Heat blued steel hands


After a long preparation and many tests we can now in offer high quality - in-house made - heat blued steel hands.


Due to the manufacture of the hands through laser cutting there is no need for expensive stamping tooling, so that the steel hands can be produced also in smaller quantities of 50 to 100 sets. Our special production process makes it possible to produce the hands with a nice, homogenous blue.


In 2012 we had made a first series for the limited edition of the Pilot OR2 (photos below). The parts then were outsourced for laser cutting. The further processing (surface and bluing) we have made by ourselves, before sending the hands to Switzerland for filling with Superluminova.


This was a costly manufacture, which we can make much better now. Meanwhile we do the laser cutting in-house on our Trumpf laser, so that we are quite flexible. A first model, which has the new heat blued steel hands is the ARCHIMEDE DeckWatch (photos below).


Actually last year we wanted to launch a special limited edition of the ARCHIMEDE Pilot Chronograph (Trikompax, special dial, special rotor, limited to 50 pieces only) to Ickler's 90 year anniversary (1924 - 2014). Unfortunately we needed distinctly more time for the hands than we had planned. But this year we will finish the Ickler 90 Year Limited Edition. Below we show a photo of the dial and the raw hands.



The ARCHIMEDE Pilot OR2 - Limited Edition of the year 2012


  The first heat blued steel hands made by Ickler

A first test of laser cutting on our Trumpf Laser.


  The DeckWatch steel hands - raw and after bluing

The heat blued minute hands and the appropriate inlay


  The inlay is set into the hand.

The finished, blued steel hands are set onto the movement.


  The ARCHIMEDE DeckWatch with new hands
The Limited Edition '90 Year Ickler' - A very special version of 50 pieces of the ARCHIMEDE Pilot Chronograph.
The Trikompax dial with heat blued ARCHIMEDE steel logo at 12 is ready. The case parts are turned and milled right now on our machines. The production of the heat blued steel hands (on the photo raw test-hands can be seen) and the special rotor will start in the next weeks.
  We manufacture heat blued steel hands according the customers design.