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Author Archives: Jordan Ficklin

I am the owner and principal contributor of this blog. I am also the head watchmaker at Beauchamp Jewelers in Albuquerque, NM and a member of the board of directors of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute.

Support Watchmaking & Clockmaking Education

Have you ever struggled to find a watchmaker or clockmaker? There is a huge need for watchmakers and clockmakers in the United States right now. You can be a part of the solution by supporting the AWCI Education-Library-Museum Trust. 2016 AWCI ELM Trust Fundraiser Dinner Eaglewood Resort & Spa September 30, 2016 Itasca, IL The […]

BaselWorld 2016

Basel World 2016 began today. If you follow other watch blogs and forums you have been inundated with pictures of beautiful timepieces. There is so much more to Basel World than the latest watches. If you are looking for some behind the scenes videos and pictures from a Vaucher factory tour and from areas like […]

Genuine or Generic Parts – You be the judge

On the Left is a generic automatic axle made in the U.S. for a popular high end brand. On the right is a genuine axle for the same caliber. Which one do you want in your watch? The one that is polished, round, with a shoulder to retain the oil, or the one that isn’t?

Watchmaking is like Craft Beer

Did I grab your attention? I probably did. Let me start by saying I don’t know the first thing about brewing beer, or drinking it for that matter, but I heard an intriguing story on NPR this morning which pushed me towards drawing this connection. The story is about how Aspiring craft brewers hit the […]

Apple Watch

You probably heard. Today Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the coming of the Apple Watch and I am incredibly excited. You can learn more about this game changing product by visiting http://www.apple.com/watch/ Even as a watchmaker who loves all things mechanical I am extremely attracted to this watch. I think that Apple once again has […]

Have the brand sponsored boutiques changed the customer service experience?

Way back in June 2011 Nichols Hayek Jr told Joe Thompson of WatchTime magazine in an interview that U.S. watch retailing was amongst the worst in the U.S. http://swisswatchwire.com/2011/05/in-an-extraordinarily-frank-interview-with-joe-thompson-in-the-june-2011-edition-of-watchtime-swatch-group-ceo-nick-hayek-j.html He proposed a change in the customer’s experience with more knowledgeable sales people and fewer discounts in brand sponsored boutiques. This week I am in Las […]

Dear Mr. Watchmaker

To quote The Beach Boys, “Wouldn’t It Be Nice?” October 15, 1962 Dear Mr. Watchmaker: On October 31st, Elgin National Watch Company, Cas-Ker Company and the E. & J. Swigart Company will present a Technical Symposium in Cincinnati, Ohio. The meeting will take place at the Cincinnati Club and is scheduled to begin at 8:00 […]

Why You Should Use Genuine Parts

A watchmaker’s reputation for skilled workmanship is his most valuable asset. By paying too litle for cheap, imitation parts he can lose his reputation. Be sure you guard your reputation for good work by using parts that you know will be satisfactory. The manufacturers know they need to supply us with genuine parts. They have […]

Really cool poster

Not too long ago I shared a really cool watch poster from the Hamilton Watch Company. Now you all have a chance to own your very own poster from ESA. Click on the image below to purchase this poster from AWCI and support the future of watchmaking in the United States.

Tourbillon Model

What students at the Lititz Watch Technicum have been up to: I wish I had made one of these. I love this stuff.