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Presently: watch professionals II

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- Autoquartz
- Chronograph or chronometer
- Shock-absorber
- Water-resistance

- The Swiss watch production
- Material and finishes for watch cases

- Watch Professionals I
- Watch Professionals II
- Watch-cases
- Sapphire crystal
- Boîte et bracelet
- Bevelling and finishes...(I)
- Bevelling and finishes...(II)
- Bevelling and finishes...(III)
- Bevelling and finishes...(IV)
- Bevelling and finishes...(V)
- Bevelling and finishes...(VI)

- Bevelling and finishes...(VII)
- Bevelling and finishes...(VIII)
- Bevelling and finishes...(IX)
- Bevelling and finishes..(X)
- The Tourbillon
- Observations on top-of-the-range mechanical watches I
- Observations on top-of-the-range...II
- Observations on top-of-the-range...III
- Observations on top-of-the-range...IV
- Stricking watches
- The Screws (I)
- The Screws (II)
- The Screws (III)
- The Screws (IV)
- The Screws (V)
- Chronometry

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Expert in communication and marketing, Pierre F. Brenzikofer was for more than 25 years in charge of the Marketing-Services of an important swiss watch group. He had a deep knowledge of watches communication. He was very active in professional basic and further training, and invested a lot of energy in the management of training centers and the setting up of modern didactic instruments.

8. WATCH PROFESSIONALS II

Second part

The first part of this presentation showed shortly the content of the training of the following professions connected with the watch industry :
- Practitioner watchmaker
- Microelectronic watchmaker
- Service watchmaker
- Stamp mechanic
- Micromechanic
- Case maker

We will now continue with the presentation of other watch and jewellery professions based on the swiss federal law on professional training.
If you missed the first part, please get in touch with the following adress : watch professionals I.

Watch cases assembler (training time : 3 years)
This specialist is responsible for the polish and the mechanical treatments of the surface of the watch cases. He has to master the handling and the service of the needed tools. In fact, he carries out all the aesthetic operations giving the final aspect to the watch cases. He has to know the handling of mechanical tools and usual machines and the processing operations on CNC technology tools. This profession is specific for the Jura regions (western part of Switzerland) where most of the case factories are located.

Drawer in microtechnics (4 years)
The drawer in microtechnics realises macro-drafts of miniature components for the production (spare part of a watch movement or of any other micromechanism) based on projects or existing products. At the same time he draws assembling drafts of the mechanism and prepares the list of the needed material for the production. Intermediate between the engineer and the production centres, he is creating the drawings on a DAO screen (drawing assisted by computer) and transfers them on a running table or a printer. For this purpose he has to have a good knowledge of the production processes and machines.

Jewel-setter (4 years)
This craftsman is working for the jewellery and the high class watch segment. He is setting jewels (precious, semi-precious or artificial) as well as pearls on watch products, pieces of jewellery and other luxury products.
The jewel setter gives to the jewel all its dimension and the beauty of the finished product. For his work he needs gravers, files, chisels, tweezers, magnifying glasses, oil-stones for the sharpening of the tools and a milling-cutter motor.

Engraver (4 years)
These specialists realise on a small scale decorations, inscribings, marks on jewels, watches, etc. They carry out works into relief or hollow, by hand or with machines, chemically or through other processes on metals as steel, brass, copper, tin, gold or silver.
The engravers are working at the bench, independently in an engraving workshop or sometimes in big companies.

Jeweller (4 years)
They are craftsmen who conceive and produce pieces in precious metal for ornament. Jewellers give the jewels, the high level watch cases their shape and their polish according to the material.
Some jewellers specialise themselves and work together with other specialists : designers, case-jewellers, engravers, chase specialists, etc. They are working at the bench under artificial light. They are either independent or working for big companies.

You can of course find other professions linked directly or undirectly to the watch industry, for instance automatic setters setting and supervising automatic lathes producing parts for the watch movements, electroplating specialists , mechanics, electricians, processing specialists and programmers.

 

With a federal certificate of capacity or a professional maturity, the students can continue their studies in technical high schools and after in the universities or in polytechnic high schools. Finally it can be interesting to mention that the watch industry appeals to other numerous specialists : microtechnic and electronic engineers, chemists, physicians, metallurgists, etc.

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