Of all the champs from the 2020 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève , this was the one that truly made me grin! Among all the charm of the watch business, it’s not difficult to fail to remember the significance of schooling but, without it most of watches in the longlist, not to mention the champs, wouldn’t exist.
It’s difficult to exaggerate the significance of Antoine Simonin’s commitment to horological instruction. For more than 60 years, he has been offering his insight to the up and coming age of watchmakers everywhere on the world. It feels fitting that the Special Jury Prize this year remembered one of the uncelebrated yet truly great individuals of our industry who has devoted his life to offering back to others.
Antoine is maybe most popular as the fellow benefactor of WOSTEP (Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program), which he set up in 1966. For those curious about the school and course, WOSTEP is the best quality level in watchmaking preparing. Both globally perceived and incredibly famous, Antoine set up schools in 17 nations during his initiative with assessments accessible in English, French, German, Japanese, Swedish, and Mandarin. Since its establishment, a large number of watchmakers have profited by WOSTEP’s training.
My prologue to Antoine was through his distributing purposeful venture Editions Simonin . As an enthusiastic ally of the democratization of information this, as far as I might be concerned, has been perhaps the best commitment to our industry. His expert private library is among the best on the planet, which he uses to recreate uncommon, no longer available books giving understudies better admittance to significant yet moderate learning material. Craig [Struthers] and I have a few of his distributions on our racks that we consistently allude to, as I’m certain do numerous other free watchmakers and restorers around the world.
With such a lot of conversation right now around the deficiency of conventional watchmaking abilities, schooling has never been so significant. We ought to be similarly as worried about finding the up and coming age of Antoine Simonins as we are the following George Daniels.
Dr. Rebecca Struthers, a previous jury individual from the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, is right now the solitary holder of a PhD in horology and furthermore flaunts guaranteed preparing as a gem specialist, silversmith, watchmaker, and gemologist just as a graduate degree throughout the entire existence of craftsmanship and plan. She and her better half, ace watchmaker Craig Struthers, are the owners of Struthers Watchmakers .
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