Pierre Aubert, James Punshon, Jayne Zhuo
Origin : Sydney, Australia. Toulouse, France. Singapore.
Age : 38
Watchmaking class: Technician Course
Current mood: James here! Our final days of Quarantine. I’d like to say the month of quarantine went quickly, but I can safely say everyone is excited to be returning to school! The weather has been amazing here this month, spring came early and with force! It was a life saver to be able to take great hikes during our study breaks, really kept the mind balanced. Us technicians have just now completed the escapement module. Keep us in your prayers as we enter the hairspring module next week 😊
Origin : Stockholm Sweden
Age : 21
Watchmaking class: 2 years Fullskill Program
Current mood: This week I cracked on with the burnishing trying out different speeds and momentum too gain a feel for how much would be taken off whilst burnishing, this was helped a lot thanks too WhatsApp. As I was able too checkin with hendrik and gain advice. Thankfully although working from home was an important and necessary experience we are going back too school next week granted maintaining the distance and taking advantage of the flexibility that is provided by the school such as space and altering the hours for break. This will be good as it will keep us healthy whilst allowing for more hands on help with some of the modules which will help greatly in preparation for the exams.
Origin : Malaysia
Age : 28
Watchmaking class : 2 years Fullskill Program
Current Mood: Started to practice with a few shapes for hand turning. Shapes includes 90 degree cone, 90 degree corner, semi circles, Female cone, and the most challenging conical pivot! It turns out really well. Finished the exercise and started with winding stem squares. Make two cones on both ends of a cyclinder to start with, and then turn down to the given diameter before hand filing down to the square. Will be doing five different diameters and squares. Very fun because you are the one who controls your work. Looking forward to next Monday!
Origin : Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Age : 27
Watchmaking : 2Y Fullskill Program
Current mood: Nothing exiting happened this week really. Finished the winding stem exam and is moving back to school next week. Enough said, I am gonna enjoy the very last moment of working from home. No more pajama turning. Well, it has been fun, hope to do it again soon, in a good way, somehow.
STEP 1: BASIC CUTS ON THE 8 MM LATHE (MICHAEL)
|ONE OF THE BASIC CUTS IS TO TURN INTERNAL CONES WITH A HAND GRAVER.|
So it became clear this week that now we are for sure going back to our little paradise of amazing machines and watchmaking tools again!! As next Monday the fun will continue again in the school. Hopefully it will stay this way for some time as well, and since we now have one experience of this, we now also know perfectly well what to do next time in case there is a repeat, crossing my fingers it will work out! The students seem very eager to get back as well! Otherwise they have been doing much more beyond my expectations in a situation like this, and have stayed so positive throughout this process! Could not be prouder of all of them!! Oh! I almost forgot to mention we also launched a very nice short interview on YouTube of Harman who graduated last year, check it out here;
Enjoy the weekend and see you next week for new adventures!