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The Wonders of Switzerland- BSoW Factory Visits 2013

One of the many benefits of studying at the British School of Watchmaking is the week long trip to Switzerland that is organised each year for the second year students. The trip affords the students the privilege of visiting the manufacturing sites of some of the industries best known brands and the opportunity to experience […]

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Frédéric Piguet & The Ultra-Thin Chronograph: Calibre 1180

Having now worked on a few different chronograph movements we had the opportunity to experience a high end mechanical chronograph, the Frédéric Piguet calibre 1180. They first released this ultra-thin hand wound chronograph caliber in 1987. With a total height of just 3.95 millimetres it was, at the time of its release, the thinnest chronograph […]

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My First Experience of a Rolex Movement- 3035 Full Service

I am now in the final stretch of the WOSTEP course and preparation for our final exams in July has begun. The final exams involve a written element and a practical element. The written element is theory paper that will test our knowledge and understanding of horology however it mainly focuses on the technical aspects […]

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School Watch 6498- First Experiment with Geneva Stripes

I’ve mentioned in the past that I planned to decorate the bridges of my school watch with the traditional Geneva Stripes finish and I’ve finally discovered a method that works! The Geneva Stripes finish, also known as Côtes de Genève, is a series of arc-grained bars etched lightly onto a highly polished surface, which in […]