Friday, April 16, 2021

NEW BLOOD!

  WEEK 106

Willy, Yuriy, Alex, Michael
Origin : Singapore, Canada, Taiwan, Malaysia 
Watchmaking class: Technician & Fullskill 
Current mood: Greetings, lovely people! The activities between technicians and Fullskills are starting to diverge. The technicians are having their trial exams for their version of the hairspring exam which both of them get a strong pass!! Meanwhile, the Fullskills carry on moving towards their version of the exam. Needless to say, it's another week of endless tasks, sucking the life force out of all of us like an ever-hungry blackhole. Cheers~


Renato & David
Origin: Zug, Zürich, Switzerland
Watchmaking class: Fullskill
Current mood: David joined this week (welcome!), I (Renato) already freshly started last week. We're both busy with creating various watchmaking tools, most of which will also be graded. Lots of filing and measuring taking place. Developing and experimenting with the best techniques to get the pieces to measure. This will be important later when under more time pressure. Funny, how far one can dive into details at steps that (at first glance) seem simple. Precisely filing corners and edges to measure is just one example... so many different files and customized tools to explore. In short: many things to learn and we're certainly looking forward to it!!


Name: Markus McDonald.
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden. 
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: 
This week I focused on the trail exam for the hairspring and timing section.
This went a lot better than last week as I was able to more efficently tie everything together compared to the first trial, additionally I found my performance to be a lot more efficent than last time taking less time for certain parts and being able to improve certain actions. This made this a good week but incredibly intensive. 


STEP 1:  NEW FULLSKILL STUDENT! (DAVID)
David arrived from Zürich enjoying the tool making!



STEP 2:  EXTRACTING THE STOCK MATERIAL! (RENATO & DAVID)
Before making the tools the material needs to be extracted.
One very long 8 mm thick brass bar ready for further sizing.
Renato sawing the stock to more manageable size.



STEP 3:  NEW TRADITION! (RENATO)
Renato had a great idea and offered to bring one of his watchmaking books each week for everyone to enjoy and learn more. Great idea!!



STEP 4:  ANGLES! (RENATO)
Renato measuring the angles on one of his tools.


STEP 5:  2ND PINNING! (ALEX & MICHAEL)
Michael checking his 2nd pinning point, inner and outer pinning points should align within 10°.



STEP 6:  STUDDING UP, REGULATING CURVE & DOUBLE BEND! (ALEX & MICHAEL)
After the 2nd pinning, Alex and Michael learn how to stud up the hairspring as well as how to form the regulating curve to a radial shape from spiral and separating the body of the hairspring from the regulating curve with a double bend.



STEP 7:  TUNING TOOLS! (YURIY)


Yuriy got some time in between trial exams and upgraded the spring of his escapement meter and also the gear bearings he upgraded with jewels, to reduce friction and make it more sensitive.



HENRIK's WORDS:


Busy week! David from Zürich in Switzerland joined the Fullskill class which was very nice to see! The technicians continue with hairsprings and had 2 trial exams both went very well! Probably next week they will do the real one. Michael and Alex learn how to do the 2nd pinning and also towards the end of the week they learn how to do the studding up, regulating curve and double bend. Markus continue with another trial exam and is getting closer to the real one. Renato had a great idea to start a new tradition; he will weekly bring a new book from his watch book collection for everyone to enjoy and get inspiration from! Thank you Renato! Although it was an intense week it was also very enjoyable!  Have a great weekend everyone!

Friday, April 9, 2021

NEW ARRIVAL!

 WEEK 105

Willy, Yuriy, Alex, Michael
Origin : Singapore, Canada, Taiwan, Malaysia 
Age: n. a.
Watchmaking class: Technician & Fullskill 
Current mood: Busy week for all of us, we had a new student this week, Renato. We did some theory lecture regarding the effect of external influences on isochronism and on the period of oscillation. However, the Fullskill will be having a different hairspring exam which requires counting/vibrating the hairspring with ‘Master Lüthy’ the hairspring vibrating tool, second pinning and studding up next week.



Renato
Origin :Zug, Switzerland
Watchmaking class: Fullskill
Current mood:


Name: Markus McDonald.
Origin: Stockholm, Sweden. 
Course: 2 years full skill course.
Current mode: 
This week I started the final preperation’s for the hairspring and timing exam.
Since the balance, hairspring and timing section is such a big section with many sub sections and disciplines it was neccesary to prepare and go through each sub section thouroughly.
This went well as I was able to go through each section succesfully, being able to make the various complicated adjustments such as poising, vibrating and hairspring adjustments such as the regulating curve and double bend relatively easily. Although these sections went well the overall preperation was neccesary as certain small areas such as the set up was a bit rusty making this week a neccesity and good week in preperation for the exam.


STEP 1:  NEW FULLSKILL STUDENT! (RENATO)
Our new Fullskill student Renato enjoying the filing.


STEP 2:  VIBRATING/COUNTING! (TECHNICIAN)
In order to find the right frequency (18000 Vibrations per hour) we use this tool to compare our oscillator to a master oscillator under it, if they stay synchronized it is the same frequency as the master.


STEP 3:  HAIRSPRINGS! (TECHNICIAN)
Yuriy tweaking a hairspring in the movement for timing purpose.


STEP 4:  HERRLI! (ALL)
We had an amazing visist last Saturday at Herrli's in Bienne/Biel!
Watchmaker Lathes!








Mind boggling how much stuff there is!!



Thank you so much Maurizio for opening up Herrli the amazing watchmakers dream tool & part store!



HENRIK's WORDS:


This week was short of one day due to Easter. Renato from Zug in Switzerland joined the Fullskill class which was very nice to see! On Saturday we had the rare opportunity to visit Maurizio who has Herrli in Bienne, he opened up extra for us despite the Easter weekend, Thank you!! The Technicians continue with hairsprings and are now approaching the exam, we will most likely do the first practice exams next week. Michael and Alex learn the vibrating/counting of the oscillator (balance and hairspring). Markus did his first trial balance and hairspring, timing exam this week, Rather intense week but very fun!  Have a great weekend everyone! 

Thursday, April 1, 2021

FAREWELL PIERRE!

 WEEK 104

Big congratulations to Pierre for passing the final exam!!!

HENRIK's WORDS:

 

Today marked Pierre’s last day here in our school, we will surely miss him a lot as he always gave a positive and warm feel to the school atmosphere! Pierre did extremely well as a student with us and I am very happy for his accomplishments! He is always speaking highly of the school and has always helped out to make sure we are seen through our school Instagram and is always very helpful and kind to everyone! We will all truly miss Pierre and hope he will settle in well in Holland with the amazing Grönefeld Horological Brothers and enjoy life and work there. I am certainly hoping Pierre will not forget us and come and visit us next time he is in Switzerland. Farewell Pierre and I hope to see you soon again to share ideas and here your new experiences. Have a great Easter weekend everyone!