Friday, March 31, 2017

Spring Cleaning, Basel World and Goodbyes

This week the students had the final inventory and cleaning of the machines, tools and school premises to do, making the school sparkle again for the next group to come on the 10th of April. A trip to the Basel World was the next event of the week, and finally ending the week in a very special restaurant with amazing food and final goodbyes. Enjoy the pictures of the week below.

Below: Theren and Tomas doing the inventory and cleaning of tools and machines.

 Below: All the students and staff enjoying the very special restaurant

 Below: Various pictures from this years Basel World, some very exciting things to look at this year.

Friday, March 17, 2017


Theren, Tomas and Simone started their final exam this Friday with the oral and theoretical and will continue the practical part throughout next week. Wish them all the best of luck!

Meanwhile Shuai and Eddie moved to workshop 2 and are continuing to work on their school watches and various repairs.

Theren assembling and adjusting a 7750 movement one final time before the exam.

Simone searching for defects also in the 7750 chronograph movement. 

Tomas assembling the 7750 from the cleaning basket.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Last week before Finals!

Movements for Henrik to check

Simone oiling his 7001

Theren doing final encasing practice

Tomas adjusting the hairspring on his 7001
It is the last week for three of our student until the big day...Finals.
Theren, Tomas, and Simone have been practicing hard on their school movements, which have to be perfectly serviced to Henrik's standards (which is not too easy).
They will start with the theory exam next Friday, so wish them luck!

Tomas polishing a caseback for practice
Besides the usual work, Henrik has taught the last lesson KHWCC has to offer, and that would be case polishng.  Case polishing may not be a watchmaker's job per say anymore, but to make a complete watchmaker the students should have some experience with all aspects of the SAV.
Eddie turning a wheel

Shuai parting off the wheel

Shuai and Eddie on the other hand will be moving to the second class room next week to allow the test takers maximum focus for the finals.  While in the class room they will continue to work on their school watches.  Eddie has made a couple of prototype wheels while Shuai has been working on a detent escape wheel.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Just Encase

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