watchmaking in the Swiss Alps

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watchmaking in the Swiss Alps

Post by koimaster » September 1st 2020, 11:37am

Traditional watchmaking in the Swiss Alps is the new summer fad for children

Students can learn about what makes people tick when they shown how to rebuild a mechanical watch movement

Children as young as 12 can now spend their summer assembling a watch movement in the snow-capped village of Verbier, one of the most prestigious ski resorts in the world with over 450 kilometres of safe ski slopes nestled in the canton of Valais.

This is the latest of the 40 or so elective courses offered by Les Elfes International, an overseas camp provider which first opened the doors to its little chalet in 1987.

The programme will officially launch this summer.

“We are hoping to provide [students with] a full immersion in the Swiss watchmaking world,” says Malko Schraner, sales and marketing director at Les Elfes.

Students will kick off the morning with a visit to the Fondation Haute Horlogerie (FHH) by Richemont in Geneva, where they will – with tiny binoculars mounted on their noses – learn how to disassemble and reassemble the classic mechanical ETA watch movement commonly employed in traditional Swiss watch brands.

“They have to rebuild a mechanical movement that makes a watch tick without quartz or battery. I’ve tried it myself before – and I must say it’s extremely precise,” Schraner says. ... d-children


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