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The science (and art) of making your own watch

22 December 2015 7:33 PM

Kevin Lings, economist by day and watchmaker by night, discusses the art and science of making watches.

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The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviewed Kevin Lings, Stanlib Asset Management Chief Economist by day and watchmaker by night.

Although most watches are factory made there are still some master craftsmen who build only by hand.

In Switzerland, famed for watchmaking, you can complete a formal watchmaking degree while, in addition, many manufacturers have their own in-house training.

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I asked myself; how hard can it be to make a watch? I sourced Omega parts and made one. It cost me R8000 for a watch that retails at R50 000! It did, however, take me a year.

Kevin Lings

Patek Philippe is the best mechanism in the world.

Kevin Lings

Seiko has made a good comeback.

Kevin Lings

There is a massive markup in luxury watches.

Kevin Lings

I can assemble a watch in a day if I have all the parts.

Kevin Lings

Also read the following related article:

* Most expensive watch on Earth sells out in months at R32-million a piece


This article first appeared on 702 : The science (and art) of making your own watch


22 December 2015 7:33 PM

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