Thank you and contratulations!

Sep 21, 2018,15:00 PM

Dear Bjoern,

your post is nothing less than extraordinary.
I was particularly impressed by one point: the infinite care Mr. Gerber puts in every single aspect. This is definitely the proof of the uniqueness of the Man and the Master.
Three years ago I've visited Mr. Gerber's workshop and, among other stunning things, we discussed about the Uhrenkurs, so I can imagine how exciting and unforgettable these three days were.
Again, thank you and congratulations.


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Paul Gerber: Amateur Watchmaking with the Master

 By: BjoernM21 : September 20th, 2018-01:05
“Initiation Courses” have become very popular within the watch industry. Almost every manufactory visit is interrupted by a workshop to give visitors the illusion of being watchmakers. With me, this illusion vanished quickly, even when dressed in a white ...  

Thank you

 By: ant : September 20th, 2018-01:28
for a wonderful and illuminating posting. It inspired me to try to go on one of these courses. I enjoyed reading the whole post (rare for me). Your depth of knowledge and modesty are an example to us all. The pics were excellent. All-in-all it ranks as on... 

Thank you

 By: info146 : September 20th, 2018-01:55
I love posts like these! Thank you for taking the time to share this.

Thank you

 By: Alt-Chrono : September 20th, 2018-01:58
Thanks for the great write up! Aleays great to see finishing skills by the masters of horology

Excellent post

 By: nwk00 : September 20th, 2018-02:40
This is probably the most in depth course I have seen so far, short of a full degree course. Thanks for sharing. BTW the course what language was the course conducted in?

Paul Gerber instructs in German

 By: BjoernM21 : September 20th, 2018-02:46
because he feels not at ease doing it in English. But there are courses with English speaking participants, with at least one "mixed-in" who can do all the translations. Thanks also for your kind comment.

Dear Bjoern,

 By: skyeriding : September 20th, 2018-02:44
Your writing has always been a pleasure to read - this one however I find is especially exceptional. I think only a handful of people can truly claim to have a personal watchmaking session with an experienced master to this level of depth. The insights pr... 

My 'educated' guess is that Paul uses Borax powder which creates exactly the same chemical layer on the metal as heat flames...

 By: Ornatus-Mundi : September 20th, 2018-04:21
but is just easier to achieve an even surface colour than pure heat (hence the methog of choice for a workshop like this). Best, Magnus

Interesting info, thanks Magnus

 By: skyeriding : September 21st, 2018-05:40
Is Borax typically how chemically blued screws are done in watchmaking? Regards, skyeriding

CORRECTION: Using the world "chemical" in the description of the bluing method Paul Gerber uses in the course is wrong.

 By: BjoernM21 : September 21st, 2018-11:47
The bluing of the screws is also the result of heat. The disolved "bluing salt" (an oxidizing mixture of potassium nitrite and sodium nitrate with traces of sodium chloride, potassium chloride and sodium bromide) can be heated to 300° C without the fluid ... 

Bjoern, you must have done a much better work than me... your watch ran better after then before...

 By: Ornatus-Mundi : September 20th, 2018-04:09
thanks for bringing this excellent article on an experience I made as well (as you know), so here is my piece to greet yours: Note that I 'developed' my 'own' style of finishing... I cannot add anything to the epxeriences you so generously shared. It was ...  

Magnus, your watch looks really "puristic" and elegant

 By: BjoernM21 : September 21st, 2018-12:04
Thanks for sharing your version of the workshop watch. Actually, I am now a bit in doubt if "pepping-up" the visuals with the gold/brass details is such a good idea... Björn

Shall I remove the images ;-)? [nt]

 By: Ornatus-Mundi : September 24th, 2018-03:47

Superb post. Thanks for sharing, I've enjoyed it a lot.

 By: VMM : September 20th, 2018-10:55
Congratulations on your beautiful and special watch. Vte

A wonderful, detailed post about a great guy and a nice watch

 By: cazalea : September 20th, 2018-11:00
As owner of several Gerber watches, and having met the watchmaker and his wife a few times, I am envious and admire the work you have done. And truly appreciate the work and time it takes to report so convincingly to the rest of us. Cheers, Cazalea The fi...  

Many thanks, Cazalea, for sharing your experiences with Paul Gerber and adding the informative photos.

 By: BjoernM21 : September 21st, 2018-12:10
Nowadays, Paul Gerber is hardly ever displaying his watches at shows (not even at Baselworld, where he only attends as visitor). But when time is running away to fulfill all the commissions of collectors that have found him anyway, it is possibly not wort... 

Thanks for this superb review / article, Bjorn! That was a great moment to read it. As for the most complicated wrist watch with its 1116 parts, it is part of the past...

 By: amanico : September 20th, 2018-11:27
I think JLC broke this record with the Duometre à Grande Sonnerie, with more than 1400 parts, and more than 20 complications... But back to Mr Gerber's work, I had the pleasure to admire the P 10 piece, and was positively impressed by the quality of his w... 

Fantastic article!!

 By: mdg : September 20th, 2018-14:42
...Thank you.

A wonderful post Bjorn...

 By: jporos : September 20th, 2018-15:32
and an experience of a lifetime. Paul Gerber is certainly an unsung hero in the horology world and to get to work along side of him must have been inspiring. A really nice watch you came out with too!

Your commitment to appreciate fine watchmaking has been rewarded

 By: kykw : September 20th, 2018-16:19
Thank you for this fantastic report, Bjorn. I can only imagine what a genuine experience it must have been. Well done on building a nice watch. Ken

Thank you and contratulations!

 By: heartbreaker : September 21st, 2018-15:00
Dear Bjoern, your post is nothing less than extraordinary. I was particularly impressed by one point: the infinite care Mr. Gerber puts in every single aspect. This is definitely the proof of the uniqueness of the Man and the Master. Three years ago I've ... 

Fabulous post!

 By: Bounce781 : September 24th, 2018-04:18
PG - one of my favourite watchmakers (I have just re-read your post again) ...  

What can I say, Björn...

 By: KMII : September 25th, 2018-09:49
Time for a book for sure and I’d love a copy of the first edition! Another truly astounding article and looking forward to reading more soon...