Pierre Aubert, James Punshon, Jayne Zhuo
Origin : Sydney, Australia. Toulouse, France. Singapore.
Age : 38
Watchmaking class: Technician Course
Current mood: Pierre here! We are officially back in school! I think it is safe to say that this was a very taxing week week for all of us 😆: we’ve had to adapt to our new schedule again and the massive drop in temp. here in Le Locle. In fact we’ve gone from sun and 19C to rain and 3C 😂. The work progressed quite smoothly though! We’ve started the Balance and Hairspring section of the course, it is really interesting. Off we go on a well deserved weekend! See you next week everyone
Name: Markus McDonald.
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden.
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: The first week back has been both refreshing and intense as getting back to the old routine and having a separation between work and home has been quiet nice. The expected change in routine and the shift in the weather from summer too a more winter chill has made the adjustment quiet taxing. However even though things have been intense this week, I have found it a lot more rewarding and focus oriented than the last week of working from home making the coming weeks a welcomed change.
Origin : Malaysia
Age : 28
Watchmaking class : 2 years Fullskill Program
Current Mood: This week has been productive. Excited and enthusiastic. Learned how to harden and temper steel. It was very interesting and fun! Managed to do some square hand filing exercise given and more hand turning. Finished the fraction fit plate to be fitted with cylinder, female and male cones pins. Also made a wood vice piece for hand filing purposes.
Origin : Kaohsiung, Taiwan
Age : 27
Watchmaking : 2Y Fullskill Program
Current mood: First week back to the school, still trying to pick up the pace after the long month. Despite of the drop in efficiency, the program is advancing well. I have started a restoration project for an old movement. A working prototype was made and a proper winding stem is in progress. Look forward to next week where I can get back to it.
STEP 1: MAKING A WINDING STEM FOR OLD MOVEMENT (ALEX)
|MAKING FIRST A BRASS PROTOTYPE.|
|TRYING WITH MORE PARTS.|
|CHECKING DIMENSIONS IN THE PROFILE PROJECTOR.|
|TRIAL ROLLER DIE THREAD FORMING ON BLUE STEEL, BEFORE.|
|CHECKING THE FUNCTION OF THE PROTOTYPE, WINDING POSITION.|
|CLOSE UP OF THREAD MADE WITH ROLLER DIE.|
STEP 2: HEAT TREATING STEEL (MICHAEL)
STEP 3: STATIC POISING TOOL (TECHNICIAN COURSE)
|THE TECHNICIAN COURSE ENTERED THE BALANCE AND HAIRSPRING MODULE, CHECKING HERE BALANCE STAFF PIVOTS WITH THE POISING TOOL IN THE MICROSCOPE, AFTER THEY WILL BE POISED USING THE SAME TOOL TO DETECT HEAVY SPOTS.|
We finally got back to some kind of normality, its not exactly the same as before the virus, but certainly much easier than the complete home-schooling system. The students seemed very happy to be back!
As I mentioned before, Peter Speake-Marin launched the school interviews and made a homepage for us on The Naked Watchmaker page which really looks professional and cool!! Ones again Thank you so much for this Peter!!
The student interviews on YouTube;
Enjoy the weekend and see you next week!