***Josh and Tyler reporting from Germany: "No snow, beer too cold!"
Well, not quite - but probably not too far off either. Yes, the
boys are having fun, and so far, plenty of good news. Our CNC lathe is
ready; the official training has commenced and coding is well under way.
With a bit of luck, by the end of the week they will be making their first
Sydney delivery and installation date is now June 1, which is in
accordance to the previous estimate. The other good news is that the 316L
steel samples obtained from an Australian supplier are within the required
tolerances. So at least we won't have to air freight 4 metre long rods from
Germany – or at least not for components smaller than
The lathe itself is the crucial watch parts making machine, and
this particular model is well used by both German and Swiss makers. Anyone
from Nomos to Lange has it in operation so we know that machine is capable
of producing the finest watch parts. Of course, it will take us many months
- if not years - to master it, but we are definitely heading in the right
Another piece of good news is that we should be able to make even
more complex parts than we originally anticipated: the 6-axis lathe can
accept some special 'attachments' capable of cutting very fine pinions as
well as gears. However, we will be limited by the diameter – for
components larger than 3mm in diameter (main spring barrel for example) we
would need one more CNC lathe...
Exciting days ahead - so stay tuned for more!