Thursday, February 12, 2015

Balance staff!

Now when the program is coming to an end, the students are working on some private repairs, some of them are extremely interesting.

Brad Taylor is for instance servicing a vintage Bucherer chronograph, which has the legendary Valjoux 72 chronograph movement.

Quite a lot of components there, lets hope Brad doesn't forget how to assembly it again.

Charles Birchall went back to micro-mechanics this week when he started making a balance staff. Making of a balance staff is a dying skill but our student of course learn how to make one since we find it an absolute must skill to have.


Cleaning and checking the pivot.

Balance staff back in the Jacot tool for more burnishing.

And voilá, a balance staff!

Tomorrow afternoon we will be visiting Renaud et Papi manufacture which happens to be in a walking distance from the school. That will be an exciting visit since at Renaud et Papi they make some of the most exclusive and exotic watches on the planet for many prestigious brands.

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