Black timepieces are often presented in lustrous titanium or stainless steel cases and are PVD coated. PVD stands for Physical Vapor Deposition. The PVD process was initially developed in 1966 specifically for the materials industry.
The very first black PVD watches had a significant disadvantage - they suffered from easy chipping and flaking. However, over time the process of manufacture was improved and black watches appeared in catalogs of high-end watch companies, with Tag Heuer, Panerai, Audemars Piguet, Hublot, and Kobold, among others. The companies used the process for developing highly successful timekeeping devices.
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak End of Days and Panerai PAM 004 stand out among other modern black watches as they are in strong demand among collectors. The both timepieces are housed in a massive case and characterized by military and sporty look.
Tag Heuer's Monaco, a PVD edition, Hublot's Big Bang, and Technomarine's Maori black watch models have been created in more elegant way, not influenced by military-style features.
One more brand that has greatly contributed to popularization and enlarging the category of black timepieces is Chase-Durer with headquarters in Los Angeles.
The brand initially introduced the Fighter Command Steel Alarm Chronograph 15 years ago but it is still found on the list of most recognizable black watches. The timepiece is especially highly demanded by pilots. Since then, the company has expanded its product lines with a wide range of black models - Special Forces, Automatic, Pilot, Diving and Racing.
Marianne Chase, president of Chase-Durer, believes that China offers the best PVD coating. The cases of the brand's PVD coated black watches are scratch-resistant and bracelets are worth special attention as every link of a bracelet is coated separately, thus providing proper quality. Chase-Durer black watches are really popular among those wearing uniform.
Kobold is another example of a watchmaking company that knows how to satisfy collectors' passion for black, military-like timepieces. The brand develops limited editions of PVD watches, with its SEAL Tactical being one of noteworthy examples.
Michael Kobold, CEO of the company, supports the recent well-established trend for black watches as he thinks that a lot of people appreciate such timekeepers for their professional look. Besides aesthetic appeal, Kobold black watches provide reliability and accuracy as they are subjected to 1000 hours of testing.
Present day timepieces are provided with extremely durable PVD coating. The final tint of coating depends on the material the case is produced from.
Among PVD black timepieces you will discover models in distinctively military style, as well as timepieces that are suitable to accompany their owners to a very formal board meeting.
Modern customers are increasingly interested in black PVD coated timepieces as they finely match both formal and sporty outfit. If a black watch's owner changes the strap, he will get a timepiece with absolutely different look. Black color is always in fashion and surpasses short-termed fashion trends as it is always classic.