For all those whom are interested in watchmaking but are unable to enrol into an English speaking watchmaking course, I would like to introduce the Korpela and Hofs Watchmaking Competence Centre. The school website is http://www.khwcc.ch/. Most information can be found there.
Recently, Timezone.com interviewed the Founder/Teacher of the school, Henrik Korpela. The interview can be found at: http://forums.timezone.com/index.php?t= ... sg_5666967
Currently, the school is unable to accommodate students for the next 8 months because all bench places have been filled. However, 4 more benches have been ordered and due for delivery soon. The school programme is unlike other watchmaking school programmes. It has a basic modular system but it also operates in a mentor-apprentice manner. Therefore, unlike other watchmaking schools, KHWCC is able to provide very flexible course start dates based on student needs, subject to bench availability and teaching staff. Therefore, KHWCC does not specify a course start date. All interested applicants should submit their applications as soon as possible though and each applicant will be assessed on a first-come-first-served basis, subject to a bench test and interview. For more information, email KHWCC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The school also operates on a non-profit basis as it is established by the Ulysse Nardin's Watch Foundation. However, even though they are supported by Ulysse Nardin, the course structure and content is fully independent. This essentially means that unlike other watchmaking schools which have to teach their courses based on sponsor's movements or products, at KHWCC, there is no such restriction. All aspects and major movements from different watchmaking brands and styles will be taught.
The school also has a blog dedicated to watchmaking education and independent horology. The website is http://khwcc.blogspot.com/. The blog emphasizes watchmaking, its education and aspects of independent watchmaking. It’s unlike other watchmaking blogs where there are frequent product reviews and launches.
KHWCC hopes to promote greater interest in independent watchmaking and they hope everyone will support their cause. Thank you.