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Who we are

The EPFL Watchmakers project was founded in 2023 by student engineers keen to unite students around a common passion: watchmaking. Founded in Switzerland, the epicenter of the world's watchmaking industry, the project aims to conceive, design and assemble a clock featuring innovative mechanisms and playing with interesting physical principles not currently present in the watchmaking world. One of our other future objectives future 

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would be to make watches, from mechanism to case, bracelet and clasp, using new materials and mechanisms. Achieving such a goal requires time, a great deal of technical skill and knowledge, as well as the intermediate steps necessary for our activities to run smoothly. Firstly, building a modular clock to familiarize ourselves with clock mechanisms on a larger scale. Also, to test the physical principles that would be applicable and usable in our clock, and to find out in which part of it these phenomena would apply: energy supply, transmission or time display. Then, for our future objectives, we'll be doing some design work and machining tests on bracelets and cases in innovative materials. Finally, our long-term objective is to miniaturize the first mechanisms designed for the clock on a watch scale, in order to produce our first prototype watch.

What we do

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Engineering

The development of such a project requires a wide range of cutting-edge skills in many different fields. That's why EPFL's polytechnic education is a real asset. Every field is involved: materials, mechanics, microtechnology...

 

Cutting-edge engineering and the involvement of various sections make this community project multi-disciplinary, innovative and enriching.

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Materials

Materials play a very important role in contemporary high-tech watchmaking. Working with and developing innovative materials has therefore become essential in this sector. Gold, steel, platinum, carbon, sapphire and metallic glass are just some of the innovative materials at the heart of watchmaking research. One of our future objectives is to learn how to manipulate and machine this type of material, in order to extract a case and then a bracelet for our first prototype.

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