“Apple is famous for its obsessive care for design and manufacturing, and its new, much-hyped watches are no exception,” Debbie Chachra writes for Nautilus. “But, ironically, the watch can only be created by introducing errors into exquisitely crafted materials.”
“The Apple Watch employs a similar strategy of incorporating errors to make a different material, one that’s less familiar in the world of gadgets. In this case, to make the metal cases of the watch harder and more durable,” Chachra writes. “This is especially true for the watch cases that are made of gold, famously soft in its pure form. Besides shine, one of the things that makes the metal instantly recognizable is its ductility, that is, its ability to be deformed without breaking. In order to understand how Apple makes its gold watches, we need to understand something about how metal bends.”
“The gleaming perfection of an Apple Watch comes from materials that incorporate precisely controlled flaws,” Chachra writes. “By combining several different kinds of errors, Apple endeavors to create a device that approaches perfection.”
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MacDailyNews Note: Lots of unseen work goes into Apple Watch and, especially, into Apple Watch Edition:
Why there will be lines for the $17,000 gold Apple Watch Edition – March 28, 2015
Apple Watch Edition’s 18-karat gold is twice as hard as standard gold – March 11, 2015
Apple’s patent-pending 18k gold: Harder, more scratch-resistant, and ‘less gold’ – March 7, 2015