WATCHMAKING MACHINES AND TOOLS

 

Watchmaking machines and tools have evolved over the centuries. The first watchmaking factories were often located on the banks of a river in order to use hydraulic energy. Thus pulleys and belts in contact with the water flow were located in the workshops to operate the machines. All this evolved with the arrival of electric power.

The machines and tools used also vary greatly, today as in the past, with the quantities produced. Some factories produce in a week what others produce in a year. It is obvious that they have different machines and tools. Also, the arrival of computers, where drawing boards have been replaced by computers, where machines have been digitized, has also made things change.

Old tools, which are sometimes more than a century old, are still relevant, especially for small quantities, in the field of the dial for example, or more generally in the field of restoration. The field of machines and tools never stops evolving and has a rich history.

INDIVIDUAL TOOLS

Individual tools are the tools that are directly in contact between the hand of the craftsman and the object/material to be worked on.

ANALOG MACHINES

Analog tools are tools that are always manipulated by the hand of the watchmaker but have mechanical effects that amplify its perfection. 

NUMERICAL MACHINES

Digital machines are machines where the electronics are programmed by the mechanic but the operations are then executed and supervised by the electronics.

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