In a market of 8.5 million mechanical watches, nearly 15% of escapements ( anchors, anchor wheels ) are produced by Mimotec SA.
Founded in 1998 by Dr. Hubert Lorenz, Mimotec has established itself over the years as an important player in the watch industry. Better known for prototyping and small series, UV-LIGA technology is today also used for “mass” production.
With nearly 2500 different items produced each year in our Sion factory, the escapement wheel and the anchor are by far the “best-seller” with more than one million wheels delivered in 2019. The escapement is a fine example of a strategic component for which the UV-LIGA* process offers many advantages over traditional production methods.
One of the advantages lies in the choice of electroformed nickel-phosphorous (NiP) material, which is 100% non-magnetic. Combined with high precision and design freedom, the UV-LIGA process has now become a must for escapement components (exhaust wheel, anchor and stinger).
Always conscious of delivering a product that is as complete as possible, Mimotec also offers the supply of assembled escapement wheels. Equipped with ultra-modern installations and backed by several years of experience, Sigatec, its sister company, today assembles escapement systems in silicon and LIGA.
Open to the whole of the Swiss and foreign watchmaking industry, Mimotec is positioned as a reliable partner offering robust technology from prototypes to mass production.
*UV-LIGA: manufacturing method by galvanic growth