NIVREL watchmaking Course and Seminar
- Saturday, 23.04.2016, 10:00 am until Sunday, 24.04.2016, 4:00 pm (sold out)
- Saturday, 30.04.2016, 10:00 am until Sunday, 01.05.2016, 4:00 pm (sold out)
- Saturday, 22.10.2016, 10:00 am until Sunday, 23.10.2016, 4:00 pm (sold out)
- Saturday, 28.01.2017, 10:00 am until Sunday, 39.01.2017, 4:00 pm (sold out)
- Saturday, 04.02.2017, 10:00 am until Sunday, 05.02.2017, 4:00 pm (sold out)
More dates for 2017 will be announced shortly. If you would like to be informed about new dates, please send us a short email!
The registration fee is 1,195,- Euro incl. 19% VAT. After your enrollment to our course you will receive an invoice by mail.
- Seminar and course participation
- Two lunch meals
- Non alcoholic beverages / coffee / snacks
- Small groups (max. 5 participants) and assistance by the instructor and a NIVREL master watchmaker
- One NIVREL watch, model 'Replique Manuelle', Ref. N 322.001 (value 750,- Euro) that you will build together on your own during the seminar
- Final inspection by the master watchmaker and issue of your full warranty certificate
- Provision of the watchmaking tools needed for the course
- Printed course instructions and material
In our watchmaking course and seminar, you will not only receive an insight into the fascinating world of a watchmaker: you will learn the basics about mechanical watches and their complications, about mechanical movements in detail, and to understand and build your individual NIVREL timepiece under the guidance of one of our master watchmakers! In our professional course room, each participant receives his own work bench with own tools and professional lighting. The courses are designed to provide maximum care of the participants and are therefore limited to a maximum of 5 participants per weekend. This ensures that there is always enough time for questions and answers for each participant during the seminar days and maximum technical assistance can be provided when building your watch.
On the first day of the seminar we dive deep into the tradition of the NIVREL company and the Kraemer jewelry store and take you on a journey to 1891 and back. Thus you will already know the basic principles of classical craftmenship in the watch and jewelry industry and learn a lot about the working methods and techniques of our watchmakers and goldsmiths.
After the lunch break we will get down to serious business. We will deal with the technical design of mechanical movements and learn about different types of movements and mechanical complications. Discussing the construction plan of a mechanical movement caliber ETA Unitas 6497-1 the participants will get to know all the single parts of the watch movement that will be assembled later on.
In the last course block of the first day, each participant will disassemble his own movement into all single parts under strong guidance of the specialist.
Armed with the knowledge of the frst day's sessions we start on the morning of the second day with the assembly of the NIVREL Replique Manuelle. The morning will be devoted entirely to the assembly of the watch movement. Under the guidance of our master watchmaker each seminar participants puts together his own movement and checks his working results together with the watchmaker. This course block ends with the fine regulation (the precise time setting) of the movement and with the setting of the dial and hands.
In the afternoon of the second day the seminar comes into the home stretch. Seminar participants will learn about the design of the watch case with its different items. The movement will be combined with dial and hands and assembled into the watch case. After setting the crown the single functions of the watch can be checked. In addition to reviewing the position of hands, checking the cleanness of the watch and the general functionality, easch participant performs an accuracy test by using an electronical timing devise. A water resistancy test will be carried out as well.
At the end of the seminar the participants assemble the bracelet and the corresponding buckle. The watchmaker inspects your individual timepiece andissues the warranty certificate for your masterpiece. At appr. 4.00 p.m. of the second day we conclude our seminar. The NIVREL team will continue to be at your disposal for all the professional and personal questions you may have.
The Seminar Watch
During the seminar, each participant will receive his own NIVREL watch Replique Manual, Ref N 322.001 which he will assemble by himself. NIVREL guarantees perfection in your work at the conclusion of the seminar by issueing the warranty certificate.
During the weekend seminar, you will get to know both NIVREL production sites in Saarbrücken: the watchmaking workshop at NIVREL and the goldsmith workshops at the Kraemer jewellery store. The seminar starts at NIVREL in the district of Saarbrücken St. Arnual. During the day there will be a transfer to the Kraemer jewellery store in downtown Saarbrücken. The transfer is taken care of, unless you want to drive with your own car which is a trip of about 5 minutes.
Watchmaking Course Details
Day 1 (Saturday)
- 10.00 a.m.: Meeting point at NIVREL in Saarbrücken. Meet & greet of the participants with coffee and tea
- 10.15 a.m.: Plan for the day and a start into the seminar with an historical overview about the two companies NIVREL und Kraemer. Guided tour of our watchmaking workshops.
- 11.30 a.m.: Transfer to the Kraemer jewellery store in downtown Saarbrücken
- 12.00 a.m.: Guided tour of the workshops at Kraemer and explanation of the teamwork between goldsmiths and watchmakers.
- 01.00 p.m.: Lunch break
- 02.00 p.m.: Workshop session 1: the mechanical watch and it's complications
- 04.00 p.m.: Coffee break
- 04.30 p.m.: Workshop session 2: getting to know the watch movement ETA Unitas 6497-1 and disassemblng
- 06.00 p.m.: Conclusion for the day
- 07.00 p.m.: Optional dinner at the beautiful St. Johann market square In Saarbrücken
Day 2 (Sunday)
- 09.00 a.m.: Meeting point in the course room at the Kraemer jewellery store
- 09.15 a.m.: Plan for the day
- 09.30 a.m.: Workshop session 3: Assembly of the watch movements ETA Unitas 6497-1, discussion of single parts and assembly working steps
- 11.30 a.m.: Lunch break
- 12.30 a.m.: Workshop session 4: Assembly of dial and hands, case setting
- 02.30 p.m.: Coffee break
- 03.00 p.m.: Final working steps, final inspection and water resistancy test. Final inspection by the master watchmaker and warranty certification.
- 04.00 p.m.: end of the workshop
Dr. Guido Grohmann, member of NIVREL's management team will host you throughout the two days. With his in-depth knowledge about the history of NIVREL, the Kraemer / Hofer jewelers' family and the structure of mechanical movements and various complications he will make your first day entertaining and prepare all participants perfectly for the assembly of their own NIVREL timepiece. In order to do so, one of NIVREL's master watchmakers will join the seminar on the second day who will guide the participants when assembling their watches and will be the helping hand whenever necessary.
If you are looking for a place to stay, you will find plenty of hotels in downtown Saarbrücken, in close proximity to our seminar room. On request we are happy to help you organize in advance.
Accomodation is not included in the registration fee!
Summary (Facts & Infos)
- 2-days seminar
- maximum of 5 participants
- Assistance by the instructer and a NIVREL master watchmaker
- 1 NIVREL watch, model Replique Manuelle, Ref. N 322.001 incl. box and warranty certificate
What you might want to bring along
- pen for your personal notes
- If interested, some cash for a joint dinner (not included in the registration fee)
- If necessary, please remember to book an accomodation (not included in the registration fee)
Enroll to the course
Seats in our watchmaking class and seminar are limited to 15 in 2014, 20 in 2015. If you are interested in booking a participation, please send us a message with date preferences here.