Origin: Stockholm, Sweden.
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: This week started with recovering from a cold that I had caught over the weekend thankfully not Covid. This was an unfortunate inconvenience as it got in the way of potential work I wanted to do. Fortunately I was able to recover quickly and get back to work and I was able to finish off several 6498 hairsprings in preparation for the timing section, making this week better than it could of been.
New Subject! This week we started the balance and hairspring course, The students first learn different technics how to safely remove the hairsprings and double rollers from the balance before extracting the broken balance staffs, they also learn different technics how to remove the staff without damaging the balance, after that they learn how to rivet back new ones in the staking set, as well as checking concentricity of balance, condition of rivet and pivots, as well as truing the balance in the flat. Markus finish several of his hairsprings and will soon start doing timing on them. Pierre was repairing and overhauling a lot of watches this week to get ready for his final exam starting next Friday. In between the balance work, Yuriy continued to practice restoring mainplates with worn barrel and center wheel bushings. I also show how to use the genius Bestfit catalogue to find the calibre of the watch in order to be able to order the right spare part for vintage watches. This Saturday we will get the opportunity to visit Mr. Simonin again, unfortunately we cannot all go due to the restrictions, but we will certainly go another time soon again. Have a great weekend everyone!