- Feb 5, 2007
Can’t Buy the Watch You Want? It’s Partly a Lack of Watchmakers.
With student enrollments down and retirements rising, Swiss brands worry that growth will stall.
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Interesting. But I think, sadly, like the manufacture of vinyl records, oil lamps and video tape recorders, it's 'old' technology and people have moved on. We haven't.
I don't think that the actual knowledge has been lost, but more than techniques and skills have changed. After all everything out there is being miniaturised more and more, so the ability to make a watch is there, but why would anyone want to? And I'm not trying to be glib about this either...
Late edit- and having just re-read the article, it comes across quite strongly that it's the money making watch companies that are pushing it. Sure, top end watch snobs will always want their trophies but the younger generation just don't get it. I've made a few mechanical watches for friends as gifts, which IMO are nice works. And designed to their taste, so it's not like that they don't like them. But they just don't wear them. They have a phone. I suppose you have to learn to appreciate the art and skill of watchmaking. They don't, and won't because tech has moved on.
On a more personal level, I turn away more work than I accept, simply because I can't possibly service everything I'm asked to. The other watchmakers I know are in the same boat - we are all swamped. This is far from a dying industry.
i'm thinking they don't make horologists like they used to. 8-(
yes, and no. The point of the article is that there's no new blood signing up for training… Which means there is a shortage of watchmakers, as it will take time to bring people up to speed. Your statement confirms a shortage of watchmakers. if we are trending towards fewer and fewer watchmakers with no replacements in the queue, then it is a dying industry.
A horologist by definition (Merriam-Webster) is, "a person skilled in the practice or theory of horology. : a maker of clocks or watches."
The same source defines horology as, "1) the science of measuring time 2) the art of making instruments for indicating time".
How many people whom claim to be horologists actually study the science of time measurement or make instruments to indicate time? In my observation, very, very few.
Watch repair is a trade. It's not a science! I fix my own vehicles but I don't need to understand the ignition timing advance to make it work the way the designer intended - I'm not an internal combustion engine dynamicist and I don't claim to be. Why, then, does every Tom, Dick and Mary with a set of Bergeon screwdrivers refer to themselves as "watchmakers" or "horologists"? Tradespeople are absolutely essential and highly valued by me and others especially when it comes to infrastructure. IMO, horology .... true horology as defined above .... is no longer respected by the masses (as it used to be). And, those whom claim to be horologists but aren't, water down the label and reduce public opinion even further.
So, a horologist is still a horologist even if people (like to?) misuse the term.