Friday, February 14, 2020


Friday, February 14, 2020

 WEEK 45

Jayne Zhuo, James Punshon, Pierre Aubert
Origin : Singapore. Sydney, Australia. Toulouse, France.
Age : 38
Watchmaking class: Technician Course
Current mood: James here! Our focus this week was the first trial exam of the course. The 3 of us worked on being able to strip, inspect, adjust, clean and reassemble the 6498 movement. This included correcting the flatness of wheels, analyzing and adjusting divisions and endshakes and cleaning and adjusting barrels. The stress built as the test neared, but was all allayed once we all received our encouraging feedback afterwards. More trial exams coming next week! We all now deserve a beer!

Markus McDonald 
Origin : Stockholm Sweden 
Age : 21
Watchmaking class: 2 years Fullskill Program
Current mood :This week was the same as the previous week being focused on two things, my  trial exams which I did two of and preparation. The preparation was vital as it allowed me to keep my tools sharp allowing me too reduce the amount of time in my exam, as I was able to remove material efficiently and accurately which I did between both exams.
The first exam this week was my second trial exam overall and I was able to get 21.5 percent better than my first exam additionally I did this exam two hours faster. This was fantastic as it was a huge improvement over my first exam. The second exam this week was eight hours the length of the main exam and was split between Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. The exam went very well as I was able to integrate new techniques with the finishing and the hardening/tempering whilst maintaining the same score as the previous exam in eight hours.
In conclusion this week went very well as I was able to improve my technique both for the winding stem and the exam very well.

Origin : Malaysia
Age : 28
Watchmaking class : 2 years Fullskill Program
Current Mood : Has been a really slow and progressing week for me. Learning how to use the milling machine to make angles and different cuts. Only managed to finish two screws for my pointed nose vice. There is just so many trial and error to be done. Looking forward for next week. 

Origin : Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
Age : 26
Watchmaking : 2Y Fullskill Program
Current mood: The week started slow but picked up pace in a accelerating speed!!! Cannot believe it's already Friday. I don't even remember what I did clearly. We receive tons of tools recently and spent the entire Monday trying to fit the clip on eye loupe on my super thick glass temple and I am glad I did for I can see everything while turning now, everything!!!!! I seriously don't recall the rest of the week, so I am just going to call it a week!!!



Michael milling the other parts of the pointed nose vice.

Weeks are passing by like days now! Pierre, Jayne, and James did their first gear train trial exam, Michael finish some really cool looking patterns on his pointed nose vice, Alex learn how to grind slot gravers in the Agathon. Markus did several winding stem trial exams and is on a good way towards the real one. All in all a really enjoyable week! See you next week!

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