I am a qualified architect and industrial designer. My final project for the masters program in industrial design was related to time. I spent countless hours pouring over the wonderful books on horology in the institute library researching my project. I think that is where my love for mechanical timekeeping was born. Later I discovered ebay and English fusee watches. With no one to fix them here I learnt how to do it myself.
Interview with Aditya Sambhare and his Love for Skeleton Watches
Interview with Electronic Musical Instrument Restorer and Horologist Ron Lebar
I have always been fascinated by the concept of time. We know almost nothing about it, we do not know if it even exists. It is obviously not the 'fourth dimension' as it is so often called. Time. We can not measure it, we can not travel through it, we can not exert any control over it. All we can do is record its passing, with ever greater accuracy.
Swiss ETA Watch Movement Parts List with Images
I thought it might be useful to list down the Swiss ETA watch parts together with an image for reference. I know from personal experience that whenever I have attended a watch making course the experienced tutors are able to recite each watch part number from memory.
Interview with Clock Maker and Restorer Ray Bates
My High School Science teacher was a watch collector and thought I'd be a good candidate for an apprenticeship opening at R.L.Christie in Edinburgh where he had his watches maintained. I took the opportunity and served a 5 year apprenticeship as a watch and clock maker.
Glass Engraving. How to Achieve a 3D Effect and Fine Detail To Fur And Feathers
Alan Sinclair demonstrates the use of different tools to create a 3D effect to your glass engraving. The precise fur and feather detail Alan achieves on his glass engravings are down to his own technique, read on to find out more and how you too can enhance your engravings with these helpful hints and tool tips.
Jordan Renaud's life and studies in Antiquarian Clockmaking & Conservation
It's been 25 years since I first started working with clocks as a profession. Prior to that it was a hobby and a passion. A few cuckoos and Korean junk in the early days rather quickly made me realise I had better look into going with my interest in old English work sooner than later.
Interview with Self Taught Watchmaker Mike Cardew
My interest in clocks and watches began when I was very young, maybe 7-8? I used to stand next to my father who repaired the watches of various work colleagues. He would generally do this on a Sunday morning and then would go into Birmingham the following Saturday morning for any parts he required.
Interview with Johannes a Clock Maker from Norway
A big and interesting project was a decimal clock. It was a part of an exhibition, and it works very well with specially made Smith of Derby motors and electronics. The “problem” was to teach students to read this clock. 10 hours a day is difficult to learn, but it is very practical in time calculation.
12 Essential Tools for your Watch Repair Kit
Watchmaking and watch repair is a very exciting profession but with a huge selection of watch tools on the market it is very easy to get confused or even carried away.
I thought it may be helpful to list down some of the most essential watch repair tools that any serious horologist should purchase as a bare minimum to get them started and add to their watch repair kit.
Interview with Margot May Glass Engraving
Having recently won the cold glass section of the Royal Easter Show in Sydney Australia, Margot Thigpen of Margot May Designs is one of the few U.S based Glass Engravers. With skilled training and discipline she has developed into diverse areas of her work. Here we showcase some of Margot's intaglio engraving work and chat to her about her business and her future hopes for the art of glass engraving.