The American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) who has previously held their watchmaking classes at a handful of permanent and rotating physical facilities, will unveil their brand new state-of-the-art mobile horology classroom, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:30 AM on Friday, May 31, 2019, at the JCK Las Vegas Watch Show, located in the Clockwork Lounge (Booth 12043).
Pennsylvania-based watchmaker, Roland Murphy, of RGM watches will join in cutting the ribbon and welcome show goers to check out the inside of the unprecedented, fully custom mobile watchmaking classroom.
According to the AWCI, “The Mobile Horology Classroom is named in honor of legendary watchmaking instructor Archie Perkins, author of 4 highly respected textbooks on watch restoration. It is a fully equipped training facility built on a 38-foot Freightliner chassis, which will tour the United States and bring training and events directly to professional watchmakers, clockmakers, jewelry store staff, and collectors. The mobile classroom will help AWCI provide training to professional horologists, support industry through collectors’ events, and introduce new people to the world of horology by visiting career days and community events.
The mobile classroom makes it possible for professionals to upgrade their skills without the inconvenience of travel and closing down the shop for long periods of time. The classroom is equipped with 9 custom watchmaking benches and the latest tools from Beco Technic, Bergeon, Witschi, Elma, Greiner Vibrograf, and Jules Borel; and with the additional generous support of Illinois Watch Company, Renata Batteries, Ronda, JCK, and Johnson Investment Counsel, AWCI will be training more people than at any time in its history.
The Archie Perkins Mobile Classroom will be in the Clockworks Lounge Booth 12043 throughout the JCK Las Vegas show, and AWCI’s watchmaking professionals will be available to answer all your watch- and clock-related questions. Come by anytime for a tour of the mobile classroom, to discuss training needs for your store, or for a free watch battery replacement compliments of Renata batteries.”
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