Patents Assigned to Rolex S.A.
  • Patent number: 9458064
    Abstract: The invention relates to coloured ceramic bodies and a method for obtaining these coloured ceramic bodies. The method of the invention comprising the following steps: providing a composition comprising a technical ceramic material, a first pigment component and optionally binder materials, preparing a green body from this composition, optionally debinding the green body, thereafter subjecting the green body to a treatment with a metal-containing preparation as a further pigment component, and sintering the treated green body. The coloured technical ceramic body of the present invention consists of a technical ceramic material, the technical ceramic body comprising a first coloured area and a second coloured area of a different colour, whereby the first coloured area contains a first pigment component, and the second coloured area contains a second pigment component which is formed from the first pigment component and the further pigment component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2016
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Pierre Huguet, Carine Bienvenu
  • Patent number: 9434654
    Abstract: The present invention relates to novel technical ceramic bodies and a method for preparing these technical ceramic bodies. The method of the invention for the production of a coloured technical ceramic body comprises the following steps: providing a composition comprising alumina, at least one pigment component and optionally binder materials, preparing a green body from this composition, optionally debinding the green body, thereafter subjecting the green body to a treatment with a metal-containing preparation as a further pigment component, and sintering the treated green body. The coloured technical ceramic body of the present invention consists of alumina as a technical ceramic material, the technical ceramic body comprising a first coloured area and a second coloured area of a different colour, whereby the first coloured area contains a first pigment component, and the second coloured area contains a second pigment component in combination with the first pigment component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2016
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Ollivier Pujol, Carine Bienvenu
  • Patent number: 9365941
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for fabricating a monolayer or multilayer metal structure in LIGA technology, in which a photoresist layer is deposited on a flat metal substrate, a photoresist mold is created by irradiation or electron or ion bombardment, a metal or alloy is electroplated in this mold, the electroformed metal structure is detached from the substrate and the photoresist is separated from this metal structure, wherein the metal substrate is used as an agent involved in the forming of at least one surface of the metal structure other than that formed by the plane surface of the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 14, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventor: Clément Saucy
  • Patent number: 9348314
    Abstract: Dial (1) for a timepiece, comprising a disc (2) intended to be positioned substantially parallel to a timepiece, and a skirt (3) extending in a direction substantially perpendicular to the disc (2) of the dial, characterized in that the skirt (3) comprises at least one elastic element (10) which extends partially over the height of the skirt to retain the dial axially on a timepiece movement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Date of Patent: May 24, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventor: Jean-Baptiste Robin
  • Patent number: 9342051
    Abstract: The invention relates to a watch with a rigid casing-up, comprising: a middle (1); a bottom (2); a movement (3, 3bis, 3ter, 3quater, 41); and a casing-up ring (4, 4bis, 4ter, 42) in contact with the middle (1). The casing-up ring (4, 4bis, 4ter, 42) has an inner peripheral face (8, 17) and the movement (3, 3bis, 3ter, 3quater, 41) is secured to an outer peripheral face (7, 13, 18, 18bis), said inner (8, 17) and outer (7, 13, 1, 18bis) peripheral faces being in contact with each other in the Z and Z? regions thereof. Said watch is characterized in that it also comprises a tightening element (5, 5bis) provided for exerting pressure on the casing-up ring (4, 4bis, 4ter, 42) or the movement (3quater). The invention also relates to a method for casing-up such a watch.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 17, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Julien Cattaneo, Marco La China
  • Patent number: 9250610
    Abstract: A split collet in which the contour of the central opening that is intended to receive a balance staff is not circular. The collet is characterized in that the contour (3) of the central opening (2) comprises a limited number of supporting parts (4, 5, 12, 14, 15) intended to co-operate with the balance shaft, said number being greater than two.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 2, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventor: Jerome Daout
  • Patent number: 9228625
    Abstract: The invention relates to an amorphous metal alloy which may be used in the field of mechanical applications, in particular as a spring. This amorphous metal alloy corresponds to the formula FeaCObNicNbdVeBfTag in which: 0?a?70; 0?b?70; 8<c?60; 1?d?19; 1?e<?10; 12?f?25; 0?g?5; with 20?a+b?70; 50?a+b+c?90; 5?d+e?20; and a+b+c+d+e+f+g=100.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 22, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 5, 2016
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Moustafa Aljerf, Konstantinos Georgarakis, Thomas Gyger, Alain Le Moulec, Vincent von Niederhäusern, Alain Yavari
  • Patent number: 9170563
    Abstract: The invention relates to a horological device, in particular a horological movement or timepiece, comprising a winding mechanism and at least one mechanism for correcting at least one indicator member. According to the invention, the aforementioned mechanisms can be actuated by a control stem that can occupy at least two axial positions, each corresponding to the actuation of one of the mechanisms, said control stem (T) comprising: a winder pinion (5) that can engage with the winding mechanism; and a sliding pinion (6) that can be moved axially, both with respect to the control stem (T) and with respect to the frame of the horological device, and can engage with the correcting mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Denis Rudaz, Pierre Villaret
  • Patent number: 9164482
    Abstract: Lever (6) comprising at least a first element (61) for guiding in rotation of a first wheel (1), at least one friction element (62) which is designed to co-operate with an at least substantially cylindrical portion (10c) of the first wheel, and at least one resilient element (63), which is designed to return resiliently the at least one friction element to a state of co-operation with the said portion of the first wheel, notably in contact with the said portion of the first wheel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 20, 2015
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Villaret
  • Patent number: 9146541
    Abstract: A device (100; 200) for resetting to a predetermined position an indicator member (2, 13; 22) indicative of a parameter connected with time, notably a “flyback” device, the indicator member being kinematically linked to a drive mobile (15; 35), the device comprising an energy accumulator (9) and a return element (1; 21) for returning the indicator member indicative of the parameter connected with time to the predetermined position, the return element being powered by energy from the accumulator, the energy being supplied to the energy accumulator by a user via a control member (4) for resetting to the predetermined position, the control member being able to be manipulated by the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Pascal Billet, Julien Cattaneo, Marco La China, Denis Rudaz, Fabiano Colpo
  • Patent number: 9146537
    Abstract: A horology component (14), which has an opening (140) intended to house a member (13) driven into the opening, includes at least one housing structure (15) for housing the member, each housing structure including a housing element (16) intended to come into contact with the member, a connecting element (17), and an elastically deformable element the (18). The housing element is mounted on the elastically deformable element via the connecting element.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 29, 2015
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventor: Pierre Cattiau
  • Patent number: 9104178
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for making a spring for a timepiece that comprises at least one monobloc ribbon of metal glass including at least one curvature. The method is characterized in that said method comprises the step of shaping by means of plastic-deformation said monobloc ribbon in order to obtain at least a portion of said curvature.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Thomas Gyger, Vincent Von Niederhäusern
  • Patent number: 9016933
    Abstract: A balance wheel for timepiece movement, which obeys the following condition: D5·f/I?20·10?2m3kg?1s?1 where D is the diameter of the balance wheel, f is the frequency and I is the moment of inertia.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2015
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Raphael Cettour-Baron, Denis Rudaz
  • Patent number: 8993466
    Abstract: The invention relates to an alumina-based opaque ceramic, similar to ruby and having a high toughness. This ceramic comprises, by weight: 0.4% to 5% of at least from one oxide of a metal chosen from chromium, cobalt, nickel, manganese, vanadium, titanium and iron; 0.00080 to 0.5% of magnesium oxide; and 0.05 to 6% of at least one oxide of an element of the group of rare earths. The ceramic is applicable in particular in jewelry, fine jewelry and watch making. The invention also relates to methods of preparing such a ceramic.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 1, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Ollivier Pujol, Isabelle Rigot
  • Patent number: 8995238
    Abstract: A device (100) for displaying time information with the aid of an indicator member (1), including a cam (2) the profile of which includes a flank (23); a lever (4) driving the indicator member (1); a follower (3) controlling the lever (4), pressed against the cam (2) by first spring means (6), adapted, during movement of the flank (23) in a first direction of movement of the cam (2), to control movement of the lever (4) intended to drive movement of the indicator member (1), characterized in that the follower (3) controlling the lever (4) is adapted to be moved relative to the lever (4) against the return action of second spring means (5) by an action force (F) exerted by the flank (23) of the cam (2) on the follower (3) during movement of the flank (23) in a second direction of movement of the cam (2).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 31, 2015
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventor: Blaise Fracheboud
  • Patent number: 8951630
    Abstract: The invention relates to a novel ultra-thin hydrophobic and oleophobic layer, formed by self-assembly on a solid substrate surface, of compounds of the general formula A-B in which A represents a group of the formula in which Z represents C or N+, X represents C—H or C-L, L being an electron-attracting group selected from F, Cl, Br, I, CF3, NO2 and N(CH3)3+, Y represents H or CH3, or Y forms a 5- or 6-atom heterocycle with X, T represents NH, CO, CONH or NH2+U?, U? being a soluble anion, and B represents an unsubstituted C1-C20 linear aliphatic alkyl group, or a C1-C20 linear aliphatic alkyl group partially or completely substituted with F, and a method of preparing this layer and its use as an epilame or barrier film.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 10, 2015
    Assignees: Rolex S.A., Susos, AG
    Inventors: Samuele Tosatti, Stefan Zürcher
  • Publication number: 20150023140
    Abstract: An integral assembly of a single or double hairspring and an unsplit collet including two portions opposite one another for receiving the balance staff, one portion including one of the bearing surfaces (2 or 3) for the balance staff and a point (10, 11) for attaching the hairspring, and the other portion including another bearing surface (4, 5 or 14) for the balance staff, the two portions being connected together by two linking portions that are less rigid than the receiving portions so as to be capable of elastically deforming during the fitting of a balance staff. According to another aspect, the invention also relates to an integral assembly of a hairspring and a collet, including at least two stages, as well as to a method for manufacturing such an assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 1, 2012
    Publication date: January 22, 2015
    Applicant: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Jerome Daout, Richard Bossart, Jean-Marc Bonard
  • Patent number: 8922283
    Abstract: A wristwatch, which comprises an atomic oscillator comprising a system for detecting the beat frequencies obtained by the Raman effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2014
    Assignee: ROLEX S.A.
    Inventors: Laurent Balet, Jacques Haesler, Steve Lecomte, David Ruffieux
  • Patent number: 8882339
    Abstract: The invention relates to an immobilizing device for a toothed wheel suitable for the field of horology where it can be part of a direct- or indirect-impulse escapement, in particular in a wristwatch. This immobilizing device (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6) comprises: —a base (7); —an immobilizer (9) comprising two arms (10, 11) each provided with a pallet (14, 15) intended to come into contact with a tooth of the toothed wheel (40); —a first and a second elastic element (12, 13) each having an end connected to the immobilizer (9) and another end connected to the base (7); —a third elastic element (16) connected to the immobilizer (9), and it has the particular feature that it is in one piece or in one piece apart from at least one of the pallets (14, 15). The invention also relates to a timepiece and to a method for assembling such a timepiece.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Fabiano Colpo, Simon Henein
  • Patent number: 8882342
    Abstract: This watch case comprises a middle (1), a tube (3, 23), which is secured to the middle (1) and is provided with a thread, a control crown (C) which is provided with a thread screwed onto the tube (3, 23), the control crown (C) having an external part (10, 20) that has a distinctive mark (S) that is visible from the outside and an internal part (2, 24) housed inside the external part (10, 20) and clamping means (11) for axially holding said external part (10, 20) and said internal part (2, 24) in an angular position determined with respect to the longitudinal axis of said tube. The internal part (2, 24) has first angular indexing means (2a, 24a), the external part (10, 20) having second angular indexing means (10a, 20a), these indexing means being shaped so as to engage axially in one another.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 11, 2014
    Assignee: Rolex S.A.
    Inventors: Julien Cattaneo, Daniel Moille