Refining my Watch Designs

Previous: Initial Watch Designs   As a student at Birmingham School of Jewellery, we all visited the horology department at the British Museum in November 2011 and also stopped at the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers’ Museum. I saw a watch which I immediately like the look of. It looked incredibly clean and simple. I took …

Initial Watch Designs

This is where it all started. I had not long decided to get into horology, and had not yet started my studies in Birmingham, but I designed my first watch. It looks pretty awful, but I was quite pleased with myself at the time. This was around August 2011. This first image I drew in …

School of Jewellery – Horology

I spent a year at the School of Jewellery (SoJ) in their horology class (2011-2012), before moving to the British School of Watchmaking (BSoW) in September 2012. When I first wanted to become a watchmaker, I knew that these were my two choices if I wanted to be a full-time student. At the time the …

Book Review: All in Good Time, by George Daniels

I picked up the latest edition of George Daniels’ autobiography, All in Good Time. It’s quite an expensive book for its size, I paid £35 for it, but its 208 pages and numerous photographs make it seem worthwhile. Sadly George died in 2011, and I never had the opportunity to meet him. I had heard …

How to Make a Winding Stem

A winding stem is usually invisible to the average wearer of a watch, and if it is made correctly and doesn’t break, then it will remain that way. For something that is just 2cm long, it has a suprisingly large number of parts and techniques required to make one accurately by hand. Nowerdays, most watch …

BHI Technician Grade Exam – Practical Piece – Part 1

Every year 1st year BHI students are asked to make a clock component. It’s a two week exam, and has a reputation for being very stressful, difficult and harshly marked. The exam is different each year, although the main areas being tested remain the same: Make a post A collet A wheel or lever that …