Friday, July 3, 2020



Pierre Aubert, James Punshon, Jayne Zhuo
Origin : Sydney, Australia. Toulouse, France. Singapore.
Age : 38
Watchmaking class: Technician Course
Current mood: Hi everyone, James here! Extremely interesting week this week, finishing off classic chronos and delving into modern chrono modules and 7750s. Very fascinating!
We will visit Mr Simonin and his famous watch related book collection tomorrow. Excited to pick up a copy of the chronograph bible, The Chronograph: It's Mechanism and Repair by B. Humbert.
Have a great weekend everybody!

Name: Markus McDonald.
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden. 
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: 
This week I started with the technician course specially going over the fundaments, such as modifying screwdrivers and tweezers. Along with an In-depth introduction to the gear train and technician oriented skills. 
This was very refreshing but also quiet intense as the difference between micro mechanics and technician is subtle but significant.

Origin : Malaysia
Age : 28
Watchmaking class : 2 years Fullskill Program
Current Mood: Tomorrow, tomorrow and tomorrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
And all my weekdays have been practicing,
The way to be a watchmaker. Out, out winding stems!
May I make the best winding stems before summer ends!

Origin : Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
Age : 27
Watchmaking : 2Y Fullskill Program
Current mood: The week is good. Passed the pivot gauge exam with flying color, had McDonald's for the lunch, going to Mr. Simonin tomorrow and have kebab for lunch. Plus the big break is coming soon, couldn't get any better!!!  

High-end version of the ETA 7753 chronograph caliber.

Installing the base movement onto the chronograph module placed under it, having a mirror under helps to see when the base movement starts to drive the module by observing the second hand and when it starts to move reflected under the mirror.

The students also went to Herrli tool and watch part store in Bienne/Biel to source watchmaking tools.


Fully packed week! Markus starting the technician course learning the screwdriver and tweezers sharpening as well as warming up with assembly/disassembly of various movement modern and vintage. Jayne, James and Pierre completed most parts of the chronograph course ending with the modular version from Dubois Dépraz a company specializing in making modules located in Vallée de Joux, also the oscillating pinion chronograph caliber ETA 7753 was covered in full this week. Alex finished his final pivot gauge exam, and Michael continued practicing making winding stems in steel, although a bit intensive week still very pleasant. Have a great weekend everyone! 

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