|Shuai checking the trueness of the crown|
|Tomas setting hands|
This week the students learned how to do the finishing touches to a touch aside from the movement. First they were taught how to correctly shorten a winding stem from brand new stems, which are usually excessively long. Once shortened and the crown fitted, they must true the crown to the stem and the watch.
|Simone making the hands aligned|
|Learning how the pressure testing machine works|
Next the students moved on to hand setting, specifically, the setting of the hands for quartz calendar watches, quartz chronograph, and mechanical chronographs. Hand setting is extremely important because it is what the customer sees. Bad hand setting results in tardiness or wrong date readings.
Once these steps have been accomplished, encasing is to be done. In encasing, cleanliness is a must. No dust or grease may remain on the dial, dial indexes, hands, or crystal. One technique doesn't work for eveything, therefore many different styles were taught to our students.
|Hands before repainting|
|Hands after repainting|
On Thursday, Bergeon came to the school to showcase their new products. There were some interesting products that came in the perfect time for the encasing lessons, such as the black mats, sticky tipped sticks, cleaning cloths, and micro fiber cloths. Bergeon even gave the school many samples to try out!
|Bergeon showing the students the new products of this year|
|Free loot from Bergeon|