September 23, 2021
Whether you're a connoisseur of fine watches or just entering the world of luxury time-telling pieces, it's important
to understand the meaning behind the tag on your showpiece. The components, craftsmanship and techniques — the
exclusivity — truly determine the value of heirloom watches.
The luxury watch sector works in a state of continual innovation, merging historic craftsmanship with new design
techniques and materials. In fact, there are a slew of designs from brands such as A. Lange & Söhne, Omega and Roger
Dubuis that explore less common materials that stand the test of time.
Elite watch manufacturers are utilizing unique precious metals that are more durable, lighter and less prone to
corrosion. In fact, some leading luxury brands deploy differentiated formulas that produce something new and exclusive
only to them, making the often limited-edition factor of these collector pieces all the more thrilling to obtain.
Equally beautiful as they are long-lasting, watches made with these precious metals are distinguished and offer watch
advocates flair and individuality. These metals can be used to enhance craftsmanship, as well as offer unique and
subtle touches that add immense value.
We're certainly familiar with gold, but honeygold insinuates a sweeter, perhaps warmer material. While honeygold does
omit a warm hue, the color isn't the only thing that makes this alloy a special material. Honeygold is much tougher
than other gold alloys, such as 18-karat gold, which is less scratch-resistant. The harder structure makes it complex
to form and finish, resulting in a valuable and coveted outcome.
This material may sound like an exciting opportunity for high-end watchmaking, but A. Lange & Söhne has claimed the
rights to this special gold. These craftsmen showcase classic, timeless pieces that don't adhere to passing trends, so
the introduction of these limited-edition watches has been the perfect honeygold formula for their sophisticated
collectors. The exact make-up of this alloy remains a mystery that only A. Lange & Söhne can share, which is likely
considering the watchmakers have only issued eight limited-edition watches in the distinctive honeygold.
## Damascus titanium
This element is an innovative marriage between an ancient metalworking technique and titanium. The process involves
melting and folding metal repeatedly, which creates a swirl-like pattern that captivates the eye. As unique as the
appearance of this alloy is, the real appeal lies in its sturdiness and resistance. This metalworking technique was
traditionally used to manufacture steel and iron weapons such as swords and blades due to its light weight and
endurance. That certainly tells us it creates some dependable watches. Swiss-based watchmaker Roger Dubuis, as well as
the folks behind the newer brand Genus, decided to use this technique with titanium to fashion striking watches. The
entrancing design only adds to the beauty of the collection, in which Genus uses an open flame to create vibrant blue
color tones that dazzle.
## Moonshine Gold
This rare element exudes a more subdued yellow than standard gold, which can be attributed to the addition of
palladium. This element makes the design rebellious to fading over time as it keeps the warm, lighter shade forever
intact. Moonshine Gold is an 18k gold composite that practically glows on the wrist. Omega is the proud proprietor of
Moonshine Gold, which was first unveiled in 2019. It has been featured in various models, including a piece from their
women's line with a partially diamond-set bezel. Omega has used this exclusive gold alloy to form different watch
accessories such as cases and bracelets.
## Preserving Innovation in Artistry
Such groundbreaking time pieces deserve to be protected and preserved. As these unique materials help innovate the
watchmaking and luxury sector at large, equally advanced certification methods can enable their impact to be measured
across generations. Luxury certification technology that distills the natural characteristics of innovative timepieces
into irrefutable digital counterparts is not only valuable; it is imperative. The human ingenuity embedded in modern
luxury watches requires solutions that modernize certification for the current world of ownership.
Having an NFT, or “digital twin,” to match a luxury watch will serve as the future of ownership across market sectors.
At ORIGYN Luxury, this is how we create an unprecedented level of trust and new opportunities for customers, brands