Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Want to be a Watchmaker for a Weekend?

Well, the good folks at Nivrel have got you covered!
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Here's the scoop, straight from the source -

In our watchmaking course and seminar, you will not only receive an insight into the fascinating world of a watchmaker: you will learn the basics about mechanical watches and their complications, about mechanical movements in detail, and to understand and build your individual NIVREL timepiece under the guidance of one of our master watchmakers! 
In our professional course room, each participant receives his own work bench with own tools and professional lighting. The courses are designed to provide maximum care of the participants and are therefore limited to a maximum of 5 participants per weekend. This ensures that there is always enough time for questions and answers for each participant during the seminar days and maximum technical assistance can be provided when building your watch.

On the first day of the seminar we dive deep into the tradition of the NIVREL company and the Kraemer jewelry store and take you on a journey to 1891 and back. Thus you will already know the basic principles of classical craftsmanship in the watch and jewelry industry and learn a lot about the working methods and techniques of our watchmakers and goldsmiths.
After the lunch break we will get down to serious business. We will deal with the technical design of mechanical movements and learn about different types of movements and mechanical complications. Discussing the construction plan of a mechanical movement caliber ETA Unitas 6497-1 the participants will get to know all the single parts of the watch movement that will be assembled later on.
In the last course block of the first day, each participant will disassemble his own movement into all single parts under strong guidance of the specialist.
Armed with the knowledge of the first day's sessions we start on the morning of the second day with the assembly of the NIVREL Replique Manuelle. The morning will be devoted entirely to the assembly of the watch movement. Under the guidance of our master watchmaker each seminar participants puts together his own movement and checks his working results together with the watchmaker. This course block ends with the fine regulation (the precise time setting) of the movement and with the setting of the dial and hands.
In the afternoon of the second day the seminar comes into the home stretch. Seminar participants will learn about the design of the watch case with its different items. The movement will be combined with dial and hands and assembled into the watch case. After setting the crown the single functions of the watch can be checked. In addition to reviewing the position of hands, checking the cleanness of the watch and the general functionality, each participant performs an accuracy test by using an electronical timing devise. A water resistance test will be carried out as well.
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At the end of the seminar the participants assemble the bracelet and the corresponding buckle. The watchmaker inspects your individual timepiece and issues the warranty certificate for your masterpiece. At appr. 4.00 p.m. of the second day we conclude our seminar. The NIVREL team will continue to be at your disposal for all the professional and personal questions you may have.

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