Friday, November 11, 2022


 WEEK 188

Team A

Origin: Sweden, The Philippines & Taiwan
Name: Daniel, Miguel, & David
Watchmaking class: Fullskill
Current mood:

This week, we practiced more filing and we learned how to use the drill press to make practice pieces for our balance bridge holder, the plate for our pressfit exercise and how to tap the holes to make screw threads.

We also had an introduction and demonstration of how to use the Pantograph for engraving and also an explanation of how to use it to make watch parts.


Team B

Origin: Japan/Switzerland & Canada
Name: Tetsu & Dean
Watchmaking class: Fullskill 
Current mood:

This week, (07~11 November) Dean & Tetsu continued their pivot gauge turning and burnishing.
The target is to produce 13 pivot gauges at 0.01mm  intervals between φ0.20 and φ0.08 and an extra piece for the exam.
So far, none of them has been completed, but the guys are slowly getting there.
It is not at all an easy task, so step by step…
On Friday, Henrik gave all the students a pantograph introduction.
After some more practice, everybody will have the possibility of making multiple parts and engravings from drawings, sketches, patterns, etc.
We wish you all a nice weekend! 
Dean & Tetsu

Team C
Origin: Switzerland, Norway & USA
Name: Renato, David, Francesco, Åsmund & Robert
Watchmaking class: Fullskill 
Current mood:

Hello everyone,
Another week went by pretty fast - me, Robert and Francesco had a lesson on jewels adjustment. 
We went quite deep into jewel tribology and the evolution of jewels, which is really great because you get a wide knowledge about its functions and purpose in the movement. I think that’s important to know to be able to fully understand servicing, restoration and even production. 
Today(Friday) we had a another lesson about how to use the pantograph, I know several of us has been impatient to learn about this machine. Since it’s a great way to produce parts for production and restoration, even though it’s an engraving machine. And of course we learned how to engrave as well 😄 
I guess we’ll be doing some milling with the pantograph in the near future when we get some extra time outside of the technician course. 
So stay tuned for some pictures! 
Have a great weekend everyone! 


Team D

Origin: Finland
Name: Xinying
Watchmaking class: Technician
Current mood:

This week I finnished rest of the Incablocs and kept practicing oiling and assembling winding and setting mechanism for different movements. Had a lot of repetition and I am getting more comfortable with different movements. Also had a little bit theory about barrel spring too. All in all week went really fast and I am enjoying my time here.



Most of us went to the international watchmaking museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds to get some watches, watchmaking tools and books!


Everyone got introduced to the Pantograph engraving machine!


Dean & Renato submitted some watches for repair!


Got this in the flea market for the school library!



We had several very sunny days this week, really nice!! Most of us went to the Musée international d'horlogerie as each year they have a flee market there, Everyone got introduced to the pantograph machine which is capable of engraving but also to mill out watch parts with!  Xin continued with winding and setting mechanisms incablocs! Miguel, David, and Daniel got introduced and practiced also drilling and tapping! Renanto and David finished the escapement course and worked on their own watches! Tetsu and Dean continued with pivot gauges! Francesco, Asmund and Robert learn about jewelled bearings and how to adjust endshakes! It was a very fine week!  Have a great weekend everyone!

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