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OMEGA’s Liquidmetal® technology

A distinguishing feature of timepieces in the Seamaster family, Liquidmetal® is a zirconium-based alloy that makes it possible to seamlessly blend ceramic and metal.

OMEGA’s product development team collaborated with Swatch Group researchers to create a striking ceramic bezel whose numbers and scaling, made of the Liquidmetal® alloy, appear in stunning silvery contrast to the ceramic background. The result is an aesthetic wonder only made possible by several advanced and innovative processes.

Liquidmetal®: seamless bonding, remarkable hardness

The Liquidmetal® alloy is an amorphous metal – a metallic material with a disordered, non-crystalline atomic structure. Its fusion temperature is half that of conventional titanium alloys but when it is cooled, its hardness is three times as great as that of stainless steel. Its amorphous structure allows it to bond seamlessly with the ceramic bezel.

A bulk metallic glass like Liquidmetal® can, by virtue of its low critical cooling rate, be formed into a structure with a thickness of more than a tenth of a millimetre. Zirconium is an important constituent part both of the Liquidmetal® alloy and of the ceramic material which is made of zirconium dioxide (Zr02).   

The final, perfectly smooth bezel is particularly resistant to scratching and corrosion because of the hardness of the two components.

Redefining longevity in the watch industry

The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Liquidmetal® Limited Edition was the first timepiece to feature this stunning design element. Since its introduction in 2009, OMEGA has made use of this technology in several other timepieces in the Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M and Seamaster 300 collections.

The OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Platinum marked the world premiere of diamond-set ceramic and sapphire, where the exclusive Pt850 Liquidmetal® alloy was used to fill the cavities in the ceramic bezel and then set with diamonds. The same alloy was used on the diving scale of the OMEGA Seamaster Planet Ocean Orange Ceramic, the world’s first timepiece to make use of orange ceramic.



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