Friday, August 30, 2013

Wheel making !

Charles on the lathe.

No. Wheel making is actually fun. Discount Kevin's expression.

A sign of the times. Wheel made.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

He is quiet ...

Its not everyday our quietest student in Henrik's class takes pictures of his work. Looks good Kevin ! Talk more please !

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Something from Joe

We grabbed this from Joseph's facebook page and its an old picture. But its still his handwork.

Apparently, the "trend" is that we don't show unfinished work because people ( that means YOU ! ) might mis-interpret this as the standard of work which we are promoting. Hey, since the start of the school and since we started our social media outreach, we have one thing to say. If you have to post a picture, and its something unfinished, say so. From what we gather, its now a trend set by a one or two watch ateliers that they show their raw pieces. Why ? To show that their components were made from scratch and not from a mass-production capable CNC machine. We hear it alot from many many experienced watchmakers/"watchmakers" not to show unfinished pieces as well. Myth debunked. Go to google and search for pictures of unfinished components. The trend seems to be growing since with raw components, a true blue classical watchmaker/part maker is now able to justify their prices and support their hardwork with REAL evidence.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Some holiday bits

Black Powder Coating

Before coating

Henrik needed some me time during the annual Watchmaker's holiday and he experimented with powder coating. He has these posted on his facebook page but hey, not everyone has Facebook ! Take a look here !

Monday, August 19, 2013

Strategies and Tactics

Sometimes, we come across articles on google while we are searching for something watchmaking. It might not be related to watchmaking but from the journey we took to arrive at where we are, sometimes what these articles present can be pretty useful. In retrospect, maybe we should have heeded some advice.

Anyway, the article can be found here :

On plain sight, the title of the article sounds like its totally and wholly nothing to do with watchmaking. Its got to do with communication plans but read on about the part on tactics and strategy and about being over-ambition.

How many times had we come up with grand plans and then fail at it totally ? Plenty !

How many times did we feel so disappointed because nothing went to plan and then we mope about it for days ? Many many times.

Think about it. For our students and eventual graduants, what do you want to achieve after the programme is done ? Think about what the article has to offer and the lessons it is trying to convey.

Friday, August 16, 2013

FullSkill Applicant Update : South East Asia

Dear applicants and potential applicants to our FullSkill Watchmaking Course in the following countries :

Hong Kong

We are proud to be able to provide a first contact for applications.

Due to the high costs involved in coming to Switzerland and timezone differences, we recommend applicants from Asia to get in contact with us at the school and ask to speak to our Asian contact. Our representative is able to furnish information about the course , conduct interviews and advise on many aspects of coming to the Korpela and Hofs Watchmaking School in Le Locle.

Email us at to reach our contact.