BARRELHAND PROJECT 1: A THREAT TO SWISS WATCHMAKING FROM THE USA?

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The story of the US-based Barrelhand Project 1 begins as it should, with one student’s Swiss-born muse- the ever incredible Urwerk UR-202. Karel Bachand was an 18 year old engineering student, having been seduced by his “holy grail of watchmaking engineering and art” with little money to finance such an acquisition, his disappointment drove him to replicate the UR-202. Using 3D CAD software, Bachand learned, step by step, mistake by mistake, the incredible process which allowed Urwerk’s celebrated “satellite time” to operate. His journey was chronicled by industry blog – ABlogToWatch.

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