Origin : New Delhi, India
Age : 28
Watchmaking class : 8 month Service & Technician course
Current mood : Busy week: the workload has increased and is making the course very intense. I began to work on barrels and jewel setting, let's see how next week goes! :) The first month of micro mechanics has been very helpful- I just made a new tool to make daily operations on barrel easier 😁(*little joys of life*)!
Origin : Toulouse, France
Age : 22
Watchmaking class : 2Y Fullskill Program
Current mood: The workshop is bustling- it is very pleasant and stimulating!! I was very lucky to spend most of my week on the Jig Borer=> I've had a lot of fun. I really enjoy the planning before using the machine, the discipline and awareness it takes to operate it without defect. It puts me in a zone I really appreciate and look forward to being in. Last but not least, its accuracy is very very satisfying..!! I was also introduced to a new machine: the Agathon Grinding machine. We use it to sharpen gravers that are later used for lathe operations. I loved it. Its efficiency is unbelievable: once the machine is properly set up, it is only a matter of seconds (30s'-1minute) before your graver is refreshed..!! On top of that, it has an incredible oil recycling system..!
Now as for the school watch, I made some progress with the setting mechanism. Last week's design was off and wrong as I designed it with the setting lever in setting position and not in its extreme winding position..! Silly mistake I know 😅 I went back to drawing, made a new one and just made a 10:1 cardboard mainplate with real pins to see if that new design is functional! And it is ..!!😎 Next step: Find existing radius-es, positions for steady pins and the screws holding each part before I can prepare a sequence of work to make the latter on the Jig Borer!! (Final dimensions will be brought by hand filing and potential grinding on the lathe!= More exciting times ahead..!!! 😁 Hopefully this will make more sense to you as I post more pictures 😉
STEP 1: HARMAN & HIS BARRELS
|Drilling holes in my support!|
A tool with a view!! 😃
STEP 2: PIERRE & HIS NEW BABY: THE JIG BORER!!
STEP 3: GRINDING!
STEP 3: SCHOOL WATCH!😎
Original design: Too short
New design: Is it functional?
And yes it is..!! :)
GETTING INTRODUCED TO THE SWISS FONDUE
This week was a very fun one! As I got to give several demonstrations; grinding lathe gravers with the Agathon, servicing barrels, and jeweling, we also had a lovely and fun evening together eating Swiss cheese fondue. For me, my project on the sapphire watch is progressing well, made a movement ring out of see through acrylic glass and prototype dial ring for it, my drawing worked out nicely as both rings placed the movement in the right area inside the case, now I know what dimensions the real ones will have.
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Have a lovely weekend and see you next week!
|Raw material for dial ring and movement holder.|
|Prototype dial ring and movement holder for sapphire case watch project.|