I love these people, but PLEASE DO NOT let them make you a watch! :-)

This year's Collector's Events at SIHH included 2 mornings of tours and master classes at VC's Ateliers.  The most favorite Ateliers this year were Finishing, Enameling and Design.  While great fun and experience was had by all...I IMPLORE all of you to not have these friends become your watchmakers anytime soon!!!

 

FINISHING ATELIERS

Beveling is much easier than it looks! wink

Joseph is trying his best, but this is his second attempt at the Finishing Ateliers...he will be banned soon! smiley

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Polishing the edges is not fun when introduced as the first step our first opportunity to do a finishing operation. indecision

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Metal finishing has never been Daisy strength.

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Perlage can look so easy and quick, when somebody else does it blush

Melvin as he rotates the component and applies the perlage.

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Hand-working interior angles after only 30 minutes of experience? surprise

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How little is removed when applying Geneva Waves? devil

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Michael beveling away.

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ENAMELING ATELIER

We really cause a ruckus.  Remember, there are only two full-time enamelars and an apprentice working in this Ateliers on a normal day.

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Both Daisy and Joseph found their skills better suited toward enamelling, but are not holding their breaths waiting for new job offers.

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Due to time constraints, we were only allowed to pick one color enamel to apply and could only apply one layer.  Ususally one color will require at least 2-layers.

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Michael is looking to reduce future service costs by learing how to repair his own enamel dials

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The crew was getting restless, so somebody tried to make some mini-pizzas in the oven while others were working hard.

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DESIGN GROUP

After entering the design group's confidential lair, they presented us with a description of how the new Harmony line was developed.  This was the first time the entire team worked colloboratively on one project, which was quite rewarding and exciting for the team!

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Some prototype dials

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Original source of inspiration

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Initial case sketches

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All paid homage to the Shrine of Kitsch that site right next to Vince Kauffman, and then off to design your own watch!

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IMHO, I have to say the women's designs were more interesting than the men's this year

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Dianne, being tired of seeing and hearing about Sea-Shadows I, II, III, etc.  decided it was about to lighten things up a little - at least its not all black!  smiley

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Nina wants to make sure there are clear enough notes stating the size and quality of diamonds to be used.

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Dean and sequels to the Sea-Shadow

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Gary realizes designing is not as easy at it seems.

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At the end though, some really cool designs were developed.

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Thanks so much, Dan!
02/01/2015 - 23:29

Those are great candid shots of everyone.

Fond memories already.

But where are you??

Regards,

Joseph

You caught me with my mouth opened wide enough my friend...
02/02/2015 - 14:04

while laughing at a joke Nina was telling! surprisecheeky

Joseph did a really great job enamelling! Maybe it was thanls to Madame JB's influence? :-)
02/02/2015 - 09:12

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Oh, Oh!! I've been found out!
02/02/2015 - 12:37

Thanks Alex, I think... blush

Thank you, Dan
02/07/2015 - 15:41

for immortalizing )))

My pleasure sir!
02/08/2015 - 07:48

We all had great fun, great to see everybody again! :-)