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Flame-Fusion crystal explained, by Invicta spoke person, not my words, for your FYI

December 23, 2010 04:53PM
.You can Google or Wiki the process name "Flame Fusion" as it applies to the creation of synthetic gemstones. This is a similar process that Invicta is using to create their new crystals. Since it is a defined process, and a common practice in the creation of some gemstones, there is no further documentation that is needed. All of the info is easily gathered.


Invicta has recently trademarked the process name Flame-Fusion as it applies to the creation of their new synthetic crystals.

What is it?

Flame-Fusion explained at the most basic level, is a synthetic crystal that combines mineral and sapphire. But above a standard Sapphire coated mineral, it cannot de-laminate, and it is far more impact resistant.


Here is the breakdown of crystals, and their weak/strong points:

Acrylic Crystals are wonderfully impact resistant, but extremely easy to scratch. Luckily an acrylic crystal can be buffed and polished to remove many scratches, however there are a limited number of times that an acrylic crystal can be polished.


Mineral Crystals (fancy name for "glass") are very impact resistant, but can be scratched. The material ranks about a 5-6 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness.

Sapphire crystals have come to be known generally as the best crystals for producing watches. That is due to their extraordinary scratch resistance. Ranking a 9 on the Moh's Scale of Hardness, the material (base of corundum) is one of the toughest there is. The only NATURAL substance ranking higher is a diamond. Problem is that they are brittle. Depending on the center thickness, Sapphire can easily be shattered.

Sapphire coated mineral crystals seem to be a nice balance of both impact resistance (mineral) and scratch resistance (Sapphire coatings)... so why is it not "the best"? Because the process used to adhere the materials can over time come apart on lower grade offerings, a process called "de-lamination" where the top layer of coatings can strip and peel off of the material they are bonded to. Typically, we see better companies like Invicta using higher grade coatings, and there are absolutely NO REPORTS of any de-lamination on any Invicta watch.

Flame-Fusion differs from the standard Sapphire coated mineral because the process does not involve layering or coating anything. The mineral (glass) and Sapphire are FUSED as one single material during the process which involves high heat and high pressure along with a combination of Aluminum Oxide into the composition that not only fuses the 2 materials together as one, but also further tempers the mineral (glass) making it even more impact resistant than it was previous to the procedure.

So now you have a material that is more impact resistant than mineral, and has equal scratch resistant to Sapphire. You now have a material that excels above what both mineral and Sapphire do on their own.

More impact resistant than mineral, also far more scratch resistant. This makes it a superior choice to Mineral.

Far more impact resistant than Sapphire, and equal scratch resistant. This makes it a superior choice to Sapphire.

Cannot de-laminate like lower quality Sapphire coated mineral crystals since it is infused to be ONE material. This makes it a superior choice to Sapphire coated crystals.




Is it the superior choice for you? Only you can make that determination. But now you have the facts to make up your own mind. Invicta will be using this new process on most, if not all, of their future production.
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BILLANAGNOS(GREEK)963December 23, 2010 02:27PM

Flame-Fusion crystal explained, by Invicta spoke person, not my words, for your FYI

BILLANAGNOS(GREEK)72900December 23, 2010 04:53PM

Re: This makes it a superior choice to Sapphire.

Anonymous User1362December 23, 2010 05:12PM

Re: Do you talk to yourself in person? Laughing

Anonymous User711December 24, 2010 09:27PM

Seikos Engineers reply about Sapphlex, not my wording either but for your FYI

BILLANAGNOS(GREEK)3124December 23, 2010 05:03PM

The more I look at all brands, its clear that most copy some elements from one another, did not buy any smile (n/t)

BILLANAGNOS(GREEK)497December 23, 2010 04:54PM

I noticed that too, probably due to the fact that I have a SA 500. It's on today!Laughing Jpeg Attachments

Timemiser512December 23, 2010 04:00PM

Wassup with their "Flame Fusion Crystal" Bro. Bill? Give us a tech run-down, please! Smile Jpeg Attachments

Anonymous User1166December 23, 2010 03:57PM



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