At the point when organizer Konrad Damasko initially started making watches in the early ‘90s, he didn’t embark to deliver an in-house movement. His underlying center was to over-engineer all the things around the movement, roused, partially, by the slow rot of a watch some time in the past talented to him for his affirmation. Konrad needed watches bearing his name to withstand the trial of time, and that want brought forth solidified cases and crowns, a protected grease framework, hostile to attractive protecting, and other case advancements that Damasko has come to be known for now.
“It was tied in with recognizing the feeble focuses in the watch, and sorting out how they can be improved,” clarifies Christopher Damasko, Konrad’s child and Damasko’s Technical Director.
It wasn’t until 2008 that the group directed their concentration toward the movement. At first, Damasko put their energy in delivering a modest bunch of explicit components — among them the swaying and winding frameworks — to streamline execution of previous types. However, at that point came Swatch Group’s movement crunch, which set the business scrambling. Damasko was not resistant, and Konrad was confronted with a troublesome decision.
“We asked ourselves, ‘What would it be a good idea for us to do? Should we just let the entire task die?’” Konrad recalls.
Damasko didn’t hesitate. While the huge players over in Switzerland spent their energies administering Swatch Group’s choice, the Damasko group set out to make an in-house movement.
Of course, if Damasko planned to make their own movement, it couldn’t simply be a regular type, nor were they inspired by basically figuring out a standard workhorse. Like Damasko’s cases, a Damasko movement needed to address mechanical feeble points.
“We needed to make [our watches] more precise over a more drawn out of timeframe, to cut down the assistance spans. That was the goal,” clarifies Christopher.
“I came from the assembling sector,” Konrad clarifies. “We couldn’t simply make what every other person was making. Our movements expected to enhance what was at that point out there.”
Damasko was probably the soonest adopter of the silicon hairspring, and they were the first to work with polycrystalline silicon, which traversed three years of improvement. Their licensed EPS-Spring is interesting in its shape, in the way it’s created, and the way it’s covered for thermo-dependability. Furthermore, due to its polycrystalline design, the hairspring is profoundly versatile, which makes it considerably less sensitive to collect and control than monocrystalline springs, which are undeniably more normal in the business today.
Damasko’s EPS-Spring. Damasko’s EPS-Spring.
The escape wheel is additionally delivered in silicon, transforming an expected feeble point into something that can take some drawn out wear. Inside and out, Damasko’s EPS-Spring and silicon escape wheel bring about a more solid and strong timekeeper.
Damasko movements likewise utilize a free-sprung, variable dormancy balance, which is practically select to better quality horology and found in brands like Patek Philippe, Audemars Piguet, and Rolex. Not at all like balances that include controllers, which can be taken crooked and can make a watch run too quick or moderate, free sprung balances are changed by means of loads on the balance wheel. While this is an all the more actually testing method of changing a movement and requires an accomplished watchmaker, it additionally brings about more fundamentally stable design for long haul wear.
Pulling from their involvement with the production of parts for the avionic business, Damasko executed miniature metal balls into their movements, using them in the rotor (in the programmed types) and winding frameworks. This offers a critical improvement in generally execution, and keeping in mind that the utilization of miniature metal balls isn’t altogether extraordinary to Damasko, the particular track calculation made for the heading is, and that track math brings about a more proficient and dependable winding framework where frictional misfortunes are decreased to a minimum.
Furthermore, Damasko’s tightened winding framework, another usage exceptional to the brand, permits their programmed watches to twist in the two ways, with a smart plan that guarantees that even the smallest of movements from the rotor winds the mainspring. To make this conceivable, Damasko built up a 140-fine-tooth ratchet wheel that has been galvanically solidified for better obstruction against long haul wear, addressing Damasko’s objective of making movements with longer assistance intervals.
“Damasko has around 30 licenses at the movement level,” Christopher explains.
Damasko H35 and A35 in-house types. H35 A35
Damasko has three in-house types: the H35 (hand-wind), A35 (programmed), and A35-2 (programmed with a GMT complication). Moreover, there are two forms of the A35: one with a focal seconds and another with a sub-seconds, with both including a day/date complication directly off 3:00. All are evaluated to have a 52-hour power save. Stylishly, they’re excellent types with an undeniable degree of finish, enormous German 3/4 plates, blued screws, striping, and perlage.
These are Damasko’s cross breed models dependent on the Valjoux 7750, yet include critical alterations done in-house. Practically, these are improved 7750 chronographs fitted with Damasko’s EPS spring, rotor, a supported mainspring barrel, and an expanded force save of 52 hours. About 30% of the movement here has been modified.
Ultimately, with these adjustments Damasko’s Si models are altogether stronger against outside powers than most comparable chronographs available. To such an extent, indeed, that the DC 56 and 57 Si models have passed broad Airbus perseverance testing and have acquired status as the authority watches of German Eurofighter pilots.
Bringing Back the Central-Minutes Chronograph
Once upon a period, the Lemania 5100 was the lord of focal minutes chronographs, darling by gatherers of tough instrument looks for its utilitarian usefulness and plan. On the off chance that you’re going to plan a chronograph, it totally bodes well to have the minutes counter halfway mounted as opposed to consigned to a little sub-dial.
And at that point, similar to every single beneficial thing, it went the method of the dodo when Swatch Group, in every practical sense, killed the movement. Damasko needed to cure that.
In 2017, Damasko presented the DC80, their first-focal minutes chronograph including the DU51 type. In view of the Valjoux 7750, the DU51 is an in-house-altered type, and the initial step Damasko has taken towards building their first in-house chronograph.
The update was critical. The 7750 doesn’t have the force important to utilize a focal minutes work, so the whole chronograph component must be rejiggered. Inside and out, Damasko gauges that half of the movement was changed to get it to its current form.
“The DU51 has sufficient force that we can consolidate more highlights and complications into future variants of the movement. That’s the plan,” clarifies Christopher.
One zone where the Damasko group needed to refine the 5100 was the manner in which the focal minutes hand progressed. Instead of a sluggish slither, the hand on the DU51 bounces, which makes it clear to the wearer nonchalantly looking at the watch how long has elapsed.
“It’s exact, and BAM,” Christopher movements with a swipe of his hand, “we’re one moment over!”
Damasko has a ton of plans for their line of movements in the years to come. With the prevalence of the current DS range, which include more modest, more slender cases, Damasko will be seeing size going forward.
“We are chipping away at new calibers” clarifies Konrad. “These are types that are cutting edge with a considerably higher force save, and types that are compliment and simpler.”
This will permit Damasko greater adaptability with their plans, with more noteworthy spotlight on smooth device watches, and significantly dressier and women’s pieces.
“We have a ton of items in the pipeline that we think our clients are going to love,” Christopher says with a smile.
Part 1 of our look inside Damasko
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