When founder Konrad Damasko first began making watches in the early ‘90s, he didn’t set out to produce an in-house motion. His initial focus was to over-engineer all the things round the movement, inspired, partially, by the gradual decay of a watch long ago gifted to him for his confirmation. Konrad needed watches bearing his identify to face up to the check of time, and that want gave start to hardened instances and crowns, a patented lubrication system, anti-magnetic shielding, and different case applied sciences that Damasko has come to be recognized for as we speak.
“It was about identifying the weak points in the watch, and figuring out how they can be improved,” explains Christopher Damasko, Konrad’s son and Damasko’s Technical Director.
It wasn’t until 2008 that the staff turned their attention to the movement. Initially, Damasko put their power in producing a handful of specific elements — amongst them the oscillating and winding techniques — to optimize efficiency of pre-existing calibers. However then got here Swatch Group’s motion crunch, which set the business scrambling. Damasko was not immune, and Konrad was faced with a troublesome selection.
“We asked ourselves, ‘What should we do? Should we just let the whole project die?’” Konrad recollects.
Damasko didn’t dawdle. While the huge gamers over in Switzerland spent their energies legislating Swatch Group’s choice, the Damasko staff set out to make an in-house motion.
In fact, if Damasko was going to make their very own motion, it couldn’t just be a run-of-the-mill caliber, nor have been they involved in simply reverse engineering an ordinary workhorse. Like Damasko’s instances, a Damasko motion had to tackle mechanical weak factors.
“We wanted to make [our watches] more accurate over a longer of period of time, to bring down the service intervals. That was the goal,” explains Christopher.
“I came from the manufacturing sector,” Konrad explains. “We couldn’t just make what everyone else was making. Our movements needed to improve on what was already out there.”