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 presented are not something you normally hear about, and are very new and a refreshing read to me!
I like the fact mentioned about anglage not being 45 degrees; as often you would be viewing the caseback straight on, thus it seems logical to want broader, less angled anglage to face the viewer. However I guess the challenge there is with such shallow angles it's more challenging to keep the edges uniform (especially with curved bridge edges where you can't easily use a flat file, and of course with curved anglage where you need to rotate the file/part).
I'm curious as to why chemical bluing of the screws was opted for instead of the flame blueing, as there's the unavoidable general perception that flame blued screws are more "pure" and preferred. Is it because they are easier to work with?
The whole experience seems very honest and transparent - working "under" Mr. Gerber directly without any additional distraction or sugarcoat from fancier displays of large luxury brands (which honestly, I feel is not a bad thing, but for a more general target audience). This course seems appealing for the enthusiast who wants a more real and connected experience with the actual watchmakers and what they do on a daily basis.
Again, much appreciated for your wonderful horological articles and contributions for us to read and enjoy - I will always look forward to the next one!
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Paul Gerber: Amateur Watchmaking with the Master
“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 ...
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...
I love posts like these! Thank you for taking the time to share this.
Thanks for the great write up! Aleays great to see finishing skills by the masters of horology
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
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.
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...
A wonderful, detailed post about a great guy and a nice watch
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...
A wonderful post Bjorn...
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!
Thank you and contratulations!
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 ...
PG - one of my favourite watchmakers (I have just re-read your post again) ...
What can I say, Björn...
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...