Friday, September 18, 2020

SLOW WEEK!

  WEEK 76

Pierre Aubert
Origin :Toulouse, France.
Age : 24
Watchmaking class: Fullskill
Current mood: Slow week: Started by drilling the recesses for the shoulders of my bridge screws. I am making special recesses to receive conical screws. My sequences were already ready for further op, but I was a bit tired and decided to do some more mindless work for the week! Thought it’d be smarter than messing up with the school watch! I was able to practice my first hairspring raises to make Breguet curves! It’s really interesting and satisfying! See you next week!


Name: Markus McDonald.
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden. 
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: 
This week did not go so well being both disruptive and draining which didn’t help for my exam and preparation.
However I was able to get back to it and I will use the weekend to get into the best condition for the exam next week.  


Michael
Origin : Malaysia
Age : 28
Watchmaking class : 2 years Fullskill Program
Current Mood: Burnishing pivot gauge is very challenging And nerve racking in some stages. Especially when it reaches below 0.10mm. Managed to snap a few on the way to 0.07mm. Making the dome was the nightmare, have to get rid of the burrs in a certain way and not damage your previous work. Looking forward for next week. 


Alex
Origin : Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
Age : 27
Watchmaking : 2Y Fullskill Program
Current mood: Another week has passed. I have been mostly working on my pointed nose vise and have successfully made the both upper and lower piece. The screw is yet to be turned but the design is ready. It will be on top of my check list on Monday morning. 


STEP 1: MILLING! (ALEX)

Alex special design pointed nose vice after milling.


STEP 2: RAISED DOUBLE BEND! (BREGUET STYLE) (PIERRE)
Pierre tried out to raise the double bend like Breguet hairsprings, here is his first trial on a scrapped trial hairspring. 




STEP 3: SCHOOL WATCH! (PIERRE)
Pierre planning the screw recesses.

View of the recess through the microscope in the jig boring machine.






HENRIK's WORDS:

 

This was an easy and calm week, the first one in a very long time! Nothing really new to report back, except Michael learn how to shorten pivots and burnishing the dome at the end of them, Alex progressed well on his pointed nose vice and Pierre learned how to make the Breguet hairspring, he practiced making the double bend raise with special tweezers. Oh! If you like unusual mechanisms and watches go to the Naked Watchmaker, he featured some cool looking old pocket watches from my collection, really awesome photography too! https://www.thenakedwatchmaker.com/  and here you can find some of my watches; https://www.thenakedwatchmaker.com/ See you next week and have a great weekend!

Friday, September 11, 2020

GRADUATION!

 WEEK 75

Pierre Aubert, James Punshon, Jayne Zhuo
Origin : Sydney, Australia. Toulouse, France. Singapore.
Age : 38
Watchmaking class: Technician Course
Current mood: James here, for the final time! Graduation day! It came around so fast!

So sorry to be leaving! Had such an amazing experience. Wouldn't change a thing! So sad to be leaving, I'll be returning in a month for the Chronograph Short Course. Excited for that!

Final exams went well, very pleased. Never thought we'd get to the level we got to, in such a short time!

Time to venture out in to the big wide world, and find work in the industry. Hoping to set up a workshop from home and repair and restore gorgeous vintage timepieces.

Thank you Henrik and Svenja for an incredible 8 months! Will miss you both dearly! 

Until next time!

James

Hi Everyone, Jayne here! Can't believe today is our last day of school. Thanks Henrik for being the most patient teacher. The journey wasn't easy but I learned so much skills from this course. I will miss KHWCC family sooo much! T.T Looking forward to begin the next chapter of horology journey. If you want to learn watchmaking, KHWCC is the school! Farewell readers. =) 


Name: Markus McDonald.
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden. 
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: This week I continued with the gear train trial exams focusing on consistency, quality and finding new methods through experimentation to maximize time along with results. This went very well and I was able to raise my basics substantially whilst improving the efficiency of all the various tasks for the gear train module. 
Although tiring this week went very well thanks largely to the various different micro mechanics I’ve tackled.


Michael
Origin : Malaysia
Age : 28
Watchmaking class : 2 years Fullskill Program
Current Mood: Another busy week, after turning blue steel with HSS gravers now advancing to Hard Metal gravers to make pivot gauges. It is so much easier, however, the finishing seems better with HSS in a way. Looking forward to learn burnishing next week. On the other hand, Congratulations to James and Jayne for passing the technician course! Well done! Definitely going to miss both of you!



Alex
Origin : Kaohsiung, Taiwan 
Age : 27
Watchmaking : 2Y Fullskill Program
Current mood: It's been a diverse week. Learned and practiced on how to oil the winding and setting, made some tools, finally lock down the design and in the process of making the pointed nose vise. Overall a nice week!! Oh and the technicians graduated. Will sure miss them!!!


STEP 1: GRADUATION DAY! (JAYNE & JAMES)
Everybody smile!


STEP 2: PRIVATE REPAIRS! (MARKUS)
Nice vintage watches from Markus that he will repair later in the course.







STEP 3: SCHOOL WATCH! (PIERRE)




Drilled bridge holes, ready for the next step.

STEP 4: PIVOT GAUGES! (MICHAEL)
Michael progressing well with the pivot gauges.


STEP 5: CELEBRATION OF THE TECHNICIAN COURSE STUDENTS! (ALL)
Apero in the nature!







HENRIK's WORDS:

Today (Friday) was the last day for the technician course! I am very proud of their hard work and always staying so positive! It’s always a bit sad when the students leave but also great for them as a new chapter in their life begins. We wish both Jayne and James the very best continuation on their watchmaking journey. As a celebration we all went to an amazing typical Swiss farm house restaurant, which was an awesome experience as well! We will miss both of them and hope to see them later in life one way or the other! Pierre has been working a lot on his school watch and is nearing the completion of his bridges, faster than I expected! Everything else is going very well for everyone, Michael is trying out to make square holes which means he has to first make the tool for it so that he can broach a round hole into a square hole, this technique may come in handy for him later if he would one day need to make for example a ratchet wheel or sliding pinion in restoration or his own watch. See you next week and have a great weekend!

Friday, September 4, 2020

STAY CALM IT’S THE FINAL EXAM!

 

WEEK 74


HENRIK's WORDS:

 

We arrived to the final exam for the technician course therefore had no time for the blogpost this week. Its unbelievable how fast 8 month passes by! For next week we will share more interesting pictures as Pierre has done good progress on his school watch that might be interesting for you to see. See you next week and have a great weekend!


Teaser for next week;

Pierre's bridges taking shape, here the recesses on the underside of the bridges turned out in the Schaublin 70 lathe, more to come next week.