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Conventional wisdom says a young Swiss watch company can´t make their own mechanical movement! Obviously industry wisdom is wrong!
Conventional wisdom says a young Swiss watch company can´t make their own mechanical movement! Obviously industry wisdom is wrong!
Conventional wisdom says a young Swiss watch company can´t make their own mechanical movement! Obviously industry wisdom is wrong!
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Shipping stuff and setting jewels

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Dear Backers,

After closing our campaign successfully, we are now super busy getting things done to assure that we ship in "quality" and in "time".

Sending out the smaller stuff

We have sent out the "scribble books" and the "key rings" to the backers already. They should arrive in your post box soon. Thanks again for your support and perhaps some of you want to make some pics for us from you and your new stuff... or send some nice sketches you have already scribbled into your new little note book;-) As a little extra present you will also find in this shipment our latest magazine called "The Tale" with exciting stories.

"Scribble-books" and "key-rings" ready to go out
"Scribble-books" and "key-rings" ready to go out

What is "T0"

However the biggest part is yet to come and this is pretty much all Jonas job... pre-assembling the movement parts... Hopefully he stays in good health during the next weeks, as he wants to take care of every single one of the watches by himself;-) We try not to disturb him these days.

After the "Ebauches" and the "Bridges" have been machined, the stones (rubies) have to be set.

The little "cuties" ready for stone setting -  also called the T0 process
The little "cuties" ready for stone setting - also called the T0 process
Rubies and custom made tooling for pick and place action
Rubies and custom made tooling for pick and place action
Yes they are small... and they assure that the axles of the gear-train run smoothly whilst keeping the oil in place
Yes they are small... and they assure that the axles of the gear-train run smoothly whilst keeping the oil in place

This is something which "could" be done by hand also, but it is foolish to think that setting stones by hand is better than by this sophisticated semi-automated machine from our friends at Axnum. Of course this machine is available fully automated, but since we are a small company this semi-automated version is fine for us... keeping Jonas busy.

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Not only that it automates the process of setting the right stones in the correct holes, it much more assures that the "fit" of the stone and the "position" it should have is automatically controlled and recorded with every assembly step. Humans cannot assure this precision as the dimensions and tolerances are too tight for us and our "biologic sensors".

Everything under control and within the tolerance window. When things get "red" on this screen we know we are in trouble
Everything under control and within the tolerance window. When things get "red" on this screen we know we are in trouble

It is OK to do "hand-setting" for one or two movements, but if you have to make more than 50 pieces, one should use such machine! Logically this means "hand-made" is not always the best you can get, because if the stones fall out because the fit was too loose or the stone is in the wrong position and nobody recognized it, your watch and its precision will not last very long...

And as it is always with machinery... you need other machinery to control them and these in turn need to be controlled by humans... in this case our Jonas...;-)

Looks old fashioned in comparison to the other machine, but one can never measure enough...
Looks old fashioned in comparison to the other machine, but one can never measure enough...
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    1. Andy watson on

      Many thanks for this detailed update.
      We all hope that Jonas is not ill or stressed.
      Steady progress is always better than no progress.
      I look forward to getting my first package from you at Horage.
      Well done everyone.

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      Mitch Capper
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      Thanks for the update! Looking forward to the product.