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Monthly Archives: January 2012

Tuesday Tools – What is it?

Ok, this time I didn’t put any clues in the filename, but you probably won’t need it. What is it?

Guardians of Time & Tradition

A short interview with the highly esteemed, master watchmaker, Philippe Dufour, debuted today on TheTImeTV, detailing some of the plans that lie ahead for an initiative he has been spearheading alongside Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey of Greubel-Forsey. Their ambition with the project is simply this: to demonstrate and archive all of the necessary skills [...]

The burden of being a watchmaker

This afternoon I read the following line in Malcom Gladwell’s book What the Dog Saw: And Other Adventures When Bulova wanted a name for their new quartz watch, Tinker suggested Accutron. It’s a fascinating book. I’m loving it, but I need to set the record straight: The Bulova Accutron is not a quartz watch, it [...]

Tuesday Tools – What is it?

It has been a while since we’ve done Tuesday Tools but since I now have a garage full of new tools we’ll kick things off a day late with a “What is it?” Segment. Take a good look at the picture below. (Click on it for more detail) What is it? And how would one [...]

To oil or not to oil . . .

That is the question when talking about pallet arbors. I was trained in the tradition that unless you are dealing with an extremely humid climate and a dust-proof case then the answer is no, you don’t oil pallet arbors. You really want the pallet arbor to be as free as possible to rock back and [...]

A Watchmaker’s Estate

I recently acquired the estate of a deceased watchmaker. The estate came with a nice Boley lathe with a pretty nice set of collets. At long last I have a lathe at home, now if only I can find time to use it. I didn’t even have to buy a Chinese lathe. It also came [...]