Friday, January 26, 2018

SIHH 2018, Visitor, shock absorbers, and Movement assembly

 Last week was SIHH 2018, and Yi Ting and Stan went there to join this big event for watchmakers and watchlovers. This is our first time to join this kind of event. In the SIHH, the more interesting section for us is some indenpendent watchmaker brand. For this small brand, they normaly  dont have as many as different calibers or models than the big brands, but they always show the amazing hand-finishing and unique innovative design for the movement. Hence, these indenpent brands more attract our attention. We will certainly come back next year.
    This week,We change to white coat as a real watchmaker,and we learned a lot new stuff. We learned how to oil the shockabsorber and disassamble and assamble the ETA movement. Both are new and challenging for us. By doing these things, we feel we are closer to the real watchmaker, and it feels great. Really excited for the upcoming challenges.

Felix practicing shock absorber manipulation

Disassembly, oiling and assembly of shock absorbers.

Practice movements for all.
We also got visitors, to the left Julien working for Laurent Ferrier  and his friend Maëlle (right) who is studying watchmaking in Bretagne, France, both super passionate about watchmaking and we wish both of them the best watchmaking experiences for the future. Its really cool for us to meet the real people in this industry we feel very lucky!
Taking notes about safety when using special screw disolving acids.
One click screw broke by over tightening it in the barrel bridge so we had to also learn how to cook it out with a special solution called vissin, this acid does not disolve the brass bridge but only the steel screw, genious!

Friday, January 19, 2018

The begining of the watch course!

We officially step into the watch course of this two year program this week. Starting from introduction of time concept and basic movement structure. Also, very important, like graver to lathe, before disaasemble movement we have learn how to maintain screwdrivers. Screwdriver is usually made from blue steel and should be properly maintained every day after daily work. If not, we may scratch the movement badly. Which is really not something you want to be doing.

This week is also SIHH 2018, some of the classmates visited the show and we will update some pictures next week.

We are finally using the theory room to learn some theory course. Sif looks fade out. haha...

CJ maintain his screwdrivers. We have to prepare 24 Henrik certified screwdrivers for later use.

Some of Sifs finished screwdrivers.

Yi Ting black polishing screws.

Stan black polishing screws.

Tripod from Stan, treated with black rhodium in main body and red gold in screw head.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Happy New Year!

We are back from Christmas holiday and the time has started to fly again, we feel like we just arrived back but already one school week has passed.
On our first week back we mostly continued our previous tasks while we settle back in to our routine. however many interesting tasks await as the second year curriculum starts next week.


beveling is one of the more satisfying jobs to do.

Stan making screws

CJ doing the frosting on bridges.