Having recently rescued some sorely abused collets after acquiring yet another lathe, Chris is now swimming in a sea of collets. He and Jon discuss various tools, blackest black ink, hyperwhite paint, watch photography, and movement finishing.

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Over-polished Bevel

Episode 86

Chris and Jon continue their discussion of finishing techniques, as well as custom tools, and specialized work holding techniques.

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Mill of Theseus

Episode 85

Chris and Jon are back recording after lockdown. They discuss the first-documented watch produced in Canada, which Jon recently performed some conservation work on, Chris’ many machine woes, and what constitutes a perfect finish.

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Playing with light. From eccentric applications of phosphorescence to designing guilloché patterns in Excentro, Jon and Chris discuss a number of new releases and prototypes in progress.

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An off-hand remark from Jon leaves Chris‘ lathe in pieces. The duo also get into what just might be the most expensive liquid on earth, as well as the exciting results of Chris’ latest casting experiment.

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Using the Hive Mind

Episode 82

Chris and Jon discuss joining the 21st Century, some interesting dial experiments for Project Minotaur, and Chris’ change of (mechanical) heart.

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Chris and Jon discuss the standing desk and standing watchmaker’s bench Chris has made, as well as Jon’s attempts to automate himself.

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A new year comes with reflections on last year’s themes, and new themes for 2021. Chris and Jon also discuss where they are in the process of building Project Minotaur.

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The Shop is a Tool

Episode 79

It’s been a year since Chris and Rich moved into their new studio. Chris and Jon talk about the ups and downs of the first year, what has changed, and how it has affected our work.

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High-end Art

Episode 78

Chris and Jon discuss case making ideas and techniques, Christian Lass’ prototype reveal, and Dufour’s phenomenal success at auction. Plus Off Hours merch is now available 🎉

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Paul Burberry

Episode 77

Chris and Jon are joined by precision machinist, vintage pen restorer, and pen maker, Paul Burberry.

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Jon Chris discuss the first chips made on Project Minotaur, using the new wobble stick, and what the next steps are in the process of making their first watch caliber.

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