Damascene steel is seldom used in the watch industry because fabricating this material is a very complex and laborious undertaking. To create damascene steel, several different types of steel are placed one on top of the other and then forge welded. After the forging, the piece of steel is halved and the two parts are again placed one atop the other. This so-called “folding” yields damascene steel, which unites the properties of the various steels used in its fabrication. Another special feature is the attractive grained pattern that appears after surface etching. Geoffrey Roth uses damascene steel in the XX model.
The term “tungsten” is a combination of the Swedish words tung (heavy) and sten (stone). This rare metal is found naturally on Earth, its extreme density makes it almost impossible to melt. Timepieces with tungsten cases or components are rather exotic. The robustness and resilience makes this metal an exceptional watchmaking material. Geoffrey Roth Watch Engineering equips certain models with Tungsten.
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