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Category Archives: watchmaking

Talking Watchmaking Schools on Off Hours

Recently, I started a podcast alongside silversmith and guilloché expert, Chris Manning. In Episode 4 of the show we touched on the subject of watchmaking schools. The range of schools and other avenues of study we spoke about was far from exhaustive, but sparked a surprising amount of interest, as well as suggestions from listeners […]

The George Daniels Co-Axial Escapement

The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute has begun releasing historical videos and lectures on their youtube channel. The latest is a lecture by George Daniels presented at the 30th Anniversary of AWI in 1990.

Making Hands at Urban Jürgensen

The fine folks over at Monochrome Watches recently posted a behind the scenes look at what goes into crafting the hands that grace the face of some of Urban Jürgensen’s timepieces. It’s well worth a look. You can catch the full article here. As an interesting point of comparison, below is a video captured by […]

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?

Stem Extraction

Magnetism is typically the arch-nemesis of a mechanical watch. However, there are times that a powerful magnet can prove valuable in a watchmaker’s work. Here’s a quick timesaving tip that employs a strong, neodymium magnet to extract a broken fragment of a winding stem, from an otherwise perfectly functional watch, without needing to take any […]

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 […]

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 […]