Build-A-Watch Workshop - One on One
Date: Chouse your own
Time: 2.5 hours
Location: Either at NOVO HQ, your home, or somewhere convenient for you.
Information about the course:
For those of you who love watches and mechanics, this is a unique opportunity to dive into the fascinating world of watchmaking and build your own mechanical timepiece! This is NOT just putting the watch together, it’s assembling the movement as well!
We’ll first review the history and function of the watch, then break out into our own individual workshop tables where each person will, step by step, assemble and regulate their own brand-new watch! Pretty awesome.
The watch you’ll receive and be assembling is a classic “Pilot Watch”, which was developed for fighter pilots during World War II. They were built to be worn over top of the pilot’s suit so are larger than most watches at 44.2 mm in diameter. The larger size make it the perfect movement to learn on.
By assembling your new watch, you’ll gain insight into the structure and mechanics of mechanical watches as well as knowledge of how to use the most common watchmaker’s tools. Once the course is over you’ll leave with your very own watch you assembled and new knowledge about how watches are made.
Teacher: Steve Christensen
The course is held by watchmaker Steve Christensen. He is the owner of NOVO watch where he hand crafts watches using reclaimed materials that tell a story. He has been featured on many prominent blogs, was a finalist in the FP Journe Watchmaking Contest, was featured on Canadian National news and is the official watchmaker for Canadian Pacific Railway. Today he lives in Lethbridge where he continues to build handmade watches has just started to give lectures and hold courses to share his passion for watches and watchmaking with others.
We’re currently only doing one-on-one classes and all tools and other equipment are disinfected before and after use.
Requirements to participate:
Age 12 years and up
This course is an experience. The watches are very solid and usually run without any problems. However, as the student assembles and builds his/her first watch something may happen where the watch doesn’t keep exact time after the first week. That’s ok! It’s your first watch and we’ll make sure it runs smoothly if that happens. Errors that do not include breaking the winding spring are taken care of free of charge.
I really hope I see you at this Watchmaking Experience!
Most watches lack soul…
...so at NOVO we've developed a process of infusing your meaningful memorabilia into a unique timepiece that will tell your story for generations.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does it take to build a custom watch?
Depending on the complexity between 8 - 10 weeks.
How are you better than other companies?
We’re not! We’re different. Our focus isn’t on mass producing anything. Our focus is transferring a customer’s story to his/her wrist or pocket.
What movement do you use for your watches?
We use a Swiss ETA 6498-1 for our watches.
What can I expect when I receive my watch?
An absolutely stunning timepiece that tells a story you connect to. And tears. And love.
What do you mean “most watches lack soul”?
Mass-produced products lose the individuality and personality that hand-crafted watches exude. While mass-produced pieces are great for marking important moments in life, our hand-crafted watches infuse the actual memorabilia representing your moments and bring with them character that’s impossible to replicate.
What kind of material do you work with?
We work with anything! We’ve worked with NFL helmets, MLB cleats, train tracks, military tanks, branding irons, iPhones, and more. Every watch is different so feel free to call or email to chat more about your specific material and see what we can do with it. Email steve@novowatch or call 888-782-2607.
One Of One
We 100% guaranteed that no one else will have a watch like yours.
Infused with history you can really feel.
History takes on a new meaning when you can hold it in your hand.
We all have those things that hold meaning that we can’t throw away but don’t have room for. Let us make a watch from it.
PASS IT ON
Each timepiece is crafted to last for lifetimes and tell your story for generations. It’s a legacy built for your wrist.
We Would Love To Work With You!
If you have any questions about our timepieces, processes or anything else feel free to email us! I’d love to work with you.