Konrad entitled me to spread some good news and here we go:
Damasko is currently applying for a new patent. Damasko has developed a new production technique to produce hairsprings.
After three years of development the “Epi-Poly -Silicon” (EPS®) is ready for serial production.
It is a poly crystalline silicone which is for the first time produced as a layer out of vapour deposition (Please do not ask me for technical details, I already had difficulties to translate all that stuff).
Due to the vapour deposition it is possible to create crystals in nanometer size which makes that material a perfect substance for mechanical applications.
The in-house movement A 35 which is developed by Damasko will not only be fitted with an EPS® hairspring. The escapement wheel, lever and double roller will be made out of the new material.
It will still need some month to present the A 35 to the public. The A 35 will also feature a complete new and patented winding mechanism. Heart of that new mechanism is a 4-spot-hybride-bearing. This and the rotor bearing will be lubricant free due to the chosen material mix of steel barrel band and bearing balls made out of a ceramic material.
Almost 3 Million Euro have been invested to achieve the stage Damasko has achieved as of today. Most of the money went into the machinery.
From now on pallets, wheels, pinions, barrels, rotors, bearings, balances, escapements will be produced in-house.
Furthermore surface treatments like decorative engravings, spotting(s) and galvanic processes will be executed in-house.
This is kind of a quantum jump for Damasko, who already produced cases, crowns, pushers and tubes 100% in-house. Their vertical range of manufacture increased dramatically by the efforts taken over the last three years.
Today I phoned Konrad, who was on his way to Munich. I talked to a very happy camper.