it correctly?
This is blank of flared end
run them on the lathe a bit. beside the bezel (look mid of picture)
In customer rabbets of side.
Before writing this article, may be we are like about why Panerai uses carbon fibre to make up watch, the more we reminded is well-known merit of carbon fibre, like light weight of carbon fibre, favorable heat conductivity performance and corrosion resistance.
After shoot these component of PAM616 cases, with deep and light understanding to them, I have new finding and understanding. The unique grain beauty of carbon fibre cannot be made by other materials. Maybe that’s the main reason why it uses this kind of material to make watch, my personal opinion.
Let’s talk about light weight of carbon fibre material, actually speaking, that is light material.
A whole set of carbon fibre case is 9.4g. what it means? A normal plastic ball-pen is about 20g. its really too light
This is weight of the whole case of 65.4g. it contains sapphire mirror, bottom and steel inner cover. Almost weight of an egg
What is steel inner cover? We call above steel structure of case of carbon fibre is steel inner cover. Carbon fibre and carbon fibre component can be combined by steel inner cover, then it can realize effect of waterproof, structure is consistent with certified products, please don’t worry. Steel inner cover of VS is very elegant and strict.
Adhesive tape of VS PAM616 adopts natural rubber material, its weight will heavier than normal plastic tape. You can use this method to differentiate rubber tape and plastic tape from weight. Although this is an indigenous method, which is not accurate mat be, it can be regarded as reference and cannot for judging.
The whole weight of VS PAM616 is 136.6g, its weight is very close to certified products. As a watch with 47mm, I think this weight is exactly. You won’t feel heavy when you wear it, and you can feel its existence as well, everything is exactly.
During process of many friends wearing in daily life, or during process of watch est, it will find scratch in case, at this moment, everyone will feel heart-breaking.
In order to share a small skill with you, I rubbed VS PAM616 on meter for several times, you can see the above picture has scratch on coper. Actually, it is metal powder in carbon fibre material. You can rub it by some damp clothes, then you can swipe it out. Using thin sandpaper or brushed rubber to rub it can clean up. VS PAM441 is ceramic material and available in this method. (kindly reminder: watch is accurate machine, please love and protect your favorite watch. Don’t test it casually in daily life. It will need repair fees if you broke case or make hole collapsed)
Scratch will be disappeared rubbing by brushed rubber.
Fire resistance of carbon fibre is every good. I burned it for ten seconds due to I am very free, but it has no response, after burned for 15 seconds, gloves close to be burned up. But it won’t be fired still, without phenomenon of burning. Experiment has danger, it is suggested that don’t to have a try, satisfy your curiosity is enough.
Panerai was born with military watch manufacturing, hence case should stands corrosion of seawater. Added large spoons of salt must taste salt than seawater. Immersing blanks for two to three days.
After immersed in salt water, material has no change. It feels like eaglewood and it won’t become putrid in several hundred years if buried it in riverbed.
After repeat for several days again and again, I write processing process about carbon fibre material and VS PAM616 carbon fibre case, you will have further understanding to this kind of material. Or you will like me has new realization and understanding to Panerai after looking over it, even fell in love PAM616, watch culture is poisonous once touching it, especially poison of Panerai, you will love it for a lifetime.
Kindly reminder: VS: Pam616 simultaneous sell in official website
The Fast and the Furious 8, what Dwayne Johnson worn is Pam616 which is a choice of unyielding man! Wearing a Pam616 of VS to watch The Fast and the Furious 8 will have complete different feeling, its powerful feeling is intensive. It will send a pair of customization of a little calf-leather band from jumelle. Producted by VS, autonomous P9000 module with reliable quality, very commendable
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