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Xupes joins the British School of Watchmaking

Having skilled watchmakers in house at Xupes is key for the running of the business and supporting the next generation of watchmakers is something we are really passionate about, which is why we are excited to announce that we have joined the British School of Watchmaking!

We spoke to our Director of Servicing, Megan Young to find out more about what this involves!

What does it mean for Xupes to be joining the British School of Watchmaking?

It means a great deal for Xupes to join the British School of Watchmaking as it gives us the opportunity to support a new generation of watchmakers which we are keen to help develop, grow and one day become invaluable leaders of our industry. We are also very passionate about providing students with the opportunity to be supported by an independent workshop. Furthermore, we are excited to be a part of the BSOW community and looking forward to seeing how we can contribute towards the schools continued growth and future development.

Why is it so important to promote and share the work of the BSOW?

The British School of Watchmaking is a WOSTEP accredited course which is internationally recognised across the globe. The level achieved through this course is set by the Swiss body based in Neuchatel and therefore brings a great deal of prestige and credibility to any watchmaker completing the course. It is important to share and promote the work of the BSOW for the platform and education it provides to talented and ambitious watchmakers starting their journey in the industry.

What advice would you give to anyone considering a career in watchmaking?

The main advice would be to stay committed to the journey ahead. The first year of learning a new craft or starting a new position is always the most challenging. The key is to not give up and break through any boundaries or obstacles you might face, either on the technical front or with the knowledge that is gained over time and through experience. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes as that is often the best way to learn. Having the patience to develop and grow over a period of time is the key to sustaining your passion for the craft.

Do you believe the BSOW has helped more young people take an interest in watchmaking?

I have always been a vocal supporter of the BSOW and strongly believe it is one of the main foundations of our industry, through supporting and promoting the art of watchmaking. Having the opportunity to gain a WOSTEP training course in the United Kingdom will continue to attract young individuals to learn the craft and gain the expertise needed to embark on a successful career in the industry. By sharing the work and success stories of it’s students, it will allow the school to make considerable advances in supporting young watchmakers and driving the industry forward for future generations.

What made you want to get into watchmaking when you were first starting out?

When I was growing up I was always very practical and interested in fixing things around the house. My Dad used to provide a long list of chores for myself and my sister and for some reason I used to get all of the technical and practical ones! I was then given the opportunity to attend a ‘careers day’ when I was 13 with several ‘crafts’ on display, one of which being watchmaking. After learning about everything it entailed, I was immediately drawn to it and haven’t looked back since!

What are some common misconceptions about working in a specialist field such as watchmaking?

Most of the misconceptions are usually about what a watchmaker actually does! The most common question I receive is ‘so you actually make watches?’! After explaining that watchmaking is generally associated with the service and repair side of the industry, thankfully it still maintains fascination. Other misconceptions are that all watchmakers are old men! Although the craft is largely made up of males, it’s by no means ‘dominated’ by one gender. If anything, there are more and more female watchmakers beginning their journey’s and becoming industry specialists, trainers or leaders.

The other misconception is about just how technical and intricate our work really is. There’s a reason why it’s referred to as ‘the art of watchmaking’ and the pure intricacy of our work is often misunderstood. The engineering that goes into servicing such a delicate item with hundreds of parts requires a great deal of skill, craftsmanship and talent. But the great thing about ‘watchmaking’ is that it also involves collaborating with many other departments such as sales, purchasing, events and many other areas of the business as well as being a ‘customer facing’ role which provides further variety and enjoyment in the work.

Find out more about what the BSOW offers

Is your watch in need of a service? Whether your watch needs a standard service, maintenance, a part repair or a valuation, throughout July, Xupes is offering 10% off all services, simply email [email protected] to book yours!