As Baselworld 2016 continues in full swing, Luxury Society sits down with a watchmaker from LVMH subsidiary Zenith for an insight into the team that makes the brand tick.
Zenith has an enviable history in the watchmaking sector, as one of the Swiss watch manufacturers which still produces its own movements in-house and is renown for the quality and precision of their watches.
But behind the brand’s reputation and key to its success is the team of watchmakers who tirelessly innovate behind-the-scenes to yield the company’s high-quality creations.
Here, we take a few minutes to chat to Celebi Birgul – part of the Zenith watchmaking team since 2011 – about her art.
“ This profession was definitely for me, because it implies a love of meticulous and rigorous mechanics ”
How did you become interested in watchmaking?
I began taking an interest in watches during my last year of secondary school. I realised via the watchmaking studies in which my close friends were enrolled that this profession was definitely for me, because it implies a love of meticulous and rigorous mechanics.
Could you tell us about the watchmaking schools and watchmaking carriers in Switzerland?
To work in the watch industry today you need to have the appropriate vocational training, starting by earning a CFC (Certificat Fédéral de Capacité), which entitles you to start working directly for a watch company or to continue studying for the diplôme supérieur d’horlogerie. This industry offers fine prospects provided you are disciplined, motivated, methodical and want to develop in order to carve out a good career.
“ It’s stressful when you come up against problems during the assembly process ”
When and how did you cross paths with Zenith?
My adventure with Zenith began in March 2011, when I was hired as a watchmaker-corrector in T2. I now hold the position of watchmaker in the Haute Horlogerie department.
What are the fun parts and hard parts of being a watchmaker?
The pleasure you get from this work is when you finish assembling a watch and it runs perfectly, although it’s more stressful when you come up against problems during the assembly process that prevent such smooth operation.
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