Scientific Visual presented a study of ecological impact of the watch sapphire at the International Congress of Chronometry, 29 September 2022. It was attended by 850+ viewers physically and online.
The study entitled “Ecological impact of a sapphire cover on a typical Swiss mechanical watch” was presented by Scientific Visual COO, Mr Frédéric Falise.
Sapphire is an essential component of modern watches because of its exceptional hardness. However this characteristic also makes its processing significantly energy-intensive. On top of it, only about one third of the produced crystal volume is transformed into final parts. This study reveals that the sapphire cover accounts for up to 88% of the total energy and CO2 of watch manufacturing. It also discuss solutions for the watch industry to reduce its ecological footprint.
International Congress of Chronometry is a triennial event, that takes place over two days to take stock of the technical and scientific evolution of watchmaking. It brings together professionals from all over the world.
It is organised by the Swiss Chronometry Society (SSC), an association of watchmaking professionals with more than 1’400 members. The SSC brings together watchmakers, technicians, engineers and professionals as well as companies in the sector.
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