Monday, June 23, 2014

Caring for tools

One of the attributes of a great watchmaker is that he takes good care of his screwdrivers, and that he can sharpen them efficiently when they are becoming risky to use. The students spent 2 weeks only sharpening screwdrivers, by hand and without any helping tools. It takes a lot of practice - and blood, sweat and tears - to be able to do this and screwdriver sharpening free hand is also a great way to maintain the micro-mechanical skills the students have acquired.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Frosting on watch movement bridges

One of our student’s is doing frosting. Frosting is an old technique to decorate parts like bridges. It has become fashionable recently. The most exclusive brands actually use it. Our lucky student is learning this technique.  Many tricks have to be known to master it.

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Student's from IJKK-Watchmaker school from Finland

Two students from IJKK-Watchmaker school from Finland visited K&H for a Swiss watchmaking practice stint just before they graduate.

Our Finnish colleagues have good ground training in micromechanics, which is a core skill that boosts workmanship quality in watchmaking. This comes from their strong base in clock making.
We wish them the best for their career, and hope to hear from them sometime in the future.

 Here are the photos:

 Starting a movement assembly exercise.


  Careful look in the finer points, such as end-shake adjustment... 

And meticulous oiling and lubrication during assembly.