A Black Hole for your Wrist: The S-110 Evo Venta Black

From Swiss watch manufacturer ‘Manufacture Contemporaine du Temps’ comes the almost 100% non-reflective, “two-dimensional” MCT S-110 Venta Black wrist watch. The first watch to feature this unique aerospace coating from ‘Surrey NanoSystems‘.

 

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The watch is a 45mm ‘Vanta Black’ coated mechanical watch that uses four different rotating panels to display the time.

A video illustrating the mechanical time display panels of this watch can be seen below.

The special lab grown ‘Vanta’ coating is also quite durable, but can only be applied by a trained specialist who builds up the layers with a binder working at 300° C.

The watch is a limited edition of 10 pieces, costing $95,000 USD each. It will be released this fall (2016) and absorbs only slightly less light than a black hole.

you can visit the official retailer here

 

The (Vertically Aligned carbon Nano Tube Array) coating is unique in the fact that it absorbs almost 100% of visible light and reflects almost 0% of it. Since it reflects almost no visible light surface details vanish and what you get in return is a watch that appears flat and two-dimensional. This technology goes beyond an exclusive quirky timepiece coating, but has practical applications in low contrast deep space optics and solar energy conversion.

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Vanta black lab grown on tin foil (CC Surrey NanoSystems)

Development on this technology began in 2012 with a coating that could absorb 99.965% of light, and more recently a coating that absorbs an even more immeasurable amount. The coating is composed of tiny carbon nano tubes that are 10,000 times thinner than a human hair, so small in fact photons can not enter them but instead get trapped in the surrounding empty space and absorbed, being converted into energy.

Steven Michaels