all watchmakers’ tools are made the same. A professional tradesman is
primarily looking for quality and longevity, as well as serviceability
of a tool. Meaning that if you were to invest in a screwdriver, you
would not only expect it to last for decades, but you expect that a
toolmaker would provide spare blades, invest in research and development
of a better tool while continuing to expand the range.
And there is another kind of tools known within the trade as 'boutique tools'.
Those watchmaking tools are simply designed to impress. A Patek or
Lange or Cartier technician is not going to use a $10 spring bar tool on
a $100,000 watch - but a tool designed to match the quality of the
So when it comes to high-end boutique tools, the undisputed king of bling is tools made by Bergeon.
Bergeon is a Swiss watchmakers’ toolmaker, established in 1791. Over
228 years of undisrupted history and tradition, and for all those years a
synonym for both quality and reputation. A kind of Patek of Swiss
And like Patek, Bergeon sets its own standards and rules.
Yesterday, we got our first delivery of Bergeon tools. Two large boxes
filled with screwdrivers, movement holders, tweezers, pliers, two
staking sets - and much more. Yes, we are now an official Bergeon AD!
Amongst the tools we now carry in stock are 3 very specific "Boutique Tools" from their prestige "Smile"
range: two spring bar double-ended removal tools and one pin pusher.
The kind of tools to match your half a million dollar watch; tools
designed to be photographed next to any perpetual calendar or
Price? Well - who cares!
If you wonder which spatula you should buy then my advice is - buy both.
The difference between the two tools is in the small detail: one
spatula is slightly wider than the other and also slightly curved. Both
tools are primarily designed for the removal of spring bars on leather
The pin pusher has a 0.80mm diameter tip and is suitable for spring bars fitted on 'pin hole' cases.
My grandfather has been using it for over 70 years, my father for well
over 60, and I am using it daily, and there’s not the slightest doubt
that my son and my apprentices will use Bergeon Rodico for the rest of
their lives. Unchanged formula. Unchanged properties. Simply the best
cleaning product designed for watchmakers on the market.
Rodico is a special watchmaker's cleaning product. It is used for
cleaning, balance pivots, train wheel pivots, removing finger prints and
stain from plates, bridges, dials, hands; removing excess oil from
watch jewels and taking out broken pivots from the jewels.
Equally useful for professionals and watch enthusiasts, and especially
those who are taking the case back off their watches or doing minor
A $9 bar of Rodico will last you for years. Actually when I think of
it, Rodico is so superior that there has never been an attempt by
another maker to substitute it. It’s impossible.
Of course, Bergeon products come in their own Bergeon packaging boxes
and, yes, there are watch enthusiasts who simply collect Bergeon as they
would collect Rodico watches. The box itself and all Bergeon packaging
material is equally as important as the product itself.
Polywatch - our short tutorial on polishing plexi/hesalite glasses
created a lot of interest, as expected. However, for those of you who
ordered only one a cloth or only the polish you need both to achieve my result. The cloth itself will not remove scratches.