Monday, June 29, 2015

From BBQ to a visit with a living legend

We are finally getting nice weather in Le Locle, so the school decided to have a barbecue.  We went to the nicer part of town and found a spot to build a fire.  We prepared an assortment of Swiss meats and vegetables to grill.  It was nice to spend time outside for a change.
Everyone enjoying themselves under the perfect weather

Just some of the food we feasted on for the BBQ

The students were shown high tech materials including this Aerogel we have in the picture below.  It is a cloud-like material that's extremely light and isolating.  It looks delicious.
A fluffy piece of aerogel

Robert lent us a Chezard 7400, a jumping second mechanism, to study since one of our students is thinking about having one in his school watch.  It is a clever mechanism that makes the second hand "jump" instead of the usual sweep seconds on a mechanical watch.

A magnified view of the jumping second mechanism

Simone came up with another unique design for one of his tools.  The tripod he made looks futuristic with torch-like screws.  The tripod is made from brass, but he is planning to maybe powder coat it later.
Extremely cool design from Simone

On the weekend we took a field-trip to Dombresson to visit one of Henrik's teachers from WOSTEP, Mr. Simonin who now currently runs a bookstore focused on watches.  None of our students went home empty handed.
Mr. Simonin is a living legend in the watch industry

Theren and Tomas soaking their brains in knowledge

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