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Monthly Archives: August 2008


I have taken the time to write about the American Watchmakers Clockmakers Institute’s Watchmaker Certification for the 21st Century but not about the organization itself. I guess it could be because I didn’t know a whole lot myself. Having just returned from their annual convention I feel I know a bit more about the organization. […]

Canada’s National School of Horology

If there’s one thing I’ve learnt about this industry since stepping behind the red curtain, it’s that it’s not all that the glossed horological PR front makes it out to be. I have had a number of disappointing revelations about my trade since I first set out to become a watchmaker, and my school was […]

Introducing a new contributor

The following post will be the first post from a new contributor to this site. He is a watchmaker, the creator of AllianceHorlogere, the wikipedia for watchmaking, and a graduate of Canada’s National School of Horology. I hope you will all give him a warm welcome. Bienvenue!

Ball Peen Hammer

Here’s a tool I learned how to use from a jeweler. The Ball peen hammer is very useful for forming rivets. I use it whenever I need to replace a worn rivet in a watch bracelet. This is a useful skill which should be taught in watchmaking school but is not. It is especially common […]

AWCI Convention

I just spent 4 days talking watches from 7am to 11pm. It was fantastic! It was the first time I had attended the AWCI Convention and it was even better than I had expected. It is truly amazing to be surrounded by professional watchmakers (and clockmakers) who work in magnificent situations. Even before going to […]