Origin: Stockholm, Sweden.
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: This week i finished the neccesary preperations for the hairspring and started the timing.
Amazing week! We got winter back in full swing! Today (Friday) we even had -10°C freezing cold in the morning! We finished all the riveting, static poising and truing exercises this week and had some time to learn how to pin up the hairsprings on the collet including practicing making them flat and centered around the collet, certainly a delicate task when doing it for the first time. Even though there are only two concepts/rules for correcting flatness and the same for centering, it can still be very tricky to understand how to make the good corrections due to that the hairspring is spiral shaped and the correction with fine tweezers is very delicate and can easily damage the hairspring. We will spend some good time on the hairsprings, leading us in the direction of the really interesting timing course!
Pierre had his oral and theoretical final examination today and next week he will do his practical, can’t believe he will only be with us for another 2 weeks and then he is off to Holland! Markus finished all his hairspring exercises and started the timing course; he is soon ready to start with his trial balance/hairspring and timing exams, very happy for him to reach that level!
Even though we were only allowed to go 3 to visit Mr. Simonin due to the Covid situation, it was still a great experience and we got a big bag full of books with us and even some small hand tools for Yuriy and Willy.
Also I got a nice Patek silver cased pocket watch for an overhaul, which I used to show the difference between modern mass manufactured movements and high grade vintage movement such as that Patek, the amount of detail is a feast for our eyes! (even a lot of it is there for pride of workmanship!) Have a great weekend everyone!