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5. Prototyping in progress
Sharing the first images of the real components and describing the process
We want you to be up to the date with the development process.

One of the most tricky parts of Paddock Chronograph is the Dial. It is combined with 6 different layers, including a 0.4mm carbon fiber layer, and a Pit Board on top, which is a separate metal part enframing the date disk window and fixed on the chapter ring with a screw.

The multi-layer dial is a complicated part and it needs extra precision to make all the layers be perfectly aligned with each other.
Glad to admit it came out perfect from the very first try, but we are still improving some details in order to make it even better.

The pit board is a separate element of the dial. It is a metal plate with the stamped cushion and grooves. It is being painted into Acid-yellow color first and then the words (Ex: Laps to Go) are being printed in each separate cell. When the pit board is ready it is being placed on the special cushion and fixed with a screw. The date disk is being reprinted so the numerals are also acid-yellow and can match the dial.
One of the layers is the one with applied numerals ("applied" means they are a 3D object which is placed on top of the base, and not just printed. Printed indexes are usually called "up indexes") are filled with Super-LumiNova BGW9 lume with pure white color for the great night performance. We are also experimenting with other colors of the lume and might be adding more options later on.

BGW9 lume is one of the brightest and long-lasting and is located in the TOP-3 list based on performance, compared to other types.
We are also very picky about color matching, so it takes several steps to get the final "proper" color tone, which can be matched with the Pantone color code mentioned in the technical description. Here is a fine example of the "Start" pusher which operates the chronograph feature. Not only the characters themselves look sharp but the filling color is also matching the Pantone card for this Acid-yellow racing color we wanted to have in Paddock Chronograph. Each of the printed or filled with paint components is passing through the inspection in order to match the initial design.

Another example is the chapter ring, which is divided into 3 sectors by different colors (resembling the actual racing graphics used to identify the sectors of the circuit) and is produced in 5 steps: first, the base of the chapter ring is getting polished and prepared to be painted, then it is being covered with black paint which is the major color, then 3 sector identifying colors are applied one by one using a separate stencil for each part.
Stay tuned...

by Evgenii
29.01.2018



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