Friday, November 30, 2018

Interview from Smell of Metal launched on Youtube

Smell of Metal just launched the interview of Henrik on Youtube. Many thanks to them and please enjoy the video and know more about our teacher and school. Link:

After some basic introductions and manipulations of vintage valjoux 23, modern 7750 and module type Dubois Depraz 2020, the chronograph course come to an end. Today we introduce Breguet hairspring and doing some practice of forming the double bend. Next week we'll back to our own project and try to finish as much as possible before the winter break.

Waiting for the moment when module type chronograph Dubois Depraz 2020 engages with ETA 2801 movement.

Breguet hairspring in blue steel from Le Locle watchmaking school in the past gives us motivation!

Friday, November 23, 2018

Black Friday, Chronograph, Taster Course

    Last week we had watchmakers to join the restoration course, and they were here to learn some restoration skills and get some tips and tricks. They learn how to use the lathe to cut a wheel and also how to use a profile projector to make a missing part from the movement, gold plating, sirface finish restoration jig boring etc.
    This week we had theory for the classic chronograph, ETA 7750 chronograph, and the modular chronograph for the base movement. Before we start adjusting the movement, we made some tools to help us to do the job easily. After that,We learned how to adjust the chronograph with the Column wheel to function, and we also learned how to dissemble 7750 and the module one. The classic chronograph with the column wheel is much more beautiful compared to the other two. Learning how to make the right tension for the spring is really important and it is not easy. The components adjustment for chronograph also not an easy job, each adjustment will affect another. However, all in all, it is fun to work with chronograph movement.
    This week we had a visitor from Malaysia, Adrian. He works in a watch shop in Malaysia as a sales for few years, and now he want to learn more watchmaking skills for himself. He mention that it is really hard to find a school that he could learn the skills he wants. Finally, he found our school and came for the bench. We think he will be here soon to start his watchmaking learning life.
Hour wheel cutting

Hand filing the yoke

Shorten the normal screwdriver for the chronograph adjustment

 Add a torque drum for the screw driver

 Hand made key for Column wheel adjustment

 Classic chronograph Valjoux 22
Peak to peak (not good!)

Nice tool to check the minute jumping moment

 Replacing broken rubbed in jewel

Looking good with some cleaning up of the surface too.

Adrian visited for the taster course/bench test

Friday, November 16, 2018

It's Winter Time

Keep updating some pictures about the Biennale du Patrimoine Horloger. We have a chance to visit Greubel Forsey, to have a close insight of the factory. Also have a pleasure to talk to the watchmaker behind the watch. And later, during the conference event we have BHI watchmaker come to La Chaux-de-Fond  share some history and their experience to us. 

During the weekend, there are also watchmaking flea market in Les Fins, France and La Chaux-de-Fond Horology Museum.  Thanks Henrik to bring us to both place, so we don't miss out each one of them in our last year during school.

We had visitors from the Smell of metal, who interviewed Henrik and promoted watchmaking in their blog post.

Outside of Greubel and Forsey

The British connection

Flee market!

Smell of Metal visit and interview of Henrik

Some of our daily pictures:

tried a tip on thread removal inside of crown, thanks Horological Times! 

Filing bridges to shape

One step closer to finishing the school watch.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Weekend for Biennale du Patrimoine Horloger

This weekend there are a lot of watchmaking related events going on in Le Locle and La Chaux-de-Fonds. Including a lot of companies visting and also seminar for watchmakers. But all the companies visiting have to book pretty early, so if you miss this time you have to wait for 2 years.

We are lucky this year, we booked for Greubel Forsey, Breitling, Corum, and Girard-Perregaux. If we are allowed to take some pictures during our visit, we'll share in our blog post to everyone. :)

Today, we had visitors from Estonia who is also into the art of watchmaking they interviewed Henrik for their watchmaking blog. We also show some of our work to them to show them what we are working at during our course, next Friday we will show you some pics from this.

First day visiting Corum.

Yiting is doing research of the movement for her school watch.

Preparing tool for chronograph course.

Learning how to use Best Fit to identify the unknown caliber.

Use Jig borer to mill out screw recess of click.
Click in the Jig-Boring machine.