Monday, July 4, 2016

Hello From Tyler

***Hey, I’m Tyler, the new apprentice in town. Born and raised in Sydney, I have a background in Computer Science and Mathematics. I’ve also learned Chinese for a number of years, having studied in both China and Taiwan.

Though it may seem rather odd that I’d choose to pursue this field given my background, it feels only natural to me. I have long been interested in watches - as far back as I can remember. I’ve been interested in a thousand different things over the years, but my love for mechanical watches has never waned (despite never having owned one!). It seemed inevitable that I’d one day end up doing something related to watches. When the opportunity to work alongside someone as experienced as Nicholas popped up I leapt at it without looking back. My previous studies will only help me along the way.

This past Friday was my first official day. I was like a kid in a candy shop; the opportunity to get my hands on some incredible watches and play with some fancy machines was thrilling.

In just one day we covered so much ground that it’s hard to know where to begin; timing machines, correcting time keeping of watches, pressure testing, bracelet adjusting and tool handling to name a few. We also had a lengthy discussion of the mathematical properties governing the function of a watch’s balance wheel (something Nick has touched on in a previous blog post here.
It was so exciting to finally see some of the mathematics and physics I’ve learnt over the years play out before my eyes. Though it’s a long way off yet, I’m looking forward to the day I can put some of this knowledge into practice. I love to learn and the field of horology is one with a boundless horizon. There’s so much to cover and so much room for innovation that I can get a bit ahead of myself sometimes. Patience, Tyler.

Equally exciting is the opportunity to meet those who are as interested in the history of horology as I am. I’ve already had far ranging conversations with customers about the wondrous work of some of the masters from George Daniels to Jean-Antoine L├ępine. The world of watches attracts an incredibly diverse range of people, and though not everyone is interested in the historical side of things, they all seem to be united by a few defining characteristics. To love watches is to have an appreciation of fine craftsmanship and ingenious engineering. They’re a special, super-curious breed. This transfers over into all of their interests and leads to fascinating conversations on all sorts of topics. All the more reason for me to get involved!

The search is still on for a second apprentice. Whoever that might be will find themselves in a tight-knit environment learning at a break-neck speed whilst contributing to some big things that are in the works. I can’t wait to work with them.

Until next time,

Tyler




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