Friday, June 12, 2020



Pierre Aubert, James Punshon, Jayne Zhuo
Origin : Sydney, Australia. Toulouse, France. Singapore.
Age : 38
Watchmaking class: Technician Course
Current mood: James here! A very intense couple of weeks, with our trial and final hairspring exams. The learning curve has been frighteningly steep! What once seemed like an impossible task now surprisingly makes sense! Everyone today is noticeably lighter in mood now that the final exam is behind us.
Looking forward to putting hairsprings behind us and starting the vintage restoration course!
Have a great weekend everybody!

Name: Markus McDonald.
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden. 
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: This week I focused on furthering the pivot gauge mock/trial exams, focusing on further simulating the real conditions for the the exam.
Both with the four hour time span as in the exam. Plus using the randomization of the pivot dimension. This went very well as although it was psychological intensive the end result was very good thanks too the techniques and methods I incorporated in regard too feel and focus.

Origin : Malaysia
Age : 28
Watchmaking class : 2 years Fullskill Program
Current Mood: I was doing the brass anvil this week and unfortunately I have to put it on hold as Henrik introduce the winding stem slot exercise. Learned how to make my own slot gravers using the Agathon. Started with the slot turning exercises. Will continue doing more next week! 

Origin : Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
Age : 27
Watchmaking : 2Y Fullskill Program
Current mood: Another week, another broken pivot. Although I feel like progress is being made, no longer do I break them during burnishing so that's good. Anyway, that's it from me this week!!

Drilling out the broken screw head.

Before extracting, it can be seen the left screw was damaged.

Centering the screw head with the microscope in the Aciera F1.

Inserted a new screw and the broken extracted one on top of the graver holder.

Square tungsten carbide stock material for graver.

Grinding by hand in the Agathon!

Finished slot graver for winding stems!


The final balance & hairspring exam for the technician course finished yesterday, very happy to have that behind us as now we are more free, since that was the final large course of the program. Next up will be complete repairs and overhauls and interesting short courses here and there, as well as repairs of personal, family and friends watches. Michael was kind enough to repair a broken graver holder for the school as one screw was broken and stuck in it, and he also learn how to extract screws in general as well, which can come in handy if he restores old watches, thank you Michael! Peter from The Naked Watchmaker launched the second part of my interview as well as the special project we worked on together as I mention some weeks back. It’s a deconstruction video of a classical style modern watch and it came out looking really nice! Thank you Peter! Link to The Naked Watchmaker;

The Deconstruction video;

Part 2 of my interview;

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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