A Radium is born
Your watch starts as a block of extruded aluminum, from Hydro’s manufacturing plant in Magnor, near the Swedish border. The block is strong, light, durable and climate efficient.
This aluminum block is then precision milled at Stålfjæra in Oslo,by machine operator Magnus and his faithful companion.
Your watchcase and its parts then undergo anodizing in Horten. Anodizing is an electrochemical process that converts the metal surface into a durable, corrosion-resistant, anodic oxide finish. It cannot chip or peel. Anodizing was patented in 1923 by two British men, Bengough and Stuart and the use of industrial-scale anodizing began in the same year.
Then there's the dial.
Your dial starts as a blank brass dial. The dial is the laser engraved in Ski outside Oslo. Fiber laser engraving systems are ideal for the engraving of dials – not only do you get a crisp and precise result – the dial can easily be restored in the future, as the markings are a physical part of the brass.
The dial is then spray painted and lumed, either by hand or automatically, depending on the dial in question.
The heart of any watch is its movement.
All our watches are fitted with Swiss movement; ETA 6497, ETA 6498, both handwound movements, and the Sellite 200B automatic. Typically, you'll find the ETA/Unitas movements in our historical models (Long-lug cases, no central seconds), and the Sellita in our contemporary models (Short-lug cases, central seconds).
Your watch comes to life
Under the skilled hands of master watch smith Simen Solvold in his workshop at Tveita, Oslo. A renowned expert on vintage watch servicing and repairs, Simen is the perfect craftsman to work on a traditional, mechanical instrument such as Radium.
All this comes together as a time piece you can wear with confidence and pride, and if you treat it well it'll become a treasured heirloom for future generations.