Today I had the great pleasure of spending time with students and instructors at IHU Urmakarskolan, the only watchmaking school in Sweden and one of 13 WOSTEP certified watchmaking schools worldwide.
Certifying 12 students annually, Urmakarskolan is an important institution for providing the industry with much-needed competence and many of the students who will graduate this year have already found employment.
The reason for the visit – in addition to my own curiosity – is our ambitious plan to grow and to do this we need to attract the best talent in the industry.
Everybody listened politely during my one-hour presentation of Arlington Watches, the market we operate in and our goals and strategies for the future. Full presentation can be downloaded here.
Instructor Conny Krantz then guided me through the workshop rooms. In year one, the students attain the fundamental understanding of clockworks and master the basic hand skills by repairing clocks and manufacturing parts on very some very expensive machinery.
In year two they advance to working on wristwatches with no complications except date. Movements are supplied by ETA specifically for training purposes. The workbenches they use come directly from WOSTEP and are also seriously expensive.
In year three they learn chronographs and other complications. I had the pleasure of observing the skills in action while a 1950’s Valjoux movement was reassembled.
Before I left I got an offer I couldn’t refuse for this beauty – just serviced by a soon-to-be WOSTEP certified watchmaker:
All in all, a very inspiring afternoon in Motala with good chats, some tangible take-aways and a clearer sense of direction for Arlington Watches. Exciting times ahead!