This was a very special event: With two friends I went to West Switzerland, to the ‘Vallée de Joux’ to make our own watch. The watchmaker Olivier Piguet from the ‘Centre d’Initiation à l’Horologerie’ http://www.olivierpiguet.ch/en/index.html offers 2-day courses to learn how to make a watch.
Day 1 is all about the history of watchmaking the valley and understanding the fundamentals of the watch. Then we dove right in and – with Olivier’s guidance – disassembled and then re-assembled a ‘trial’ movement. In the evening of day 1 it’s time to select the parts that will form your own unique timepiece. There is a wide variety of housings, movements, watch-hands – and of course bands.
Day 2 is all about bringing your own watch to life! Disassemble the movement, clean, re-assemble and oil it (unbelievable 4 different oils are to be placed on different parts of the watch, all applied with a needle-thin pin – believe me, that was one of the most difficult tasks). Then the crown needs to be cut to the right length and attached to the movement. Then it’s time to adjust the speed of the movement. Lasts steps are to close and check whether everything is clean or the housing needs to be opened one more time. Attach the band – and voilà: my very own, unique watch is ready to impress!