The use of ceramic for manufacturing household objects dates back to 24,000 BC. Archeologists have excavated animal and human figurines made of ceramic from around this time. Later, around 10,000 BC ceramics were employed in pottery making for both ceremonial and practical uses. The Egyptian discovery of the glaze approximately two thousand years later further popularized its utilization and aesthetic appeal. In fact, the word “ceramic” is derived from the Greek word “κεραμικός” meaning “of or for pottery.” Ceramic endures as a popular manufacturing material today, and its uses range from automobile parts to orthopedic implants. Renowned for its ability to withstand high temperatures, high resistance to chemical erosion, physical hardness, and widespread availability, ceramic functions as an indispensable material across several industries.
The use of ceramic in watch-making debuted in 2000, first employed by Chanel in the J12 watch series. The benefits of a ceramic watch include high resistance to scratches, exceeding even stainless steel in this regard, a high luster, and a lightweight feel. Modern hybrid ceramics are also considerably more durable traditional ceramics, making them a decently comparable alternative to metal and plastic counterparts. Ceramic is generally perceived as a high-end watch-making material, and Chanel continues to be a forerunner in using ceramics for their luxury models, such as in the gold and diamond J12 shown above. However, as the demand for ceramic watches has increased, popular less expensive brands, such as Fossil and Michael Kors, have developed lines of ceramic watches as well. Check out our Jomashop “Ceramic Look Book” on Facebook here.