Watchmaking class starts now! Be a watchmaker for a whole weekend in Germany. You’ll start with a few theory lessons on watchmaking, but soon you will be polishing steel, creating blued screws, engraving your personal serial number in the movement etc. etc. After a weekend of hard work, you will leave the Blancier Lottermann & Sohne seminar in Mannheim Germany with a brand new unique wrist watch.

A two-day seminar in Mannheim/Germany includes:

  • the mechanical wrist watch you created;
  • documentation of the theory lessons;
  • an incredible watchmaing experience!

This seminar costs only 890 Euro! This doesn’t include a hotel, but for just a small additional fee (adding it up to a total price of 950 euro), that can be arranged through the website of Blancier as well. The watchmaking course is lead by Till Lottermann and Franz Wolff, two watchmakers with incredible skills. You can read more about their creations in my article on the Watch 2008 event in Maastricht, where Blancier was present with a very impressive collection of watches.

As what I’ve understood from visitors of this watchmaking weekend, patience seems to be the key word. Don’t lose your temper when you drop that screw or gear for the 10th time. 😉 Both master watchmakers Till Lottermann and Franz Wolff, will guide you through the two days, but it is still hard work for the unexperienced watchmaker. But when you succeed (and you probably will, with the right effort and enthusiasm), you can at least say you built your own mechanical watch!

  • Bernard

    Hi RJ, I did the weekend watch maker course. Great experience. Even more respect for the watch maker since then. Now I have to go for pro and build a regulator 🙂

  • @Bernard: Great to hear from someone who has joined this course!

  • Peter Keller

    It is a very unique experience and not difficult at all. I went together with some friends and we now have each our own unique mechanical wrist watch. We also decided to do the F-course to build our own regulator.
    I can recommend this course to everyone who has a passion for watches.

  • From the perspective of a non-technical ‘live time’ watch lover I can say that it was overwhelming to follow the 2 day course in Mannheim. Being a professional musician for almost 30 years I know that craftmenship, knowledge, passion and sensitivity are key necessities to be extraordinary. What I really love is people who can combine these essential elements with kindness and humor. And that is what I ran into with the L?ɬ?ttermann family.

  • Hello Jeroen,

    Thanks for adding your comment. I feel that I probably have to experience this watchmaking weekend over at Lotterman & S?ɬ?hne in Mannheim any time soon! I think you are spot on with the key necessities you mention in your comment.


  • Diederik

    Hi Robert-Jan,

    ?ɬè did the weekend as well, now almost two years ago, and enjoyed it very much. Together with some German guests we made our own watch guided by Till and Franz. I immediatly felt at home at the family farmhouse and enjoyed the meals mrs Lotterman cooked for us!
    For me it was a very exceptional happening and I still wear the watch – amongst others 🙂 – with pleasure. ABout the visit I wrote an article which was published in the Dutch magazine Horloges.

  • Hi
    I did the seminar last December and you can see the result of my job on top of this forum the avitor watch is my watch, more pictures are avaible on my web page I conplete agree whit Diederik, I immediatly felt as part of the family, under the instruction of Till and Franz make
    your watch is increble easy, any one will back home whit is own masterpice. And also if I don’t speek any word of German this was no problem at all.

  • Martin

    I was together with Vittorio in the December (08) seminar, in fact we where the only 2 Dutch people but this was not a problem at all. Both Till and Franz know how to create a good atmosphere in which you learn a lot, have great fun and go home with a truly unique watch. As Willem warns on his web site, your own hand build watch most likely will become your favorite one to wear. So I can only recommend not to wait any longer and book a seminar, you’ll enjoy it.

  • Ktkevintan

    Is the course conducted in English language?

    • Hmm, the watchmakers are German, but they will probably be able to teach you in English.