GIVEAWAY: Travel To Geneva, Build An In-House Frederique Constant, Keep The Watch

GIVEAWAY: Travel To Geneva, Build An In-House Frederique Constant, Keep The Watch

First Place Prize

aBlogtoWatch and Swiss watch maker Frederique Constant present you with a very special giveaway opportunity. This month you can win an all-expenses paid trip to Geneva, Switzerland to visit the Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture. There you will sit with their watch makers and construct an in-house made Frederique Constant manufacture movement and watch all by yourself. And as a little souvenir, you'll get to keep your new self-made timepiece. On top of that, I will be going with you to share in the experience. There are also second and third-place prizes.

Frederique Constant began producing their own in-house made movements a few years ago. Some of those movements are also in Alpina watches which are built under the same roof. The winner will have some choice as to what watch they'd like to assemble. This is a rare, once in a lifetime opportunity for most people and I am happy to give aBlogtoWatch readers a chance to experience it.

Prior experience is not necessary, but those of you who enter should feel comfortable enough with their hands to perform the careful task of putting a watch movement together. You'll be building one of Frederique Constant's in-house made and designed movements under expert instruction -and I will be there as well building one with you.

When is the trip and how long will it take? You'll need to be available in May of 2013 for about five days total including travel time. All travel details will be arranged for you and because people will need to arrange for the time off, we will work with your schedule during the month of May 2013 to find the best time. The winner also agrees in advance that their name and likeness can potentially be used for promotional purposes by aBlogtoWatch and Frederique Constant. That basically means we reserve the right to publish details about the experience as well as shoot video.

Second & Third Place Prizes

We aren't done yet, there is more. In addition to the first prize (the trip), second and third place winners can win Frederique Constant or Alpina watches. The second and third prize winners will get to choose from a selection of popular new Frederique Constant or Alpina timepieces such as the Classics Manufacture, Extreme Diver, Aviation Chronograph, and more based on manufacturer availability. Each will be valued at between about $1,500 - $3,000 depending on your choice of model. Enter below for a chance to win one of these great prizes and happy holidays from aBlogtoWatch and Frederique Constant.

To Enter You Must:

1. Comment on this post below (on aBlogtoWatch.com, not Facebook or elsewhere you might see this article) before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required. In the body of your comment mention what part of watch making interests you the most and why this experience to go build a watch sounds appealing to you.

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3. Wait until the giveaway is over on December 31, 2012 for the winner to be chosen at random.

A couple of basic rules. You can only enter once. You must comment with a valid e-mail address where you can be reached. Your comment must be confirmed and approved. You must complete the objectives to be considered. You are responsible for providing your contact shipping information if you are chosen. Shipping restrictions to non US entrants may apply based on sponsor's policies. Giveaway watch selection based on sponsor's inventory and watch availability. All comments made after the end of the giveaway period will not be considered. If you are chosen as a winner you then have 24 hours to ensure receipt of your full shipping information or an alternative winner will be chosen. For the full terms and conditions, please click here.

Good luck, and thanks to Frederique Constant the sponsor of the holiday 2012 watch and trip giveaway here on aBlogtoWatch.com!

  • andrewartajos

    I like to join this because it’s a great opportunity to surround myself with the expert watchmakers and learn all the details that goes into a single timepiece. I’d like to see how the jewels are installed in a mehanical watch.

  • webmichl

    I would like to see in real life how all this little parts work together to finally tell me the accurate time.

  • AlexDanzig

    After watching a movement get assembled at the vienna time last month I’d love to see how the escapement and balance wheel are put together in detail. And once put together: how the involved pieces get adjusted to get the right beat out of it. For me thats the most interesting part about a mechanical watch. that really is a great give-away

  • MarkCarson

    Luck of the draw willing, I’m in! This would be incredibly fun. I’ve been into design of cases, hands and dials, but assembling a movement would be a treat. Especially without the fear factor of screwing something up. Bring a watch to life would be most rewarding (as Dr. Frankenstein would say – “IT’S ALIVE!!!”). 
    I applaud Frederique Constant for this offer and I think their watches offer good value and are something the average WIS  can aspire to owning and would be proud to wear (whether they build it themselves or not).

  • kayhjoo

    An old tradition still existing today is fascinating and getting to visit a company to build one’s own watch with the help of professionals would be wonderful.

  • http://watchestowear.blogspot.com ryvius777

    Assembling my own watch has been a dream of mine for years. To be able to do so at an in-house manufacture under the watchful eyes of skilled watchmakers is simply out of this world.

  • http://www.rynomatic.com Rynomatic

    Please count me in for this fantastic giveaway.
    What has always intrigued me about watchmaking is the innovation and micro engineering it takes to develop such amazing complications.  It seems that the bar is set higher and higher every year.  Being a new watch blogger myself, this opportunity would be a once in a lifetime dream of mine.  What an amazing giveaway, major kudos to aBlogtoWatch and Frederique Constant for offering such a generous prize.  
    I have my fingers crossed!  I sure hope I place in this!
    Ryan Farrokhi

  • OndrejpapiBerkus

    Count me im, as a watchmaker, this is a fantastic opportunity and i’d love to take a look there. 
    Ondrej

  • AnthonySturley

    As a watchmaker this sounds like an interesting trip.  The most interesting part of the watch from my perspective is the escapement. This area is the one with the most problems (adjusting the hairspring etc) and the most precise and interesting to oil.  It can be frustrating at times, but to work on the beating heart of the watch is a challenge and a joy nearly every time.  With the variations in the form of weight adjustments, screw adjustments, breguet over-coil,  Co-axial and torubillons the escapement has enough to interest and fascinate any watchmaker.

  • EranR

    I’ve been a fan of FC for years, and own a couple of their fine watches – a Carree Heartbeat and the limited edition Healey Chrono. Getting a 3rd watch, actually build by me would be… well, a very nice addition to the collection, and a great experience no doubt! Already ‘liked’ both ABTW and FC facebook pages a while ago, all that’s left to do now is wait till December 31st…

  • hronists

    The magic moment when you put balance wheel in place and watch starts ticking.

  • martin_2705

    The building of such complex mechanisms in so small cases is what makes watchmaking so attractive to me…. So many little components, but all dependent on the others ! Remarkable !
    This experience sounds very appealing because I love beautiful watches (admire them) but do not own one :( This would be the occasion of getting my own !!

  • falon

    Wow! The beating-heart of a mechanical movement is such a fascinating marvel. I’ve always wanted to try playing watchmaker myself.

  • ThomasTJ

    This is the ultimate pesonalized watch. Yeah, I went to the factory in Geneva, witnessed & took part in the whole construction process. Awesome idea from Frederique Constant!

  • JoelH

    At the age of 7 I told my father what my future occupation would be – a watchmaker! Still haven’t found my self in this position and most likely I won’t end up as my childhood dream – but this opportunity might just be what will make a child’s dream come true… 😉
    The chance to be able to place each little part together and end up with the beauty of a piece of exceptionally personal Frederique Constant is truly and utterly amazing.

  • Snoprojman

    Wow! What an amazing opportunity to be part of something great! As many have already said, I have wanted to be a watchmaker for a long time and spend all my spare time thinking about watches and what I would do if I could build them myself. My favorite part about watchmaking is the micro-mechanics and the engineering that go into such small objects. If I were to win this great adventure it could really be the first giant leap towards me reaching my goal of becoming a watchmaker! Fingers crossed… and toes too!

  • Luis Guilherme Menezes

    Wow! Amazing! The design concept and the movement I guess are the most interesting parts of the process. It’s a one in a lifetime experience. For a guy who reads the blog everyday, this december giveaway is the best Santa’s gift one could get!

  • Walteryz

    I want to build a watch mechanism becuase this is the ultimate tool in knowing “seeing” with your own hands which is the true value of a mechanical handwatch. I’m intersted in seeing what implies a complication and how it’s executed.

  • slytwenty

    That is the best Giveaway I’ve ever seen!! As you put it, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually touch and be a part of what makes watchmaking so magical. Looking at a movement is like contemplation. The craftsmanship behind the design of every component, and how they are put together is truly mesmerizing. A mechanical watch is a testimony of Man’s ability to control time, and that goes way beyond technology, that is what speaks most to me in watchmaking. That being said, being able to get into a watchmaker’s shoes and build my own timepiece is like a dream come true! Thank you ablogtowatch for giving us this opportunity.

  • Ivan Krstin

    I am big fan of  Frederique Constant watches, and I think this is great oportunity to learn something new. I love mechanical watches, and I would like to make one together with watch makers from Frederique Constant. So count me in! Thank you Ablogtowatch!

  • http://Maximilien.org Maximilien

    Interesting! Putting together my own watch is dreamy… Hopefully it works and passes quality control tests. Getting balance wheel activated would be what I look for the most.

  • geeno

    As a big fan of watchmaking, this would be a dream come true ! Ariel, this is the best giveaway ever made :)
    Being taught how to assemble a movement and build a watch would be a fantastic. I’m interested by the whole process, from the design team to the assembly. 
    I’m not living far from Geneva so the travel wouldn’t cost much, so pick me 😉

  • ZachSaratlija

    What do I love about watchmaking? Everything! It’s what inspired me to become a apprentice watchmaker! everything from the final finishing on the dial to the curve on the hair spring. Every watch has something slightly different to show and the little surprises they give make me smile. to sum it up, EVERYTHING!

  • Markiemark85

    What appeals to me about watchmaking is that it is timeless. You know that someone has sat down and spent their time arranging all the small parts to make your horological masterpiece just like Breguet would have 230 years ago. Furthermore, if well kept, you can pass something that was important to you down the generations. Why building a watch sounds so appealing to me? I don’t care if you have a Rolex, Patek or Breguet…..how many of you can say you sat down and built your own watch. Now that’s a story to tell around over a few quiet ales!

  • Sampaio

    Not easy pointing out one thing to like in watchmaking. For me it has to be the moment where a bunch of static parts start to move and bring a movement to life on its own. Pretty magic for me. Of course this would be an opportunity of a lifetime to be able to see and actually assemble a movement. Curious, Frederique Constant has a watchcalled heart beat, that is what i want to see happening. The start of the first heartbeat.

  • Shannon7

    What a fabulous competition. Having the opportunity to build your very own watch for any watch lover is the ultimate. 
    Having messed around with watches and watch movements over the past 30 years (took my fathers watch apart at age 10, got it back together, but it was never quite the same) I think the best part is seeing what all those tiny parts grow into once a beautiful movement is complete. If the movement then works for more than 24 hours that’s a triumph for me.
    Good luck everyone.

  • drwmak

    Where do you begin?!? It would be a complete dream come true to have an experience like this.  For me, watch making and watches in general is the pinnacle of where art, design, style & engineering meet. I love watches of all kinds, from the all plastic quartz swatch, right through to the grandest of complicated automatics.
    What got me excited about the world of watches particularly though is the amazing centuries old craftsmanship of the purely mechanical and infinitely intricate machines that we take for granted on a daily basis. The achievement of creating a device that is self powered yet that can tame such a complex yet universally accepted concept such as time drives me to want to know more and ultimately see me make my own watch.

  • Markiemark85

    What appeals to me about watchmaking is that it is timeless. You know that someone has sat down and spent their time arranging all the small parts to make your horological masterpiece just like Breguet would have 230 years ago. Furthermore, if well kept, you can pass something that was important to you down the generations. Why building a watch sounds so appealing to me? I don’t care if you have a Rolex, Patek or Breguet…..how many of you can say you sat down and built your own watch. Now that’s a story to tell over a few quiet ales!

  • Kunisman

    The part of watchmaking that fascinates me the most is the combination of old techniques with new materials/designs as you see in some new independent brands as MB&F and Hublot to mention a few.
    The experience to build a watch for me sounds amazing, mainly for the self control and state of mind (not to mention eyesight) required to build such an intricate machine.

  • Omjlc

    Fantastic giveaway. Well done Ablogtowatch. How a mechanical watch manages to keep such accurate time is the part that most interests me. The chance to form the shape, look, colour, size and weight of a watch and to give such a piece a beating heart, The chance to build a watch sounds like the next best thing to creating a life

  • Omjlc

    Fantastic giveaway. Well done Ablogtowatch. How a mechanical watch manages to keep such accurate time is the part that most interests me. The chance to form the shape, look, colour, size and weight of a watch and to give such a piece a beating heart, sounds like the next best thing to creating a life.

  • Tananu

    The part of watch making which appeals to me the most, is the design and finishing of the watch face itself. Great design, incorporating the balance of aesthetics, form and function lift a watch from a mechanical time machine, to the level of true functional art. The selection of markers, hand shapes, finish of the face and details around the dial are a true expression of the watch makers art over and above the engineering accomplishments of a great movement.
    The opportunity to travel to Geneva to not only observe, but partake in the watch making experience is a chance to encounter the intersection between precision engineering and functional art.

  • Wherezat

    I can really appreciate the fact that quality craftsmanship in watchmaking can produce an item that will last a lifetime and more even though the size of the item and it’s components would seem to be able to only withstand a limited life of use.  The opportunity to have the level of input on a quality piece would not only allow for the winner to have a wonderful heirloom for their family but, in a small way,  a personal gift for each future recipient.  Wonderful contest idea.

  • kowloon

    I’m playing for my husband, he loves watchmaking , and if I win it will be a very nice present to him!

  • hippyfu

    What an opportunity! The best part of watchmaking is the craftsmanship and passion involved in putting it together.

  • vferrava

    As a kid I use to take watches apart. I would very much like to know how to put them together.

  • MarcAlberts

    This may be a bad place to admit it, but I love watches yet know virtually nothing about how they work.  I would love to win just to learn more.

  • Thischarmingman

    That final moment, when the last vital element of the complex mechanical puzzle is assembled and the watch comes to life before your eyes.

  • Tango45

    Amazing opportunity to experience something really rare and, well, who else can say they built the luxury watch they’re wearing. Count me in!

  • Tango45

    I would love to see how all the pieces really work together to keep accurate time. And, of course, bringing the creation to life for the first time.

  • fiossa

    Awesome prize! I have put together my own 6497 before and that was a lot of fun. Hope I win this!

  • indra1133

    Wow. What a great giveaway! As a designer and budding watch collector, my dream is to one day design my own watch, so my favourite part of the watchmaking process is the conceptual stage. I can’t think of anything more exciting than to actually put together a timepiece under the expert tutelage of the Frederique Constant watchmakers. What a great opportunity.
    Be great to visit the country of my birth too!

  • gsxrboy

    For me, this would be the most magnificent prize, not only do I absolutely, totally want a FC watch because of their amazing workmanship and style but because of what they stand for, in house movements at an astonishingly reasonable price. To get to make my very own would be an amazing opportunity, to see and craft a watch from scratch, in house, the Frederique Constant way. Every detail is what draws me to this prize and opportunity, every cog, spring and element of history. I could then go and show and tell my story to an apprentice watch maker I asked about FC watches in his shop. He didn’t have the range but he fell in love with them when I told him about their in house movements too. My mum was born in the country as well!

  • evander40

    What a fantastic contest. I would love to get a greater appreciation for how watches work and are assembled and this seems like an excellent chance to do that. The aspect of watchmaking that interests me most is getting a first hand view of how all of these highly engineered components fit together to produce a system that is both precise and visually appealing. Thanks FC and ablogtowatch for this great contest.
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  • epicpro71

    Being a watch enthusiast means fascination for the workings of such precise movements as that of a timepiece. What a great opportunity you have given all of us to get a chance to live a dream. That Frederique Constant is a brand I respect and admire is a bonus. Good luck to all!

  • DavidJGreenspun

    For so many armchair horologists, this is the grail of giveaways, the Serengeti of Safaris, and the Everest of Mountaintops.  Thank you so much for the opportunity.  I know the contest is open to 18+, but my dream would be to see my 16yr old son at Swiss Watchmakers bench.  For years, his vision has been set on a future in Watchmaking, and I can’t imagine an experience like this without seeing it through his eyes.

  • Blacklidge

    What an extraordinary opportunity, Frederique Constant manufactures very beautiful watches at incredible prices. I have always been amazed at the manufacturing techniques and technologies that empower these watch companies to create these mini machines. To get an opportunity to assemble (in theory) a watch of your own would be truly special.

  • markheftler

    The most interesting part I feel would be the development areas that have been built up around high end watchmaking. I imagine they’re done in some sort of clean rooms to keep the watch interiors from having contaminants admitted. It would be a wild experience to work in one of those.

  • JDCronin

    This sounds like a great experience! My favorite part would be learning how everything fits together, and how different movements work and compare to each other. The history involved in learning from and visiting a watch maker in Geneva is extremely appealing.

  • JeffLeggett

    Hikerguy@jeffleggett.com I’m fascinated by mechanical movements and only collect manufacturer made. To see and work on a real manufacturer movement is a fantasy come true

  • cshepley

    Having cased a few watches, I’m really interested in seeing how assembly and regulation are done. This is appealing to my WIS tendencies.

  • Ulysses31

    Damn, what a prize O_O.  I’m probably most interested in the machining and finishing of parts.  The extreme precision with which this is done is amazing and often baffling.

  • RichardCoburn

    This is an amazing gift and I would love to win and be able to see all the miniature precision pieces come together to bring life to the watch, to get up close with the parts and process would be amazing.    I am a mechanical designer but my day job has me working on boring sheet metal parts and plastic pieces, I love mechanical watches and would thoroughly enjoy this experience

  • TAGDUDE

    This is the holy grail for amateur horologists like myself – building your very own mechanical watch,  cherishing  it for a life time and passing this down as a family heirloom.  The most fascinating part of this experience would be to take dozens of lifeless metal pieces, assemble them in a  precise sequence and then miraculously see them all moving in unison and beating life into mechanical machine that is truly an engineering wonder of miniaturization and human ingenuity.

  • joshuamaxkatz

    What an absolute treat; i’d be in watch heaven!

  • DerekShiekhi

    The part of watch making that interests me the most is casing up the movement and putting the finishing touches on the enttire watch itself, like polishing and bracelet/strap fitting.  This experience appeals to me because I love watches, but I’ve never worked on one before.  Plus, an in-house movement is a very special thing and being able to say I had a hand in making the watch I’m wearing is irresistable.

  • antisa

    Im interested most in predesing and movement design. Also see how FC assembe small parts in one movement. I would love to see manufacture and get to know better with its history of watchmaking, development and collections. While I will be in Geneve I would love to see museums of watchmaking.

  • tschleich

    Good lord! Where to start… The most interesting part of watchmaking for me is the movement. My chosen profession was embedded systems software; specifically using very small systems to accomplish complicated tasks. A watch movement is virtually a mechanical version of the same thing. Travelling to Switzerland to assemble a watch would simply be outstanding. The most appealing thing to me is the opportunity to observe/participate in an environment at what is easily one of the best watchmakers in the world in a place synonymous with quality watchmaking. This opportunity is simply outstanding.

  • http://www.armentas.com armenta

    Well this would be a dream come true for me. I have become so enamored with all things concerning timepieces. Hindsight being twenty-twenty I thing that I would have liked to become a horologist. Now in my early thirties, I’m thinking that ship has sailed, however I would love the opportunity to at least pretend for a week. Not only would I like to see the entire workflow of how a mechanical watch is made, but I would like to learn about the history surrounding the various parts / mechanisms. For example, what accidental discovery led to a certain spring, or cog, and how it transformed the history of watchmaking. This love of watches is no frivolous thing for me, it is a passion that I know I will have for life.

  • berniesiao

    Assembly of the movement would be most interesting!

  • jaydub_

    This looks like an awesome win!!!

  • pvart

    What a fantastic giveaway!  And the second and third place prizes are incredibly generous.  I would love to see and experience how a movement is made.  It has always fascinated me how every small part of a mechanical movement can be so precisely made and assembled in order to keep accurate time.

  • Bob Sebastian

    This is such an incredible opportunity! I can’t believe this something I could actually get to do. As electronics more and more drive the world, I feel there is nothing like the art of the machine. And nothing embodies that more than the mechanical watch. The opportunity to create this precision instrument and then get to keep it, to wear it, is what I would look forward to most.

  • RamojusReimeris

    The most exciting part is the small scale engineering covered by the outstanding piece of art – that makes a watch distinguishing from others.

  • Jetman89

    This is definitely the best watch contest I have ever seen.  Would love to learn about making a movement!

  • shiranduarte

    Watchmaking is like the perfect mix of humanities and sciences, as we put together pure engineering and pure art just perfectly. What interest me the most is the chance of being personally responsible for bringing to life a great work of art.

  • Tarak

    Props to Frederique Constant to allow this very unique opportunity for us, the watch lovers. The part of watch making that interests me is no doubt, the balance spring. Its a very fascinating part of the watch and I found mesmerized by its ability to keep the watch running without slightest interruption despite its very fragile nature. Anyway, best of luck for everyone who enters the competition and an early congratulation to whoever wins it :)

  • wujuboy

    I would love to win this contest, seeing how mechanical movements are made is an art form in its self. I would like to be able to speak to the watchmakers and ask quesitons. Plus I hear the women in Switzerland are smokin hot, you guys.

  • Tapman

    In an age where the choice of watches is amazing, the range of options from boutique to mainstream watchmakers is amazing. Also the choice is made doubly hard when many (non inhouse) movements are mere adaptations of standard and commonly used movements.I am fascinated by the complete finishing of a watch, the specific design cues that make one watch standout more than some very similar watches-that (as the French say) “Je ne saia quoi”Each brand must continually face often a difficult balance between staying true a brand identity while also so remaining modern and relevant. I look at the remake of the IWC Mark XVII and it’s an excellent example, they have made subtle changes to make it modern and fresh and yet it is unmistakably loyal to the pilot design cue of the Mark XVI. Like many Apple products- you have to admire how well they have done the evolution. The Rolex Explorer another genius modernization- simple and subtle difference between the Rolex Explorer 114270 vs 214270 but once you see the new one you think WOW!! So I am excited to see how they do that at Frederique Constant.Going to the Frederique Constant factory would be a dream come true. I would love to see first hand how they design the watches, from idea to production. How they decide which model will have which features and how they keep true to the values of “Design, Quality and innovation”

  • Racerseven

    I very much enjoy taking engines apart and rebuilding them, I have a feeling I would love the process of building a movement…

  • johnro6659

    Both are already liked on my FB page. Frederique Constant makes some of my favorite designs. Their Tourbillon is a watch I have been hoping to get one of these days.  
    This would be a dream come true for me to build my own Frederique Constant and a great thing to pass down thru the family! I already tinker with watches taking the apart movements on broken ones, putting them back together and when I wind them and they work again it’s like bringing a bunch of inanimate parts to life. It’s such a satisfying feeling. I love every aspect of watch making and design. The more complicated the watch the more I like them and the more I would love to build something so intricate that will last forever.

  • stelakos

    i would be glad to see how this awesome company manufuctures its automatic watches and learn from expert watchmakers.the most intresting part is assembling the parts to bring the watch finnaly to life!

  • LapYoda

    I’m not a watchmaker, but I get to use my hands every day as a surgeon.  I have long been fascinated by all things mechanical, from cars to watches, and I marvel at the precision of engineering and assembly required to make these machines perform their tasks reliably every day.  I would love to get the chance to assemble a watch (and have toyed with the idea of doing it on my own), but to do so with the tutelage of master watchmakers and get to keep the fruits of my labor – well, how can I pass that up?

  • SeanOng

    I think of watchmaking as one of the earliest expressions of engineering as art. The beautiful interplay of creating energy with incredibly fine moving parts and utilizing that energy efficiently to measure something as intangible as time; it is sublime. I would love to build my own watch. Nothing is as appreciated or as worthy of appreciation as what is created with one’s own hands.Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. – Franklin D Roosevelt.

  • torps

    I’m a student at the top watchmaking school in the states so this contest sounds like an incredible opportunity.

  • mezzeddine

    What a great opportunity. Would love to do this.

  • grog

    Have grown to love mechanical watches thanks to sites like Ariel’s.  What a thrill it would be to visit the home of watchmaking!

  • GStuck

    The part of watchmaking that interests me and inspires awe, is the movement.  Sure cases, hands, dials, crowns, and watch bands all attribute to overall aesthetics and function, but the movement really shows off the craftsmanship of watchmaking.  Being able to create a combination of wheels, cogs, gears, and springs that intertwine to keep track of time is nothing short of miraculous(at least in the mechanical world).  So being able to see this in the flesh, and then being able to keep it would be a true watch fan experience and treasure.

  • articblade

    Frederique Constant recently caught my attention with their new and affordable worldtimer watch. I have always been fascinated by watches since young and aspire to learn the art of watchmaking. I think what is most challenging is the engineering required to optimize all the complication and keeping accurate timing as well as the attention to detail and steady hand required to piece together such a complicated device together. Really hope to get a chance to be involved in the whole process :)

  • DrWombat

    This is an amazing opportunity. I have always been fascinated by the motion and intricacy of the gears on watches and the chance to put together such a quality watch would be fantastic.

  • dnmeehan

    I love the intricacies of watchmaking, the exactness and precision. I would love to win this trip, or one of the runner-up prizes. Horology just absolutely fascinates me.

  • GeoffBot

    Sounds superb!  I’ve just completed level 1 of TZ watchschool and have my own tools – I’d absolutely love this.  FC watches are great – classic designs, in-house movements and excellent excellent value for money – I will definitely get one one day.  Watchmaking is a wonderfully mechanical experience in a very digital world – it fascinates me.

  • vmarks

    What’s so amazing about the Worldtimer is that all of the functions can be operated by the crown. There aren’t any pushers or bezels to twist, and no secondary crowns to turn parts of the face. It’s really quite an achievement. The incredible thing about this opportunity is that it’s a dream come true for so many of us timepiece fans.
    The very idea that a person would be sent to Switzerland, work alongside craftsman, getting their assistance and assembling a watch would be enough for many of us. The idea that you get to keep the watch is almost an unexpected bonus. See, it depends where you place the value – on the education or on owning the timepiece.

  • Hadzi Dalibor

    Once a friend asked me whether I would like to be a watchmaker? Of course I’d love to!I never had a chance to see how to create a movement, and in particular to see the decoration of the movement! Maybe now I’ll get lucky! Regardless of who is going to go on this trip, thank you Frederique Constant!

  • auzzieB

    I’m fascinated by the moment that the watchmaker seals the final gasket and the watch transforms into a single coherent timepiece. I’ve always wanted to be there for that moment and that’s why this trip interests me.

  • tijdzone

    What I like the most about watch making is the satisfied feeling you get once the watch is succesfully assembled, adjusted and finished. The whole process contribute to your inner peace.I am in my second year of the watchmaking school in the Netherlands and the opportunity to build a high-end Swiss manufacture Frederique Constant movement will be a great and unique experience to put on my CV to become a skillful watchmaker.

  • MartyHardin

    I recently received 2 watches after the passing of my father. His daily worn Rolex Datejust, and my late, great uncle’s Hamilton Pacer. Over the years he taught me to appreciate the craft of watchmaking. Dad would have loved nothing more than to sit at the bench of a master, asking questions and watching the instrument coming together.
    The thought of being able to go, not only to see the Master Craftsmen of Frederique Constant at work, but also being able to work along side them to create a watch that I assembled to be handed down to one of my grandchildren along with the other watches from our family’s heritage is an awesome thought. Too often, we forget that device we wear on our arm is more than an accessory – it becomes woven into the fabric of who we are to our friends and family. When I look at my dad’s watch, in many ways, he is with me. 
    To who or whomever receives this prize, remember you will not only be making a watch, you will be making a tangible vestige of yourself that will live well beyond you to become a legacy in your family’s heritage. A part of you that lives on. 
    Good luck to you all.

  • Tolkienfan67

    As being a newcomer into luxury watches, I feel this experience could further my appreciation for the skilled artisans that create beautiful timepieces everyday at Frederique Constant. I love to tinker with older broken watches and fix them and see the history behind these timepieces. The intricacies and detail every watchmaker creates is a piece of art and should be appreciated by all the manufacturer, the seller, and definitely the buyer. The most appealing part of watchmaking for me is the craftsmanship and the history that people do not look at and say this is unique for our world today. Today we are up to our eyebrows in digital technology. Timepieces and the craftsmanship behind the timepieces are a reminder that we may look at our past and remeber how the world had survived for centuries without digital clocks. In final it is nice to see that Frederique Constant and Alpine care about their customers so much that they would invite inexperienced fans into their workshops and create a timepiece. If I do not win I will still be grateful to have entered this great giveaway

  • AleksBak

    I would love to make my own custom watch. ITs been a dream for the past 10 years.
    When i was a kid i assembled an electronic clock and now its time for a mechanical watch.

  • carolyn h

    I am a medical illustrator. I’ve always loved precise small exquisite art. I am actually most interested in the creation and refining of the individual mechanical parts – all so tiny, yet each must work in perfect harmony with hundreds of adjacent parts. 
    Wow Ariel- best give away ever!

  • tresd

    What an amazing giveaway!  The artistry of watchmakers has fascinated me for years.  Each timepiece is a work of art combined with amazing precision.  It would be fascinating to see the process in person.  No matter who wins it will be a trip that is never forgotten.

  • hartwagle

    Watches are one of the few places where the mechanisms as well as the outer shell are works of art. I would love to see how those two elements are combined.

  • danwallach

    This would be a lot of fun, particularly if you could customize things and get a unique piece.

  • ILUVAUTOMATICS

    I’m really interested in learning how watchmakers design watches and then take a design concept and make it reality by fabricating, machining the components, and assembling the watch.  It would be fascinating to meet the people at Frederique Constant that make all this happen and have a chance to see how they do this.  This experience would give me a fantastic opportunity to learn more about something that I love which is automatic watches.  Also, what better company than Ariel Adams to enjoy the experience with.  Thanks Frederique Constant and a Ablog to Watch for sponsoring this.

  • MikeLacroix

    Even before getting into watches was already fascinated by the ‘clean’ lines of the FC. Already am planning to get GD’s book on watch making and this post came up..how timely. Building a watch is the ultimate step up in horology as a hobby!

  • NWP

    This sounds like the trip of a lifetime for a watch collector. I love watches and have been collecting and wearing my collection for years but never considered making my own watch. To me what’s inside a watch case is “pure miniaturized magic” and the thought of building one a Herculean feat at best. Having a chance to take on this challenge, under the direction of experts, is the “stuff that dreams are made of.”

  • mluke

    This would be my dream watch geek trip, build my own Swiss watch!! I’ve tinkered ( successfully and unsuccessfully) with making minor watch repairs, but to actually build a movement and assemble a watch in Geneva, absolutely awesome!

  • LUW

    I’ve always considered Frederique Constant as one of those nice brands with a fantastic bang-for-the-buck quality; they have some exquisite time pieces, with a terrific level of craftsmanship at a price that a lot of people can afford. And like (I think) every watch enthusiast, I always dreamed about making or at least servicing my own watches. So the opportunity to me myself make a Frederique Constant watch is something out of this world! I did enter a few of these give-away contests before, but honestly, this one is the absolute best prize I could ever win!

  • kronos7

    Watches have been a passion of mine for many years now. I have even looked into going to watchmaking school because of my strong interest in the mechanics of timekeeping. It would be a dream come true for me to build my own watch…in Switzerland, no less. Also being a drummer, timekeeping is a required part of my life.

  • mackbakker

    Ever since my grandfather gave me his old Omega Seamaster I have been fascinated by the heart of every watch.  To be able to construct my own timepiece and from the ground up would be a dream come true.  My favorite part of watch making is the design of the movement.  To be able to construct a solid movement that looks as beautiful as most Swiss watches do is so inspiring.  This trip would be the culmination of every watch lovers dream.  It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity that wouldn’t be lost on anyone who wins.

  • JavierLopez

    In my opinion even though the manufacturing of the pieces, is almost an art form, I’ve always found the assembling part as the most interesting and an awe-inspiring process in watch making. The skills required are not common and requires a lot of concentration, if I have the opportunity and am able to assemble the watch, I would not be so impressed with my ”abilities” but with the patience and good teaching skills of the professionals at Frederique Constant

  • niosnevets

    I’ve been a big fan of Frederique Constant watches for a few years now…even chose a Persuasion Heart Beat Date watch to wear for my wedding about a year ago.   There’s something about that visible part of the date complication and movement that makes it such nice looking dress watch.
    The part of the watchmaking process that interests me the most is probably the final assembly of the movement into the case – it would be great to see exactly how the “heartbeat” finally gives life to the overall watch.  As for why the experience of building a watch would be sounds appealing,  I’ve never been into cars, but I’ve become OBSESSED with watches, and to have the opportunity to building one with the guidance of those from a brand that I love would truly give me an appreciation of watches that I can pass onto others (not to mention one hell of a cool story to tell :-)).

  • MohamedHamouda

    This is really the one-of-a-kind give away that I’ve ever seen. As the CEO of KanaryLuxuryWatches.com, I would love to experience this amazing trip and win this unique watch. Wish all good luck. kanary@kanary.net

  • SDSU_MSBA

    The most fascinating part of watchmaking is ability to put a small mechanical movement into space that relatively constrained by the size of one’s wrist. Watchmaking one of the few crafts that fundamentally didn’t change over the century…Yes, pocket watches became wrist watches (i am not counting quartz and solar power movements), but overall mechanical movements to a large extend didn’t change. Experiencing what watchmakers have been doing 100 years ago and today is pretty amazing and certainly once in a lifetime experience.
    Thanks for keeping this blog..I enjoy reading it daily…Thank YOU!

  • http://www.scottdawson.ca/ scttdwsn

    This has to be the best giveaway on Blog to Watch yet. Will probably sound cliche but the most interesting part about watchmaking is all of it. I think it would be amazing to put all those tiny pieces together into a work of art that ultimately ends up on your own wrist. This would be a once in a lifetime experience.

  • SparkyEOT

    I am most intrigued by the “soul” of the mechanics, the “ghost in the machine” as it might be called. The watchmaker putting his or her best into something that others will enjoy for many years to come.

  • NWHadleyRoma

    All facets of watchmaking take on the smallest of details but what intriges me the most is the design of the movement and the sum of the parts coming together to create something so precise. To be able to assemble and see and learn from a master would be insight into the time itself.

  • Vig2000

    Wow, Ariel, what a giveaway!  Absolutely awesome!  I recently started watch collecting this past year, and I love it!  I’m no horologist, but I’m in awe of how mechanical movements are made and assembled.  In my daily ventures through your blog, I see many movements, and I am just amazed by their beauty and complexity, especially those movements made in-house.  So that is my favorite part of watch making.  Aside from this, the experience of building my own watch is appealing because, like many, many watches out there, this is truly a unique opportunity that will most likely never happen again.  What an awesome contest!

  • JCCJR

    The beauty of watches is the machine inside. Yes great houses like Frederique Constant have done a wonderful job packaging and displaying the results of those “machines,” but the heart is still the moment. As someone who’s taken classes on basic clock repair, I can fully appreciate what a wonderful opportunity you and FC are presenting to us. Once in a lifetime indeed. Thanks for the chance to dream of being a Swiss watchmaker (if only for a few days!).

  • EvgeniKrumovKrumov

    Absolutely stunning. Making a watch is even more exciting than anything. I like classic watches and i guess the case is one of the most important things for me, the second is the dial – and the soul of the watch is like the nature of the human being – “I know that i don’t know” You can study and learn your whole life but you will never capture everything.. To be a part of Frederique Constant – to make a watch, to look inside of this tradition is going to be a life changing for me and my passion about watches. And last but not least – the couse that a watch is build – not only for making it but “how” and “why” – these are the most important questions. To save a life, to preserve and cherish it and appriciate it for generations to come – like a Watch to my son in future and his son.To  Frederique Constant and Ariel Adams Evgeni KrumovBulgaria, ShumenP.S.Credendo VidasTo see, you have to believe.

  • roblloyd23

    To me, the most part of building a watch is the intricate, fragile pieces and how they come together to create a tool used to measure something that is, quite literally, unbreakable.  It represents man’s place in the universe around him and his ability to reason to harness and control it.

  • GregHall

    well that will be a truly unique watch

  • johnrooke

    Are you Kidding Ariel???  Simply put, A CHANCE OF A LIFETIME!!!  Good Luck Everybody!!!

  • LordotU

    WOW!!! This is a AWESOME giveaway! Seriously, it is a great promo action from FC. Thanks.

  • AniKhloponina

    How  great!!! Actually, I have one timepiece by FC, and it’s absolutely great! I would love to see how they make their watches!

  • CR

    Dear Mr. Adams,Reasons to take me on your trip to Geneva.1. Experienced Traveler. I have lived in Spain and Slovakia. I have traveled to over 45 countries; this translates to a low maintenance travel companion. I will eat and drink whatever is provided. No complaints. No Ugly American to worry about with me. Blood sausage with Gruyere Cheese for breakfast, no problem, pass the mustard and a nice glass of fondu to wash it down.2. Philanthrope. I don’t mean this in the manner that I give money to charity. I cannot because of my addiction to watch collecting. As a philanthrope, I love all people. I am able to interact and relate with everyone. From the person driving me to Frederique Constant’s HQ to Mr. Stas himself. If a reception with Mr. stas is required, I will wear black tie if necessary, sip on my Old Fashioned (with Artic Velvet of course), and people will probably mistake me for Don Draper. However, if Mr. Stas prefers to share a 12 pack of Dutch beer on his boat (preferably Grolsch), then i will change into lederhosen and go alpine casual. I am a man for all occassions and a friend to all people.2. My age is perfect. 36 years old, good looking (according to my wife and mother). At this age I am a professional who is neither too young, nor too old for FC to use in their videos or promotional pictures. Let’s be honest FC doesn’t want someone who looks like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddy Shack, nor Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone 8. I would say I resemble a slightly younger Billy Baldwin.3. Watch enthusiast. I own watches from several major Swiss Brands, including Frederique Constant. My Freddie C does not have an in-house movement, therefore receiving an in-house watch from FC at the actual manufacturing site would be a dream come true. Actually making my own watch at FC, that is bucket list worthy. Next up would be ascending the Eigernordwand.4. Technical ability and interest in watchmaking. I own a business that sells hearing aids. I have spent 8 years in this industry and as a result have spent 1000’s of hours at my work bench with my tools trying to fix and repair hearing instruments. I enjoy making a tiny device work properly to the satisfaction of it’s owner. This is what I do every day, similar to mechanical watchmakers. I use some of the same tools a watchmaker does and I often sit at a stool trying to fix tiny little parts in a similar fashion to a watchmaker. So, spending several days listening about  arduous requirements and tasks will not be a waste on me. I am a dry sponge waiting to absorb swiss expertise. Ability to get time off for this trip is no problem either, I am my own boss. If Mr. Stas invites me to stay for another week to go skiing in St. Moritz, no problem.
    5. Future President of Ariel Adams Fan Club.
    Sincerely Yours,Colin Riordan (Possible Future Passenger for flights DL 32 and DL 9618)
    colin.riordan@gmail.com

  • Oetang

    I would consider it a dreamtrip like a child visiting disneyland probably, first of the once in a life time experience constructing a movement, it would be a huge upgrade comparing this to my only experience wrecking old movements with my poor toolset. And afterswards actually receiving the watch.. well it would not only be my most luxurious watch I’d ever own but probably one that won’t leave my watchbox ever, maybe wear it in the house on special occasions:) ariel, thanks for this giveaway!

  • Dan Melcher

    Great contest! The part of watch making that interests me the most is in how the watch stores the energy from movement or winding and then releases it in a controlled fashion for extremely efficient and precise movements of the hands. The opportunity to build a watch with you in Geneva is very appealing to me because it is a once in a lifetime opportunity to sit with the masters at Frederique Constant to observe and experience the craftsmanship and design that goes into these mechanical masterpieces.

  • ToddMichaelJ

    The part of the watch making process that interests me the most would be understanding the how a person could take and manipulate components that are so small, with incredibly critical dimensions.
    Awesome contest!

  • Apdl

    This is very awesome!
    The most interesting thing to me beyond the precision engineering that goes into making a watch is, the absolutely beautiful finishing on the movement! I would love to see it come togeather!
    See ya there Ariel 
    Andrew

  • jcb

    what a brilliant prize. I’d love to make my own watch (well at least be involved in the process)

  • RobertSch

    Creating a watch is an opportunity that does not happen very often. Working with a quality outfit like Frederique ConstNt makes it even better. Very creative giveaway. Well done.

  • Grazorray

    I am intrigued by the notion of making my own watch and of course the opportunity  to to get an insight into how its all put together, with the numerous miniature components that allow a timepiece to operate is very exciting.

  • MarkOs

    Hi Ariel,
    Great prize, as a person with OCD tendences the attention to detail to make a watch should be right up my street, perhaps a new career if the whole fixing teeth thing does not work out !
    Mark

  • JohnMullen2

    Very cool idea!

  • nils444

    I’d love to see a watch on my arm that I have created with my own hands. Seeing the little pieces come together to build an instrument of precision is simply awesome.

  • Invic

    What a great giveaway. I’m always overwhelmed by the whole watch scene on the retail level when in Switzerland. It would truly be intriguing to build the movement of my own watch and have the opportunity to see the entire manufacturing process itself.

  • AEC

    What an incredible oportunity! I think the part about watchmaking that interests me the most is putting together an excapement, without it a watch wouldn’t be a watch, and it is so intricate and amazingly well engineered.

  • cadillacman

    I would love to learn anything about the whole process. I am especially interested in how complications are added.

  • gwoneg

    Creating or assembling one’s own watch could be the ultimate form of self-expression for those who take pleasure in “do it yourself” projects. I’ve built plenty of things out of wood and a few out of metal, but assembling a precision machine would be a unique opportunity – a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’m generally fascinated by the process of putting together an automatic movement.

  • the one

    While working as a book shelver at the library, I came across many books on watches.  As I had started my own fledgling collection, this topic interested me greatly.  I started reading about repairing and building watches, and thought it could be a way to not only make a little money on the side, but engage in a meditative hobby.  This trip could provide me with an experience that would surely fuel a lifelong, artistic, and rewarding pursuit.  Thank you for this opportunity to enter.

  • JonnyD

    Watching those Ulysses Nardin posts recently has whetted my appetite to experience a real-life watch construction. The hundreds of parts, the precision involved in putting them together, the interaction between human and machine to create something wonderful to look at. It’s pure watch surgery. To personally etch a bridge or a plate and to be able to gaze upon it forevermore, that would be the pinnacle for me. Second and third prize ain’t too shabby either. I will second that ”good luck!”

  • Panagiotis

    The thing that sells a watch for me is when i look at the intricate details that are only there for those that will look hard enough! I am ready to look hard enough at the watch i will build :)

  • aktormedic

    I suppose for me, the interest in actually assembling a movement is based in my normal lack of attention to detail; something that must be suppressed when performing such exacting tool work.  To do this under the instruction of people who make it their life’s work to be precise would be a very interesting experience.

  • PhillyFil

    This sounds like a dream come true. For me, the most interesting aspect of such a venture would be to see the inner workings of what makes a watch movement. Assembling a watch movement or seeing it put together has no equivalent in my eyes. That would definitely be the most appealing part of such a trip, and of course be immersed in the watch making capital of the world (Geneva). My email address is folechowski@gmail.com , looking forward to hearing more about this!
    Fil Olechowski

  • Fortran

    For me, the most interesting part of watch making might be the most boring: how they put those decorations on the dial or movement. You know, the cool circles and other patterns that catch the light and your eye. As for why it appeals to me, well, I’ve seen every episode of “How It’s Made”. The fact I could see how a watch is made first-hand? Yes please!

  • levierra

    I cannot imagine a more unique experience for fans of horology.

  • RobertoValenzuela

    I think the most interesting aspect of watchmaking is taking all the pieces of a movement, carefully putting it together, and ending up with a mechanical timepiece that will continue to reliably tell time for many years to come. For me, the appeal of the experience is getting a hands-on look at the making of the timepieces we all love. I’ve tried my hand at disassembling a movement and doing minor repairs, but never actually making my own watch. And on top of that you get to keep a beautiful and well made timepiece! I think this would be a dream come true for any watch aficionado.

  • PhilMaurer

    Oh man this is amazing, I will be massively jealous of who wins!

  • doutt

    As a mechanical engineer, the workings of a mechanical timepiece has always been a fascination for me.  I’ve collected hundreds of watches over time and just love to watch the movements come to life when first wound.
    This chance would be a dream come true.

  • jholt1805

    The most fascinating part of a mechanical watch to me is that in the age of digital everything there are still watches made that use miniature parts.  To think about the design and construction of all those parts is overwhelming.  This particular contest and watch making with Frederique Constant is that in addition to building mechanical watches they also do an inhouse movement, something unique.

  • ddowns333

    The opportunity to travel to Geneva is Amazing in itself, But to have the opportunity to go to an amazing facility such as this and to be a part of the process that is truely art in my opinion would be the most amazing experience that I could think of. I have wanted for the longest time to be able to travel and see such a facility that takes the art of watchmaking to a very high level. The part of watchmaking that appeals to me mostly is that taking of many different tiny pieces and putting them together in such a way that is artistic and functional. I know of nothing that compares to what these artists are able to acomplish. Amazing opportunity, I could only be so lucky as to be able to participate in such a creation.

  • RobertSilverman

    This is probably the greatest thing ever!! I love the brand so much that by brother and I bought our Dad one for Father’s Day. I have never openly admitted this, but I am truely wishing that I am selected for any part of this giveaway!!! Thanks for the opportunity!!

  • Steveooo85

    Im in! I want this baaaad!

  • Steveooo85

    Im excited! Id love to see the factory where these are made, talk to the true craftsmen of this industry! Plus, going to Geneva would be awesome in itself. Pick me Ariel Adams!

  • Andrew O

    I would love to do this. I’ve always been enthralled with learning how things work. This would be a great opportunity to learn how watches work and go together. I’m also intrigued with their new world timer movement. I would love to own and know how it works. I would love to have one because it seems the older I get it, the more people I know in different places and I lose track of time zones…

  • Jaeson Kaplan

    I have always appreciated the art of creating a watch, and the science of the precision of the gears turning and keeping near flawless time.

  • haksong

    this is the coolest event ever!

  • haksong

    this sounds so cool. i always wanted to see how watches are made in person, and having a chance to build my own is even better.

  • watchkingwithoutawatch

    i think watch making is mankind’s most elegant trade.  Myself being a stone cutter/mason. So getting a chance to learn a little taste of this craft would be most gratifying. Plus I’m a blog to read obsessed!

  • Frauss

    The patience, manual dexterity and focused concentration are what interest me the most. To work in a clean quiet environment with a group of highly skilled craftsmen dedicated to producing such beautiful devices sounds like my idea of heaven. I also really like Frederique Constant and have been following the brand for many years and highly respect it. TAKE MEEEEE!!!!!

  • johnb7

    I think that this sounds like a once in a lifetime experience. To travel to Geneva and to be mentored by some of the greatest living craftsmen would be a dream come true.

  • umarraj

    What an opportunity!! The part of putting this watch together that would interest me the most is regulating the watch. It will also be an opportunity of a lifetime to be in Switzerland under the roof of a respected watchmaker……………..

  • https://twitter.com/shephild Shephild

    Casing up and seeing that hairspring pulse and that pallet fork rock back and forth for the first time must surely be the most exciting time when making such beautiful mechanical works of art.  I would love to experience that for myself!

  • wsmms

    I would really be thrilled to have one of those fine watches..

  • AronL

    Wow. What an extraordinary contest! If I promise you FIVW AMERICAN DOLLARS will you make sure that I win the contest? 😉 So cool!

  • afornito

    Thanks for this marvellous opportunity, it will be a dream to visit the factory and to assemble a manifacture movement !!!
    Congratulations to the winner.

  • NKK

    What a great opportunity.  I love the history of watchmaking and hate to see it as a dying art.  Too many people these days rely on a phone, or car, or a friend to advise of the time.  I prefer to look at something beautiful on my wrist.   To see a number of intricate pieces come together and create a thing of beauty would be an opportunity of a lifetime.

  • NunoTerra

    This has got to be the best giveaway ever!
    Since I was a kid I always wanted to assemble/disassemble things – hence my career as an Engineer!
    The opportunity to go to the birth place of the finnest watches in the world and to be able to build one that can be passed down to my kids would be my best Christmas present so far!!!

  • anaoum

    Ever since being a kid, I’ve always enjoying taking things apart and puting them back together. This trip sounds amazing!

  • PeerSkovlund

    I Would also like my fellow competitors like to thank Frederique Constant, for this marvellous chance to win such a unique experience, and also the chance to win a timepiece from of the worlds most authentic and beautiful watchproducers.I have through The last 4-5 years developed a huge interested for fine watches and watchmaking. Therefore i would be very honored and excited if i could win this Price.The process of building The inhouse casing and seeing The magic of The pallet fork rocking and The intire Watch Comicgarden to life is very exciting to me. Hope you Will Pick me :-)

  • maxfieldsabin

    I would love to see the process and handcraftmanship in depth and up close.

  • BrianSchiele

    What an INCREDIBLE opportunity! I’d love to see how such a fine watch is made!

  • mattsh

    This is quite an amazing prize.  I am an engineer, so the precision and intricacy of the movements really interest me.  On top of that, my birthday is in May, so this would be one heck of a birthday present.  Kudos to you for being able to secure this prize, and a huge thanks to Frederique Constant for making this possible.

  • james123russell

    Wow. What an amazing contest.  Well done Ablogtowatch.com.  The thing I’d most like to see is the pained expression on the poor watch maker’s face as I ham fistedly struggle to precissely assemble the most comlex movement they have available.

  • Rikkepigen

    First of all thank you for this unique giveaway
    I find it very exciting to sit quiet and make tings come alive with my hands. Therefore i fancy the part where i experience The mysteriums Way The Watch starts to work, and The function all The tiny pieces adds to The watch.

  • Ptolomeo74

    Hi. Thank for this oportuniy. I love watches but the way they are made is a mistery for me so this one would be the perfect experience

  • cmmatt

    Cool opportunity. I really love the finishing work  that goes in to a a movement. I’d love to put the finishing touches on a movement.

  • http://billybush.me BillyBush

    This would be freakin’ amazing!! Over the last few years, I have become obsessed with great time pieces and have even looked into building my own already! The individual attention to detail and the technical achievement of a quality mechanical watch are truly amazing. In fact, I’ve been a fan of Frederique Constant for a while (a special place for more “classic” manufacture…). fun times…

  • http://dustforeyes.tumblr.com DustForEyes

    I would love to see what goes on behind the dial in making a timepiece.

  • phberger

    The contest is not about just winning a watch. It is about building your own watch! This is just awesome!
    To me the most fascinating part of a watch is the movement. All those parts working perfectly together in oder to display the time. It sounds so simple, but when you see the movement working it looks really complicated and it is just fascinating to watch.I already tried to disassemble mechanical watches (and destroying parts of it while doing so) and to reassemble them afterwards. Sometimes I even suceeded :)
    But this opportunity would allow me to learn from the experts. And I could build my own watch! This would be a life time experience!

  • shlomi

    All honour to welcome initiative!I am very interested approximately 10 years in mechanisms.As well as designing

  • keerat

    This is great! There’s going to be a resurgence in movement technology as manufacturer’s like Frederique Constant move to in-house movements as ETA starts to close supply. Being able to be a part of this ‘movement’ to innovate with in-house manufacture (pun intended!) would be a tremendous honor. I also own an FC already and am a fan of their pragmatic designs.

  • Hacker4748

    I always wonder about the design choices of watchmakers – how do they choose to define the brand, how do they choose the dial, the lugs, the hands, the strap / bracelet, etc. I would like to know more about the process of assembling a watch itself, as I don’t know much about movements and how everything fits together yet, would be a great experience. :-)

  • sdeyer

    The movement is definitely the most interesting part.  All the complications to choose from, the different materials and how they affect the accuracy, and after all is said and done, the look of this miniaturized mechanical masterpiece.  It’s an amazing machine.

  • Muttiboy

    I enjoy the interaction of the movement parts and trying to understand how they end up producing the complications we see on the dial. I haven’t been brave enough to take my watch apart yet, but, if I get lucky and win this trip, I think I’ll try:)

  • Duchead

    The movement is the “brains” behind any watch so that is what fascinates me most.  I would love to see the process behind building a mechanical watch and be given a chance to try it myself.  Never been to Geneva (or Europe) so that is a huge bonus.  What a vacation this would be!

  • RichardFrye

    After visiting Lucerne and experiencing the fine watch manufacturing culture that exists in Switzerland, my passion for watches was ignited! Since I have pages from Francois-Paul Journe’s Movement book in my home office, the assembly of the movement is the most interesting. My breakfast usually has 3 parts to make it complete, but a mechanical watch movement requires hundreds! 
    For the past several years I have dedicated many days and dollars restoring historically significant watches to OEM specs (just completed the 1980 Omega Seamaster 120 Jacques Mayol). However, I have never assembled a mechanical movement. Assembling a fine, in-house movement would complete my watch self-education. In my opinion, there could be no better instrument for a man to wear than a fine swiss watch that he assembled!

  • labruja

    As a woman who has a hard time finding a woman’s watch that I like the look of, I would like to know the design process, how the aesthetics of a watch are determined.

  • JovanCederrothKrstevski

    This is a dream come true for me if I would be the winner…This is the greatest giveaways of them all…Goodluck everyone! :)

  • labruja

    As a woman who has a hard time finding a woman’s watch that I like the look of, I would like to know the design process, how the aesthetics of a watch are determined. And as a watch enthusiast learning how to build a watch and wearing something that I created would be a dream come true.

  • P Oktori

    Watches are the best non-human, non-pet companions. I love the technique behind watches, and I love timeless designs. I really like Ressence and Hautlence for the design, Piaget for its classic simplicity, and Panerai for its simple beauty. Each brand has its strengths, but ultimately it is the movement that gives a watch its true heart.

  • JovanCederrothKrstevski

    This is a dream come true for me if I would be the winner…This is the greatest giveaways of them all…I can imagine that the best part is to manufacture the movment becuse that is the heart of the heart.
    Goodluck everyone! :)

  • RalphSpencer

    Although it may not sound sexy, the part of watch making that appeals to me the most is dial making. Yes, the mechanics are incredible especially considering what they accomplish, and as an Engineer they appeal to me intellectually, but the dial is the mechanic’s face to the world and appeals to me emotionally like a painting or music. I humbly contend the dial sells the watch and the mechanics sell the brand.
    I can’t think of many things I’d enjoy and learn more from than spending time and building a watch at Frederique Constant. The watch I’d build would surely become a family heirloom I could pass down to my son. It would be an unforgettable adventure I’d never forget.

  • wbilly

    Building the movement. Learning how a wat h is made first hand,

  • http://www.orangewatchcompany.com foxint

    This is a truely generous offer. A once in a lifetime opportunity to see first hadn what makes a top watch. I think for me, it would be the total experience, the feeling, the ability to see first hand wat a real Swiss manufacturer is all about. I I had to pick one aspect it would be the gears and wheels. Seeing what the experts do will techn me what I am doing wrong…..Dan

  • topwatch

    I would relish the opportunity to build my own watch from the ground up. I have a profession, but have been a collector of watches since 1998 and was fortunate enough to train under a fine watchmaker that passed away a few years ago. He and I became great friends and this man was a paraplegic since he was a young man and injured while working cutting down trees for a major sugar company. As a young African-American man back in the 60s he was sent to train in horology as a way for him to continue to make a living. Unfortunately,  workers compensation and liability was not advanced to the position it is today. He always said it was much easier to work on a fine watch than a middle to low grade watch and I have found that to be true. I was able to learn the basics of watchmaking by working alongside him and I will be forever grateful for that experience. I have worked on many watches but I do not think of myself as a true watchmaker so I will only work on my own pieces and have limitations on what I will undertake. I have always wanted to be able to build a watch from the ground up and to do so under the scrutiny of a professional watchmaker then that would be the bomb. To be able to assemble the entire watch train of a fine timepiece would be most rewarding to me.

  • Poloni

    I love the whole machine off course!!
     But, I would love the see and make a chronometer. I love this engine!!! 
    The  opportunity to see and make a watch on a manufacture would be amazing!!!

  • jojowasher

    wow, this is way more than most give aways, this would be freaking awesome!!! The most interesting part of the watching making process for me would be the actual machining of the parts, to see those fine parts made must be incredible. This interests me because I love to see how things are made, and I love watches, so its a win win!!

  • Larsaa

    For me, the most interesting part of watchmaking is to make everything come together: The plan and layout behind this particular watch, the machining, and then the way some watchmakers suddenly make something outstanding out of a mechanical device that in fact only is delievering the same information as a billion other, similar (but not quite) devices on the planet. How do you make a watch that a person would love to wear? That intrigues me.

  • dogdoc89

    Unbelievable! The intricacy of watch movements and their assembly has always fascinated me. This would be an experience of a lifetime to whoever wins the contest!

  • Larsaa

    And of course, if you ask why the eperience to go build a watch sounds appealing to me, it is the combination of skill, inventiveness and the little extra that makes a certain watch become something particular. Why do certain watches just stand out, being very easy to recognize,even when you just get a glimpse of them on someone’s wrist in the metro or on the plane?

  • jhholsworth

    I am student trying to get my mechanical engineering degree so I love all things mechanical. This past summer a friend of my turned me on to watches and I have been obsessed ever since. As I take more classes I keep finding out more and more how challenging it is to miniaturize all of the pieces in a watch, to make all the gears running for hours upon hours without friction and wear and to keep such an accurate time from a mechanical movement is a triumph of engineering. To see this entire process would be an awesome way to spend my summer and to build my own watch would be such an amazing treat.

  • Humanloop

    What an awesome giveaway! I’m fascinated by pretty much every aspect of watchmaking. After I got into watches, about two years ago, I built my own watchmaking table. I’ve slowly built up a collection of tools, and of course, watches. My dream is to one day build one from scratch, so…wow, how awesome would it be to win this! I’m still in the tinkering stage. I just repaired to watches last week (minor issues only). I haven’t gotten into the more intricate stuff, but will get there eventually.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  • jonesjs85

    A dream come true is the truest way to describe this giveaway. Two years ago I was accepted and lined up to go to Canada’s last watchmaking school but, due to unforeseen circumstances it’s no longer in the equation. To travel across the globe, see and be part of  of this world, if only for a couple days well, I can’t even describe how much I hope for it. 
    I enjoy all parts of watch making from design to assembly but, seeing it complete and take on a life of it’s own, the best part.
    Thanks for this chance.

  • MaxReddick

    Not sure I can build a watch, but I can wear one.

  • treefroga1

    This is the coolest giveaway ever! The intricacy of the movement is what has always fascinated me. I’d love to build my own!

  • ChiaChristopher

    Photography is my 1st hobby and now watches are my hobby too. But photography doesn’t have such wonderful giveaways!

  • Glennteng

    what an awesome give away! ive only got interested in watches a few months ago, and they have really interested me. im intrigue with all aspects of manufacturing a watch but i believe that making the movement would interest me the most. a watch relies on this little sophisticated mechanism, and can last “forever” if properly taken care of. ive no prior experience, but heck its a one in a life time chance to do this and im willing to learn.
    ive always been in love with frederique constant and would love to visit the place in which it comes from!

  • erikdy

    I would definitely love this giveaway. To have a chance to truly understand all of the parts inside the watch and to see first-hand how they operate together would be an amazing experience. I would love enough knowledge to be dangerous! Who knows in the future, I may just try to clean/repair my own watches. If nothing else, just understanding how the movement fits at a macro level within the case and then how the case goes together would be very cool.

  • Gbastille

    Love it all!!

  • jdveterano

    To keep this as brief as possible: I love innovation in nearly every facet of life, be it in sport, university, working or leisure. Part of the reason I admire Frederique Constant is that they seem to share in the passion for innovation that I pride myself on. Being given the opportunity to work with masters of the horological world is beyond a dream come true, and I do dearly hope that I am selected for such a unique prize, as it will be one that I will be able to share with my children and generations (hopefully) thereafter. Best of luck to all!

  • Cheftrev

    I’ve been collecting watches for years and admire the skill and craftsmanship that goes into making fine timepieces. The opportunity to see this done first-hand would be incredible, not to mention making my own Frederique Constant! Watching my own watch come to life and knowing that I had a band in creating it is the most appealing part. Fingers are crossed – this would be a ‘beyond the bucket list’ experience!

  • Charkel

    I find the most interesting part of watch making to be the creation of the movement as it is the heart of the watch. The chance to put together not only the movement but the entire watch would be invaluable. It is something only a very small fraction of people experience in their lives. Given the chance to do something as incredible as this in a short period of time, that would normally take a great deal of time and skill, would be an unforgettable.

  • bibathan

    What a fantastic giveaway.  The chance to see the watchmaking process in full and in detail is one of a kind already – the ability to own a timepiece that you yourself had a hand in is a great story as well.  I admire the skill and attention to detail across all facets of watch making and would absolutely love the opportunity to see it first hand.

  • jparks24

    I find the most interesting part of making a watch is the craftsmanship that go in to making a watch. I would like to win this trip because  i want to be a watch maker.

  • greytooth

    This would be a dream come true! I am most interested in seeing how to movement is regulated so that the seconds are the correct length.

  • migueldaponte

    I would love to experience the same satisfaction master craftsmen have had for centuries when they wound their finished product for the first time and their complex instrument came to life. While the making of a watch must be stressful and filled with pitfalls I am sure this part of it made it all worth it and that’s the part of watchmaking which interests me most.

  • JMCraig

    I love in-house movements, and the chance not just see how they’re made but to actually be a part of the process would be a fantastic oppertunity.

  • DCportraits

    The opportunity to make your own watch? Awesome! I’ll be awaiting my email and boarding pass!

  • flukesh

    This would be a dream come true. I hope I win, but whomever does, I congratulate you in advance; this will be a trip of a lifetime.

  • Superduperman

    I want to go to there.

  • flukesh

    This would be a dream come true. I hope I win, but whomever does, I congratulate you in advance; this will be a trip of a lifetime. I think the part of watchmaking that most interests me is that it is both an art and a science within which innovations are perpetually taking place, while many fundamentals haven’t changed for centuries. It feels like you are part of something much greater than yourself.

  • danielwgchiu

    The part of watchmaking that interests me the most is seeing how each component works together in unison to work towards the common goal of keeping accurate time. I’d love to learn more about each part of the watch and what they do and why each one is important. Building a watch appeals to me because it means that I will have something that I put together myself, and building something yourself with your own two hands is always something that feels better than just picking it up off the shelf.

  • Jttuck

    I have always loved watches.  The appeal for me has always been the engineering behind the movement.  The idea that a mechanical devices can accurately and precisely measure time.  The part I would enjoy the most in this once in a lifetime opportunity would be in dissecting an actual movement and understanding how it works.

  • frankiek

    What a phenominal opportunity to go to Geneva, build your own movement and watch with one of the premier watch makers like Frederique Constant. Then they let you keep the watch, WOW! My passport is ready, wheres the dotted line to sign on before they change their minds. Now will someone please pinch me, ow thanks honey i was dreaming after all. ; )

  • Briickhouse

    I am studying to become a mechanical engineer. I have always considered mechanical watches to be some of the greatest areas of innovation. It would be a great experience to be able to take part in something like that.

  • PaulHeuer

    This would be a dream come true! To connect with my watch-making ‘roots’ I have been studying a horology course, including attempting the disassembly and reassembly of an automatic movement. What a thrill it would be to experience professional watch-making first hand, and with such a historically significant company as Frederique Constant. To keep the timepiece after assembling it would be just the icing on the cake. Thanks FC and a BlogToWatch for making this possible.

  • Supierreman

    It has been 5 years since I entered the wonderful horology universe as a passion. I like the preciousness of the pieces, the excellence of the handcraft and the magic behind a watch. If the design of a timepiece is more than important, I am first interested in the history and, of course, the movement ! What is more impressive than this mechanical heart living under the dial, like an hidden beauty. To have the opportunity to discover this beauty is an extremely rare opportunity and a dream for me. The fact that this giveway is proposed in partnership with Frederique Constant is even more appealing as I was offered for my 20th birthday my first real watch, a Frederique Constant Austin Healy. Anyway, thanks a lot for this great opportunity and good luck to everybody !

  • kvmalek

    I hate watches.  I hate the fact that they look awkward on my naked wrist, I hate that I can never adjust the strap to the right length, and I hate that they print a white circle on my skin after a long day at the beach. I just don’t see the point of wearing a watch when I can use my phone to tell the time. I hate watches.
    And then I was introduced to the world of mechanical watches… 
    I love watches. I love watches that are build with passion for precision, a passion for utility. I love watches that are so simple on the outside, yet intricately complex on the inside. I love the mystique that this contrast creates. I love watches with emotions. I love watches.
    Having the opportunity to build my own watch would allow me to connect with a timepiece like no other. Understanding its emotions, while it understands mine.

  • utlax20

    I am a pediatric dentist, so everything that is made by hand i appreciate greatly. As a child I have always been interested in handmade objects and my dream is to be able to watch a master watchmaker create a handmade movement. As a true watch lover I research every night about some of the new creations made by watchmakers/watch brands and that is why this blog is my favorite.  I hope that one day I can be lucky enough to get to fulfill my dream. Thanks

  • mgluck

    The part of watch building which interests me the most is the design of the face – how the hands, numerals, and so on, all fit together to make a beautiful coherent whole. This contest is appealing to me, because it would allow me to have some say in how that comes out in a finished product!

  • Corkscrew

    I am a model maker and hobbyist with a passion for watches but have never been able to afford a dream watch. To actually assemble a high end watch would be fantastic. I would enjoy every aspect of the build and then to own it would be awesome. I can only imagine the thrill and experience of making and owning a Frederique Constant watch.

  • daottaway

    This is the most interesting giveaway yet!
    I look forward to seeing the winner smiling
    from ear to ear.

  • mgravity

    I’m a physicist working in the field of high precision time measurements, so the history of how time has been measured is very interesting to me.  The basic idea of using oscillators with known frequencies hasn’t changed, but the implementation is radically different.  I’d love to learn more of the mechanics of how this is done when using springs, and not light or atoms.

  • mohan72

    This is a great opportunity for dedicated DIYers!! Watchmaking needs more skills than DIY. I have always been a keen ‘Automatic’ watch enthusiast. Frederique Constant is one of the undervalued watch companies.
    The part that interests me the most in a watch is the escapement. It is the heart of the watch. I can just keep looking at the hairspring and escapement of a watch working for hours.

  • stmarmh

    I’ve always been extremely fascinated by the idea of a tiny machine on my wrist…almost like it’s alive. I know that just about everyone else who wears a mechanical watch feels the same way, but still, it would be a cool thing to be able to see the factory and make my own watch!

  • Sotirios

    The part of watch making that interests me the most is the design phase. Planning out what will eventually be such a complicated movement is extremely exciting, and being able to see it first hand is what is most appealing to me.

  • discobird

    This is the best give away of the year.   I’ve always been fascinated with  hearing and seeing mechanical watches and clocks work.  I can’t wait to hear if I’m a winner.

  • jspeldon

    I have had many hands on hobbies.  This would be the topper!!

  • chainsmoker11

    I am most interested in how the movement is put together.  Learning about how all of the components of a watch interact with one another at a world renowned watch maker would be a great experience and one that I would never forget!

  • JBarr

    Ooh please pick me! I’d have to say the most interesting part about watchmaking to me is the entire process! But if I had to pick one element, I suppose it would be when the movement is first set in motion, and that mesmerizing wheel begins to spin, and then whatever fine tuning goes into the movement after that, ensuring its accuracy, is the most fascinating. I feel I know so much yet so little! Also building my own watch would be a dream come true. I have a few watches, none of this caliber (no pun intended) and to be able to put my own tastes into a unique custom timepiece would just be amazing. I’m always looking for pieces (time and otherwise) that express who I am and also won’t be seen on many other people. What better way to do this?

  • sydpok

    I’m fascinated by the machining aspect of watchmaking. If I get chosen to go, I would love to run some ideas by FC.

  • Neil C

    The best part of constructing a watch will be getting to know w
    How each part works, I’ll love that!

  • danielfromtexas

    This right here is amazing! This is the ultimate lottery to a horologist! The amazing thing about a watch’s movement is the anatomy of it. The movement itself is analogous to a human body, in my opinion. The whole movement is made of intricate parts that all together make a great thing possible: keeping time while sitting pretty on your wrist. The watch can not function if any of the major parts are failing, much like the anatomy of a living creature. Plus who wouldn’t want to have the right to say “I got flown to Geneva, visited the Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture, put together my own watch’s movement, enjoyed 5 days while in Geneva, and I didn’t cost me an arm and a leg all thanks to a fellow horologist.” Even if I am not the fortunate winner of this competition, I just want to say that it is amazing to see so many people, 223 comments so far as I post this, take such fascination with what others consider just another bit of jewelry or another accessory sitting on their nightstand. That is what makes a giveaway such as this one unique; not just the prize, but the participants that will truly appreciate their prize.

  • jasonarnold

    To be able to build your own one of a kind watch would be simply amazing. I had the good fortune to meet the guy who submitted the design brief for the Panerai PAM 360. To be able to create something like this for Frédérique Constant Genève would be a real honour. I would have the bonus of then owning the watch also. Regards Jason

  • SwissAbroad

    This is such an exciting outlook! A rare opportunity to share with experts and to see what it takes to get a real Swiss timepiece!

  • lomarti

    The Design of the timepiece would be the best part for me.

  • markg

    My favourite part of the watch making process would probably have to be how tiny little parts are machined from the raw materials to produce a precision part which makes up the movement. Watchmaking appeals to me because building something from scratch to perform a task as important and precise as keeping track of the time is an absolutely fantastic and appeals greatly to me.

  • DanielHopson

    The movement is the most fascinating part of a watch. What better way to truly understand and appreciate it than to experience putting one together yourself.

  • Hogard

    As an amateur watchmaker my passion for watches does not only lie in the object. The tools, knowledge and skill involved to put one of these little time machines together is also just a facet of the craft. The gumption I experience when thinkering on these little mechanical wonders is what keeps me hooked. Spending an afternoon servicing a watch serves me as a good meditation.
    To go to one of the best watchmaking facilities in the world would be a chance to see a company driven by passion. And in this case experience it to the full! I would love to make the comparison to how things are done there and my own way of working.
    Cheers,
    Hogard

  • Facedocb

    On my bucket list has been to visit a number of the Swiss watchmakers factory operations. I have been fascinated by the intricacies and the craftsmanship required to make mechanical watches since I received a Timex for my 10th birthday (almost 40 years ago). An opportunity to interact and learn at this level would be incomparable. If good fortune smiles on someone else, I will have to add an addendum to my bucket list…….

  • cermakhonzik

    I think that assembling the movement is the most interesting. I’d like to see how the good quality movement is assembled and when I ca nod it its even more precious. This trip would be interesting for me because I would first time ever assemble my own watch from such a precious company. It would be great.

  • cermakhonzik

    Can the winner choose what ever watch they want to assemble? Even the Heartbeat Manufacture watch?

  • cermakhonzik

    And for the second and third price are we allowed to choose whatever watch we want even the twelve hours of sebring?

  • phongsan

    The part of watch making that I find intriguing is quality control. After thousands of tiny pieces were put together in such intricate mechanical system, how do they test to make sure that all the parts work together flawlessly for years? And if something fail, how do they figure out what part it is and how to resolve the problem? Own a fine timepiece is already appealing to most of us, but having a chance to, not only visit the birth place of your watches, but actually building it with your own hands under the roof of history, it’s truly unforgettable.

  • felixneo

    i think the most fascinating part is to see the final watch alive, after me building it.

  • MarcoFranken

    To put the little parts together and see the watch come to life is an awsome experience i have yet to discover.
    From friends i’ve heard how amazinh that is. I’d like to experience for myself.

  • EmilyOs

    Fascinating to create something that will have such a personal history

  • kapurkk

    The manufacture of the movement and the  watch dials are probably the  2 most interesting things to  experience. To build a  complete watch at a manufacturer who makes its own components rather than just assembling them is a special treat. Thats really why I’d like to be able to win this trip.

  • deron_streitenberger

    The opportunity to experience the culture inside the industry while having a tangible memory at the same time. Deron_streitenberger at yahoo dot com.

  • Alex CBR

    Not that whould be very interesting… Building your own watch must be a very nice experience overall, I can imagine the final feeling when you are done and you get to put the watch on your wrist. Best giveaway yet!

  • Cmac1031

    Wow what an interesting concept. Building a watch from scratch would be a life altering event for a watch aficionado !!! Knowing that all those parts that fit together was done by your own hand must be awesome!! All facets of watchmaking intrest me but I suppose actually assembling the movement must be really cool. Heck seeing the birthplace of most of the famous watches ,Geneva must be really quite unique!! Kudos for this event I think it’s your best collobaration yet! Gm6588@bellsouth.net. Thanks

  • Philippe

    Very good opportunity and many thanks for the chance. Being a watch aficionado without being enthusiast about watchmaking would be like being a foodista refusing to step in a kitchen! I would love to visit the manufacture, be able to complete the fabrication of a piece and thus better understand what makes tick a timepiece. And with an in-house movement, no less!
    Now that’s a contest I sincerely like be a part of. Thanks Ariel.

  • ianjoyce

    The repeatability of building intricate movements is what fascinates me. And to wear a reminder of building a movement would be wonderful.

  • AtSeaWatch

    This is a pretty amazing opportunity.  For years I’ve daydreamed about quitting my regular job and going to school to become a watchmaker.  Sadly, that’s always just been a dream.  Maybe I could get a chance to live that dream, if only for a day.

  • tracycfbrown

    Awesome promotion. I would love to make my man a watch!

  • Will__Gibb

    This sounds amazing.

  • JamesSemaj

    I love to watch the whole process of making a watch and given an opportunity to customize my own watch is my dream.

  • jbesson

    I love watchmaking of mechanical watches because it is a great combination between technique and design. To make a truly amazing watch both are necessary.

  • yyzbrian

    i am equally fascinated by the tradition as well as the precision and complexity required to assemble a movement. truly an amazing opportunity!

  • Kris C

    What part of watchmaking interests me most? Probably movement assembly, or perhaps finishing (application of cotes de Geneve, etc).

  • CDN In London

    I have always enjoyed working on anything mechanical. Whether it was an automobile or a mountain bike, making machines work well was something that was passed onto me from my father and grandfather alike. This is also where my appreciation for watches comes from. So, the movement itself is where my interests lie. To create a watch from start to finish would be an amazing experience. Thank you for a chance to have that opportunity Ariel.

  • rdeetz

    This trip is very interesting to me because I love watches (of course) and I love international travel, so this is like a match made in heaven. :) The part of the watchmaking process that is most interesting to me is the quality control and testing–I work in an industry that often flies by the seat of its pants, so I’m curious to see firsthand a business that is seriously dedicated to quality.

  • OmarB

    This is an amazing giveaway – how lucky the winner will be.  I am interested in everything that has to do with watch making.  To be able to visit a manufacture and participate is something very few people get the privilege of doing.  I would love to see in person how a movement is put together, finished, and the watch assembled.  Movement finishing is probably most interesting to me.

  • PaulElam

    Amazing contest! Really unique and special. I’ve been into the watches ever since I first saw my grandfather wind his Seiko. I think mechanical watches are fascinating. The fact that the movements require human interaction is unique. I would love to see and be a part of the making of a timepiece – especially with such an esteemed watchmaker.
    So, bravo on the contest. Count me in. I have also ‘liked’ both Facebook pages.

  • http://ariffshah.com/ ariffshah

    I always believe in perfection. Same goes to watches that I choose, I will find the most perfect if not flawless watches in terms of its finishings. That’s why I’m more interested in how watchmakers make their watch look perfect and to the utmost standard there is in the watch-making industry. It’s the small but very complicated process that they do that makes their watches being appreciated.

  • BK1017

    Wow what a giveaway! This is probably one of the coolest things I’ve heard of in a long time. Really appeals to my inner watch nerd.

  • jmjones29

    I am a geek so to me the entire process of making a complicated mechanical object like a watch is fascinating to me!

  • BK1017

    The part of watch making that appeals to me most is the human element of building a mechanized and usable device, but one that also has sentimental value and style. Automation with robots is great, but hand building a watch is definitely romantic. This giveaway appeals to me for that exact reason, but also traveling to Switzerland and seeing where the process occurs would be amazing. And some of that hot chocolate.  – BK

  • rbmbb

    I am most interested in the mechanical aspect of automatic movements.All the tiny gears and jewels funtcioning as one…It would be an amazing dream come true to visit a renowned watch company, and have the opportunity to build my own watch.

  • erlarson85

    As a former machinist I have built my fair share of prototypes, one offs and amazing pieces of large scale stuff, Hubble sized stuff. I’ve always understood the details required to construct a watch movement but have never seen it up close and personal. I have torn down many a time piece and even some times gotten them back up and running with the help of a watch smith. The intricacies of the gear train, friction, power transmission, escapement and materials used are intriguing to me. The amount of information that can be created from a simple wound up spring are amazing. And the fact we were able to do this 150+ years ago with precision is amazing. I would love to build my own timepiece from scratch and be able to proudly show it off is the icing on the cake. I also have not been to Switzerland but it is on my list when I make it over to Sweden to visit some horological friends of mine,

  • MattBirnbaum

    Great opportunity to see how complex things are made.  The mostinteresting part of watch making is the design process. What isappealing about this opportunity is being able to observe and learningfrom individuals who approach tasked oriented work from the mind-set of aprofessional.

  • temfyg

    Amazing…a dream of a life time. For the magic of watch making is knowledge of the physics of the dynamics interaction of shapes and materials and incorporating the understanding into designing components and translating the design from an idea to paper to actually making and assembling precision components thatwork together to “keep” time. This opportunity would be priceless as it would not only see but be able to talk to the people who is living my dream everyday as well as be able to work on a watch myself. Let’s face it, some of the fan of this blog probably have my experience of taken watches apart …but haven’t really have any sucess in putting them back together

  • Ayurvedic_Teas

    Great prize from a great watch maker! The thing that really interests me is how they fit all those tiny mechanical bits into a space so small.  It still amazes me how that is done.  I would really like to know how functionality is designed into a watch i.e. what all the necessary parts do and what makes it all come together.  This really is a dream prize for a watch aficionado!

  • anand_patel_05

    This would be a great opportunity. I am very interested in tourbillons and intricate complications. Thanks for setting this up and it would be incredible to go to Switzerland!

  • bartmanhi

    I am most interested in the tools used to assemble a fine watch which insulate the delicate mechanism from the inevitable involuntary movements of the craftsman.

  • cilfinco

    What a great contest, thanks to Frederique Constant,  Ariel and his BlogtoWatch.  For me the most interesting part of watchmaking is the inclusion of various complications from simple date function to phases of the moon.  I would really like to see how it is done and I like Frederique Constant because they seem to produce nice mechanical watches at a price point which the non 1% can afford.

  • HybridOnyx

    This is an amazing opportunity, Thanks to Frederique Constant and BlogtoWatch for putting this together. For me the most interesting part of watchmaking is the assembly process, watching all the little parts coming together and giving life to a beautiful time piece. The opportunity to assemble a one of these fine pieces with my own hands is very appealing and a challenge one should never pass up.

  • Marshall Pike

    Creating a watch in Geneva would be as close to giving birth to another child in my family, with a few more “Complications”. An experience you can’t relate to until it happens to you.. An heirloom in horology that will be passed down to my son and generations to come, how special would that be.
    I can honestly say that I would consider trading in my Patek , for the opportunity to go the watchmaking capital of the world. The nano-technology and creativity that now encompasses the art of watchmaking is fascinating. Purchasing a new watch always gets my adrenaline going. But this opportunity gives an entire new meaning to ” ADRENALINE RUSH.”
    I have now added BUILDING MY FREDERIQUE CONSTANT WATCH IN GENEVA to the number one position on my bucket list..
    My bags are packed!

  • Krobilad

    nice contest.

  • Eric Risner

    Thanks for this contest! It is good that they do not require any experience for it. I have never seen  or watched a watch being made, but it would be an awesome opportunity to get THE chance to actually make it too!  I am intrigued by the finesse and the workmanship this form of art involves.  To see all these intricate parts come together perfectly is a sight to be seen.  This is an experience of a lifetime, and I really hope to get picked!  Thanks!

  • dockovac

    I’m finally graduating after 21 years in post-graduate education and I think this opportunity would be the perfect culmination to my educational voyage.  Specializing in microsurgery makes me particularly suited since I’ve spent all these years practicing for this very opportunity !  By choosing me, Frederique Constant would gain a customer for life and a great story to market.  Moreover, the chance to spend a week with Ariel Adams in Switzerland? Well, at least I would get to keep the watch.

  • WatchGuru

    Good Lord! This contest has everything I love. Travel, watches and good company! I’ve been fascinated with watches ever since my late uncle left me with a gold pocket watch when I was just a young adult. My passion for horology has really blossomed since I started reading about the different watch manufacturers and models available around the world and appreciating what the watch world really has to offer on a global basis.
    The choices and styles are endless, limited only by one’s budget and taste.
    I guess I’ve also been a fan of building things. From Meccano kits when I was a kid to a fully functioning, gas-powered RC helicopter when I got older. I love looking at how things work and can really appreciate the engineering, craftsmanship and aesthetics that go into making mechanical things. I think watches really fascinate me because of the fine detail of workmanship that goes into creating such tiny masterpieces. The part that would fascinate me the most would be how all the various inert bits and pieces come together to create a functioning mechanical object that offers both beauty and practicality. The whole is definitely greater that the sum of its parts.
    I currently own a wide variety of watches. I think I’m up to fifty or so. Everything from Seiko to Breitling. I like the unusual and will only buy a watch if I feel it offers something different.
    To travel to Switzerland and build a high-end watch from one of the premier watch manufactures in the world would definitely be one of the highlights of my life.

  • glawless

    Wow…what an opportunity, to actually build and keep it…..fantastic

  • rustyrussell

    What a prize! I work building lasers, a job which involves much of the precise engineering and attention to detail needed in horology. While I make many precise and delicate things to build a watch with the very best in the world would mean having a chance to work with people whose work encompasses not just engineering but also the creation of a piece of art!
    To have such a thing to keep would be a dream.

  • Kivioq

    Sounds like a great trip, plus maybe I can find that elusive Alpina world-timer I’ve been after. Seriously though, as a watch fan and an amateur watchmaker / modifier I would love to see an altier in action, as I’m sure any reader of this blog would. However, the trip really appeals to me as a business man. In the watch world, FC is one of those companies that has made a complete 180 – moving ever so surely from the world of quartz to their own in-house movements. Taking an upscale brand that has been down back to the top is tough. I know because I’ve done it. In the watch world, where perception equals reality more often than not, the decision seems especially audacious. I would truly like to meet the men and women behind the revival of FC who dared to take the tougher, if ultimately more satisfying path.

  • http://lil lil01

    i like the idea

  • rkan

    most interested in automatic watches and how power is stored

  • hughesheil

    Sounds great, I would love to build a movement myself.

  • FernandoDB

    Amazing opportunity !! I would love to help assemble my own watch, and understand all the steps, really a great christmas gift ! Totally ready for it !

  • Luckie

    This is great. I really enjoy the assembly of a watch and watching the parts interact.

  • hoyaeldridge

    I find the most interesting part of watchmaking is the manufacturing of in-house movements. It’s such a big creative step from just aesthetically altering an ETA or similar movement. I’m an instant fan of brands that have taken this risk to develop their complete product. Also, I’d love to observe the design process for creating new cases and dials and know what choices are discussed, accepted and/or eliminated.  This hands-on opportunity is a unique experience to finally get IN a watch. I only have exhibition case backs in my watch collection because I want to admire the craftsmanship of the movement, but it is still hard to gain an understanding of how everything works together by just looking through the crystal or viewing a diagram online.  This experience from Frederique Constant would satisfy my curiosity and expand my knowledge of the craftsmanship and business of timepieces.

  • Dave4242

    I find the most interesting par of watching making to be the machine precisioned. I am utterly fascinated by the fact that skilled crafts people are able to manufacture something that can keep time this accurately without the use of electronics. Living in a digital world I like the analogness of the timepieces and the diversity of them.

  • thefortitude

    What an absolutely incredible experience. I would love to place the pieces and gears together. The movements of the gears and the precision required to tell time are extraordinary. I can’t believe I potentially have to opportunity to do this, and would revel at the chance. Not to mention the chance to taste real chocolate!

  • Muzzik

    June_boy
    Would love to get a chance to custom build watch at the factory itself. Like creating a bespoke suite or hitting an architect to design your house. That plus meeting the actual craftsmen plus seeing the tools and factory responsible. A watch lovers dream trip.
    June_boy@hotmail.com

  • dromero22

    This would be epic! Been looking at that FC world timer for a while.

  • DaTruth52

    Would be awesome to build a watch in Geneva, Switzerland, home of some of the finest watches around.  What most is appealing about watch making to me is the technical science of it.  Seeing how each component and gear is vital to the entire mechanism of the watch is really intriguing to me and I would love to futher understand how each piece is precisely placed and how each component contributes to making the watch run.  To be able to go to the home of fine watches and be a part of building a watch would be an unbelievable experience and dream come true because not only would a I learna dn experience things most have not, but I was also have a connection to a particular watch, that most owners could not begin to understand.

  • nutellabear

    This would be a really fascinating

  • nutellabear

    This would be a great trip. The part that interests me the most of course is how the movement goes together. This is on my bucket list, learning how to assemble and disassemble a movement. Would like to be able to adjust and maintain my own watch collection.

  • http://timeling.com/ timeling

    As a watch nerd, this would be a trip of a lifetime.  As a rock star in regular life, this would be one heck of a bash.  Looking forward to the party.  Especially looking forward to the creative end of the watch making process, the design element… also looking forward to learning more about the engineering aspect.

  • Gee Z

    A dream would come true – I love watches, both from a technical perspective but also for the asthetics.
    Some time ago I even asked a local watchmaker in CA to give me a few lessons, but he was too busy.
    It would be awesome to finally put the purely theoretical knowledge into practise, especially with a company like Frederique Constant/Alpina with their own movements. Thanks!
    gerhard_zimmermann@yahoodotcom

  • tegart

    I love watches, and I enjoy making things with my hands.  The amazing intricacies of hand-made watches fascinates me and I would love to learn the secrets of the watchmaker.  Learning to build my own bicycle frame was one of the best experiences of my life, and I am sure that a trip to Geneva to learn watchmaking would rank right up there with framebuilding.

  • sschork

    To be instructed in making a Frederique Constant watch by the professionals themselves would be a rare and life-changing experience.

  • Jatlifefyre

    I have always wanted to make a watch and this would be an awesome opportunity to do so.  I am fascinated by how movements work.

  • jlhorng

    I am a fan of Mechanical watches.  It doesn’t matter it is Swiss, Japan, Germany, or USA made.  I just love watching how the internal parts coordinating to each other and functional.  If I am chosen, I would love to know how they build the parts ringing hourly.

  • somethingnottaken

    I’ve always enjoyed making and repairing things, and few mechanisms are as fascinating as watch movements. Assembling a movement, then the watch, would certainly further my understanding of how these fascinating micro mechanical devices work!

  • Michael Yank

    I have learnt about mechanical watch just about past five years by reading and talking to mechanical watch lovers. I has been so interesting and fascinating, particularly the tourbillon technology. It has been more than a hundred years but still an impressive invention. The more I learn, the more fascination I got, the more I love mechanical watch. So far, from what I learnt, watch maker brand shows their passion and seriousness in watchmaking. For me, personally, Frederique Constant is humble brand with passion in delivering essential mechanical watch should be, not overwhelmed with all those unnecessary jewellery.

  • rsatobi

    I have a theoretical understanding of how a mechanical watch works but would love to see how all the pieces come together in practice.

  • echo7

    I’d like to learn how watches are adjusted for position. I understand that the jewels are loaded differently face up, facedown, etc, but I’ve never understood how watchmakers compensated for that. Once the watch is lubricated and the screws are torqued appropriately, what is left to play with other than the escapement? I’d like to see how the escapement can compensate for everything else.

  • GoGoJackson

    First, let me say that this giveaway is amazing!
    Second, the reasons I would be interested in this trip/experience are many. I’m new to mechanical watches, having just purchased my first (a Limes Pharo handwound). I’ve leaned on ablogtoread.com (and now ablogtowatch.com) for most of the things that I have learned so far. I think from my newcomer’s perspective, I would most like to learn about the end-to-end process of manufacturing a mechanical watch…big picture stuff.
    My email is: jeffreyjackson@hotmail.com
    I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
    Thanks!
    Jeff

  • 0rap0o

    Coming from a 3rd world country didn’t hinder my passion for watches. I saved enough money to source out the parts and assemble them myself. The joy of using the timepiece you worked for it. If ever selected, I could be living the dream

  • JoseCristian

    Would be awesome to see elite watching making first hand. Seeing what is envolved when creating a new movement is what interest me the most about watchmaking.

  • lukschwarz

    I’m really interested in seeing how you adjust the escapement to ensure perfect alignment between the balance wheel, pallet fork and escapement wheel….
    I do have a couple of watches, none of which I built myself, so I think it would be an awesome experience to build my own watch and give me a whole new appreciation of the watches I own. I think it would be really cool to tell people not only “it’s a Frederique Constant” but also “I built it myself so it is more unique to me than any limited edition money can ever buy”.

  • galka

    I’m interesting in design of watches. I’ve got my own way how the timepice should looks like. I think this is my chance to be part of the world of watchmaking.

  • http://www.adaodesign.com Eggtronics

    I love with mechanical watches (auto or handwind) that they are completely dependant on you to live and survive. Being able to completely create one of these little beating hearts on my wrist would be absolutely unbelievable – a once in a lifetime opportunity!

  • tmss

    Wow, this is such a dream come true opportunity! I have been interested in mechanical watches for all of my adult life, and after reading tons of material on how to assemble a watch it would be wonderful to try to do it myself. I believe I have taken the familiar path to being obsessed with watch movements: first you become interested in the aesthetics of wristwatches and then slowly but surely you get more and more interested in the technological side as well. Best of luck to everyone commenting here!

  • frankwhite

    I think the part of this potential watch making experience that excites me the most is getting to assemble the actual movement although I kind think of any part that doesn’t excite me. I really like what Frederic Constant and alpina are all about, they offer quality well designed watches at fair prices. The alpine extreme diver is one of my favorite watches. I’m also a big fan of ablogtowatch and the hourtime podcast so the fact that you(Ariel) would be coming along makesI that much better.

  • http://almerick.so almerickso

    This is a fantastic giveaway from ABTW and Frederique Constant! To me the most interesting part of watch-making is in the design of the movements and the complications. What better way to understand all these intricacies is by piecing the whole movement together and get some insight from the in-house design team. Good luck to all!

  • bueiz75

    Bueno este premio es mio!!!
    Gracias,
    JB

  • wolf9827

    that´s a once in a lifetime to see and learn how complex and still competitive mechanical watches are compared to quartz. Besides that the beauty of putting so many parts together in such a small space and make them work.Regards.

  • MichaelZhang

    I’m pretty certain that if I won this trip it wouldn’t be one of the best moments in my life, it would be THE best moment of my life. There are priceless watches in this world, and although being a part of making a watch for Frederique Constant, which are not over priced watches, the experience in itself would be priceless.

  • ila

    visiting Frederique Constant is something great, but having personal made F.C. it’s a dream come true!!!

  • GWalkaa

    Well like many others have said what an opportunity. The most fascinating part of watch making has got be the milling of the mechanisms then the engineering and assembly behind each movement – its so intricate and precise all for something that the majority of the time goes unseen, a pure passion. Having a watch made for me would surely be a highlight of anybody’s life but it truly en-captures what watches are about for me – something which is truly unique and priceless which can be shared throughout family generations.

  • Thierry

    Hi,
    Splendid giveaway ! The machining parts process is what fascinates me. I would like to follow the process from engineering to production, and from incoming inspection to shipping. I’m a quality manager / auditor, so… you might get the picture.
    Then, assembling the parts, understanding the order of each steps, working with highly talented people in what I believe a very quiet environment, having some discussions with people there about their work, how they get into it, how they see the future of hand watch makers… and finally leave the place with ”my” watch… priceless !
    Thank you for the giveaway

  • gojiB

    Brilliant giveaway! Apart from just staring at the case back and watching videos, i really don’t know a whole lot about watchmaking and this would absolutely be a brilliant manner to get a first lesson in watchmaking.

  • wjackter

    This contest looks amazing.  I am very much into the design of watches and the part that interests me the most is the physics of the making the watch keep time.  Making sure that all parts are in perfect alignment to allow the watch the ability to actually keep time has been around for a while but is such an amazing feat.

  • Chijmer

    Hi, the experience of assembling my very own movement would be incredible! I’m especially interested on the chamfering and finishing aspects as that’s where the beauty of the movement is derived from

  • george80

    Fantastic GIVEAWAY to watch lovers alike!  It would of course be an amazing opportunity to see what you have built come to life.  Seeing your hairspring and center wheel breath their first breaths of life would be quite a thrill!  Not to mention this would all be achieved in Geneva, Switzerland!  Just awesome!

  • KS1

    This is a great contest.  For me, the most interesting part of watchmaking is the quest for ultimate precision, within the constraints of this mechanical craft  I think this experience is very appealing because you will end up with a watch that you technially understand quite well because you made it yourself.

  • MikeFig

    I would love to win this trip, because watchmaking is one of my greatest passions in life. I already have a career, but if I were to do anything else it would be to build watches. It is an endeavor that satisfies all of my great loves: beauty, mechanical prowess, careful problem-solving, and the urge to create. This trip would give me the opportunity to learn firsthand how watchmakers employ all of these and to gain the once-in-a-lifetime experience of doing it myself! As a side note, I actually really appreciate the work that Frederique Constant does, because, even though a lot of their previous work was based on old ideas, they seem to be really trying to take the manufacture to greater heights.

  • jcollege

    I would love to win this trip to see the watch making process happen in front of my eyes, and to fully understand, then build, and then own a watch that I built would be astounding.  The detail and precision that goes into these watches is amazing, would love to see it first hand!

  • DavidBenson1

    Honestly, the part that fascinates me the most is the people that build the watches and the people that design the internal workings. The rock steady hands of the assembler. The mind of the designer that can see hundreds of stages of movement in his head. That’s the part I like.

  • hhe

    This trip and experience would be great! To actually see how from dozens of parts a whole movement constructed, which is so accurate in presenting time! What is better then that!
    The precision that is possible which mechanical watches is awesome. Love to see and do it!

  • woohooo

    I absolutely love watches and am fascinated about the mechanics and the movement. Would love to build my own watch :-)

  • lionstan

    What a brilliant contest.  I have never been to Switzerland, so making a watch and seeing the country would be fun.  And the idea of creating a watch face sounds amazing.

  • zegwaardp

    In a time
    when it seems that technology is taking over every aspect of our lives, it’s
    amazing to see that mechanical watch making is more alive than ever. 
    As a
    lifetime supporter of mechanical watches and the skills of the craftsmen behind
    it, it would be my privilege to be able to enjoy this behind the scenes event
    made possible by Frederique Constant. 
    The greatest reward however would be to
    construct a mechanical time piece with my own two hands under the watchful eye
    of the professionals of Frederique Constant. The combination of a Swiss watch
    making company founded by Dutch entrepreneurs, would make this experience even
    more special

  • joakl

    I would have to say that the pre-production phase of “watch making” interests me the most.  Why is building a watch interesting to me?  Besides the enjoyment of building a Frederique Constant watch that will last for years to come, you are in the heart of watchmaking-Geneva.  Can it get better than this?  No!

  • kiddmen57

    Wonderful contest!  As a very hands on  engineer I used to design and help build/ de-bug precision automation equipment.  I am a home hobbyist machinist and really appreciate the art of creating mechanical works from raw materials.  The level of precision in watch  making fascinates me and is one of the primary reasons I love mechanical watches.  The most appealing part must be the installation of the balance wheel and giving the watch its heartbeat.  Being able to say that you built the timepiece on your wrist would be an amazing cherry on top to any watch lovers collection.

  • Stevew323

    The part that fascinates me the most about the chance of building a watch is that after all of the static pieces are placed in the right spot, the movement comes alive.  I would love to get the chance to bring life into a small piece of art!

  • socksguy

    The skill of the watchmaker and the craftsmanship of the company interest me the most. The amazing talents of constructing such fine machinery, art really…is breathtaking to me. Ever since my great grandpa showed me his pocket watch (an old Elgin ) and opened up the back to replace the mainspring…..I was hooked. I would love the opportunity to construct a timepiece so I can appreciate the effort that goes into one, and to be honest, Switzerland is a dream destination for me that I hope to visit once in my lifetime.

  • Draconis

    The meticulous detail paid to every part of watch making is what interests me the most. The second most interesting thing is how the movements and complications work; they boggle my mind.  I’d love to experience building a watch to have first hand knowledge and appreciation of what building a watch entails.

  • scoopster42

    I think meeting an watchmaker and learning what makes him/her tick (no pun intended) is the most interesting thing to me. At a time when quantity is valued greater than quality I would love to converse with someone who is as much as artist as an engineer.

  • http://marketingpunk.com marketingpunk

    I am fascinated with the watchmaking process and would love the opportunity to really get hands-on and build a watch of my own.  I would love to be able to see, from start to finish, how a quality timepiece comes together and understand each part of the movement that makes the watch operate.  What a great opportunity!

  • j01270

    Wow, what an event for an aficionado such as myself!  I love the column and Frederique Constant should be commended for this “prize”.  I love the artistry and shear mechanical talent involved with watchmaking.  Having visited numerous watchmakers in the last few years, having taken a young man I know to Lititz, Pa to visit Roland Murphy and interview with the Technicum (he was accepted in the class of 2013) I appreciate the talent and art which I do not have, that goes into these creations.
    I would love to win this opportunity and I would go!

  • RefikSerdarSikca

    Frederique Constant has been a constant (no pun intended!) on my horological radar over the past year, mostly due to the brand’s offering of high-quality watches with in-house movements at levelheaded prices.  Like many collectors, I seek to build an emotional connection to the brand before joining the family, so to speak.  And what better way to build that connection than visiting the Geneva manufacture of Frederique Constant and building an in-house movement, with the help of expert instruction.  This will be a watch with a magnificent story behind it, one I can cherish forever, and pass along to my kids someday.

  • MichaelLewis1

    I can’t imagine what an experience this will be for the lucky winner.  Horology has always been a passion of mine due to the intricacies, precision, and beauty that is in every handmade watch.  I would love my first trip to Europe to be a personalized visit to Frederique Constant to make my own beautiful watch.

  • johng73

    Superb contest , would love the experiance that this would give and to make your own time piece is a dream of anyone interested in watches .and to top it all off you get to do it in the home of watches in geneva , keep up the great work ABLOGTOWATCH and Frederique Constant superb stuff from both of you .

  • halfacat1

    I’ve always wanted to try my hand at watchmaking, i think the vast number of decorative finishing techniques (the things i would do to those bridges!!) is what interests me the most, and it is what gives the movement an artistic soul through technical excellence. An opportunity like this will hopefully elevate this hobby of mine from a pure collector and consumer role into that of a content creator!

  • qudths

    WHOA!  I’m geeking pretty hard at this one.  The coolest part about watches, and why I like them so much, is the fact that there is so much time and precision that is taken to each and every aspect of the watch; whether that is in the design, construction, assembly, or quality inspection of the watch.  In today’s Just-in-time, and mass production manufacturing environment, this commitment to make each component precisely is what makes watches so beautiful to own and to enjoy.
    It is an extra special treat if you get to go to a manufacture such as Frederique Constant as they build their own in-house movements, so you get a completely “ground up” view of how a watch is produced.  This is a really cool giveaway Ariel, and even if I don’t win, I’d like to see the follow up post on how the winner’s watch of choice was build and constructed at their facility.

  • WatchGeek

    The tolerances inside the workings of the timepiece has always fascinated me along with the way each piece works in conjunction with all the other parts. Amazing and wonderful to watch. (No pun intended.)

  • micdjunior

    This would be an incredible experience to be a part of an amazing art form. In a world where items are mass produced in China, and the individuality of products have been diminished as a result of quantity over quality, Swiss watches are still a wonder of hand-built precision. I’ve read much about Frédérique Constant and applaud their drive to produce high quality manufacture pieces that all horologists can enjoy. A chance to visit this factory in Geneva would be somethingtotalk about for years. What a simply amazing experience.

  • ChdJns2

    I am extremely bummed out that you have to be 18 in order to enter this contest because i am 16 and aspiring to become a watchmaker. This honestly sounds like a great experience because since i am a teenager i cannot afford the hobby of watch collecting and i cannot afford the expensive taste in watches that i seem to have.The part about watchmaking that i find the most alluring is the sheer excellence involved in the design of high end watches. As well  is there any chance i could persuade Ariel and Frederique Constant to allow such a 16 year old to enter this contest if possibly accompanied by an adult? I sincerely wish i could hold this experience under my belt as a (hopefully) future watchmaker. ChdJns2@gmail.com

  • AndrewBistak

    I have been asked recently at work about my mechanical watch ‘obsession’, and many have wondered why I find watches so fascinating when I have a perfectly good cell phone that shows the time.  My response to this has always been that there is a personal connection that I feel with the timepieces, since they would not function if I did not wear them in a constant rotation, place them in their winders, or hand wind them as need be.  Not only this, but the exacted intricacy required to function with such accuracies to each movement just astounds me!
    To have the possibility to not only get to tinker with used and as-is watches as I do quite often, but be given the possibility to build my own watch from scratch at the very center country of horology, in the confines of a premier manufacturer like Frederique Constant seems like a dream come true.  Should I actually win this fantastic trip, I should think that wearing  a built-by-me watch would be about as personal  an experience a horology fan as myself can have!   Thanks so much for this opportunity Ariel and Frederique Constant!

  • KyleAndrew

    In a throw-away world where everything is designed to be disposable, the idea of creating something intended to last fascinates me.  To be able to help assemble something that could still function in 100 years would be a wonderfully humbling experience.

  • Ali Sarafzade

    What part of watchmaking appeals to me the most? The accessibility of the craft to all ages and incomes. You don’t have to be wealthy to appreciate the engineering beauty of a finely made mechanical watch and the love of the craft can bring people of different ages and cultures together. Its become cool to be a watch nerd. 
    Why does this opportunity sounds appealing? Because it will help reinforce my personal view that the watchmaker is more than meets the eye. For many who buy timepieces and gawk at the price tags, it is difficult to appreciate the complexity of so many moving parts working in perfect harmony to provide you with a movement that functions with a few seconds from perfect time. I want to witness this magic myself.

  • johnp33

    This is a very exciting giveaway! Just the idea of one of us winning an amazing watch would be rewarding enough. Then to add to that, being able to travel to the place of origin where they actually make the watches, and then partake in the process of movement assembly is the ultimate.
    I have always loved working on all things mechanical. Combining this with my love of watches is a great combination. The construction of the mechanical movements fascinates me, so I recently began working on the TZWatchschool level 1 course. I love it! And I would love to have the opportunity to be able to work with the tools of the professionals at an amazing company. It would be like a dream come true for most of us.

  • turboscott

    I am most interested how the watches can be assembled so quickly (relatively) and still produce enough of them to sell them.  It takes me 6-8 hours to build a watch movement.  This trip is appealing to me because I am a amateur watch enthusiast who has rebuilt 2 mechanical watch movements with help from the Internet watch community.  It would be great to learn from the professionals that do this every day.  It would be a trip to remember every time the watch is worn.

  • jhronafalvy

    For me, the most appealing aspect is seeing the detail involved with putting together a movement. Most of my watches have a see through case back, but this would be the first time I’d actually get to be hands on.

  • Nealie

    I would love to be able to make my own watch. It would make up for when I was young and first got interested in horology. I decided to take apart my old Timex that I’d grown up with to see how it all worked. I almost got it all back together again, but managed to break one of the last pieces. Ah well. It would be great to see how professionals make such intricate mechanisms.

  • HopenYang

    The part of watchmaking that interests me the most is the finish of the movement. The amount of detail and precision involved is just astounding. This experience is appealing to me as it would allow me to have a more personal experience with the watchmaking world, and truly see the process that results in miniature mechanical wonders.

  • jgun1

    This is the opportunity of a lifetime! As someone who has worked in watches my entire adult life, I would love the opportunity to build my own watch (especially a Frederique Constant) and tour their factory. I am most interested in how various complications are designed and built.

  • apvinoveritas

    This is really a unique giveaway.  Frederique Constant brings one of my dreams to life. I imagine building a watch movement is a very hard work, however I always dreamed of doing this. It would be also exciting to see how the full watch creation cycle, from design to assembly works at one of the leading watch makers.

  • Backpackerx

    This would be amazing. I’m a fan of the brand and 5 months ago I finally bought the Frederique Constant Maxime Manufacture watch that first started my interest in the brand. The part of watchmaking that interests me the most is how the gearing for all of the complications is engineered and assembled. I’m 34 and since I was a child I’ve loved mechanical watches and  was always amazed at how hundreds of mechanical pieces can come together to accurately tell time and in such an artful way. My FC watch is my favorite watch and I’ve enjoyed  following Peter Stas’ story on building this great brand. I’ve been very close to ordering kits to build my own watch but am not enthused about the simple looks of these kits. To assemble my own Frederique Constant would be amazing.

  • Bonsaischaap

    I’d love to get a first hand look at what goes into making a watch: this would be the perfect opportunity to do so. Also, what could be nicer than wearing a watch that you put together yourself. The part of watchmaking itself that interests me the most is how the balance is achieved between carefully and meticulously crafting something this intricate, while at the same time doing so in a manner that allows for a steady and sufficient amount of supply.

  • SLReasons

    This is an amazing give away. Would love to win. I’m most intrigued by the necessity for detail in mechanical watch making.

  • DougCarnahan

    I’m very excited about this giveaway for whoever wins it. This is an incredible opportunity to experience the elegance, patience and sophistication of preparing mechanical movements as well as assembling the entire timepiece. I have done some reverse engineering on time pieces myself and find pure joy from taking apart and putting back together my watches. I am an avid writer myself and for me the creme de la creme opportunity would be to experience blogging about my experiences in Geneva, as well as opening up the possibility for future involvement in a blogtowatch. I would say good luck to anyone that wins this.

  • mimiju

    A DREAM COME TRUE!! Even though my chances are extremely thin, I just can’t miss such an occasion to live (for a brief moment in time) the life of a true watchmaker. Most of the reasons why watchmaking has such a “sex-appeal” have already been mentioned. But as an engineer, one would think that I would be particularly attracted by the technical side of watchmaking. However I truly fell in love with mechanical watches when I wore one for the first time: the ticking, the beating of its heart… This is when I felt for the first time that among all the objects a person can wear or use, a watch may well be the most soulful of them all. It has its spirit and its habits. Building my very own movement would be like a godlike act, creating a soul that would then live its own life (with just a little twist of a wrist)!

  • sixtysix

    I love watches and have my own bench where I ‘try’ to repair and and assemble watches. I mostly do batteries, hands and movement swaps….the more advanced stuff has eluded me so far. The trip to FC would be awesome and a chance to try a full assembly!! All areas of watch making are of interest to me….but losing small parts is the part I like the least :-).

  • craqus

    this is an amazing opportunity, thanks for providing it!  I’m fascinated by the precision of mechanical watches and would LOVE the opportunity to help build my own.  I’m most interested in the intersection between what CNC and other expensive equipment does for the watchmaking process, and the human element.  I mean, while most parts are now made without a lot of human interaction (no more tiny manual lathes), there’s still a very human element that goes into the assembly and design of a cool watch.  that’s the part that interests me the most, but I’m also very interested in case design and how unusual materials (titanium, carbon fiber, etc.) can be used in cases.
    thanks again, the winner will be VERY lucky, I hope they appreciate the experience!

  • dragondan108

    Very generous of Fredrique Constant to offer this, it would be a fantastic experience for me. I have longed to visit the homeland of Swiss watchmaking, and have an interest in watchmaking so I feel confident that I could assemble (with some quidance, of course) a great timepiece. I also look good on camera (-:
    Thank you for putting this together!

  • Draeger

    I have always been a very tactile learner with good mechanical aptitude. My appreciation for high-end timepieces has developed with the comprehension of the amount of perfectionism and passion put into their very conception. The understanding of what is poured into a watch’s construction has never ceased to astound and intrigue me. To me, watches represent the perfect union of mechanics and art. The spark that set off the fire of curiosity into the movements of timepieces was when I opened a cheap watch and realized the lack of substance at its heart. I set out to understand what quality and precision meant in a watch. I was not disappointed. Timepieces have since become an enthusiasm of mine were the pursuit of excellence and beauty can be admired. I would like to thank all involved in the making of this opportunity!

  • JiangHuaChoong

    Watch making is not just a craft but it is art coupled with manufacturing at its best. To be able to witness how one of the leading watchmaker  in the world in integrating perfect craftsmanship with the science of aesthetic in a timepiece should be the dream of anyone. So, here I am, submitting my only entry, hoping I’m lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this chef-d’oeuvre

  • pronin

    It´s appealing to me because watchmaking, and mechanical watches in general are to me the best expression of the ingenuous art of man craftmanship and engeneering creation translated in a jewel form. As a designer, love the form, design of the piece and the finish.

  • Bdraguts

    What an amazing giveaway from Frederique Constant. Whoever wins this…if its not me… will have an amazing story to tell the rest of ablogtowatch’s readers. I am new to collecting watches, slowly building a stable of affordables from watchmakers around the world. What interests me about watchmaking is the attention to detail in forming masterpieces that are small enough to fit on the wrist. Not only the attention to detail in building movements, but in designing every millimeter of a wristwatch from the case, to the dial, to the hands and more. This contest is appealing to me because it will only serve to expand my love, affection, and knowledge of horology.

  • OfMitesAndMen

    What an amazing opportunity! I’ve long wanted to learn how to assemble watches and see all the intricacies that go into constructing them. As a scientist, I love figuring out how things work and what makes a working whole, so seeing how the movement pieces together in sequence to provide the power for the watch is one of the things that I love about mechanical and automatic watches. I know quartz watches operate on similar mechanisms, but for some reason the lack of electricity in a fully mechanical movement makes the process that much more fascinating. Being allowed a hands-on look at how this all goes together, as well as the opportunity to try it out for myself under the tutelage of some of the greats is a fantastic chance!

  • skhlee

    Wonderful! A dream trip to peel back the intricate mysteries of what really goes on behind the dials of a delicate in-house mechanical movement, and to top it up, be awe-inspired by brilliant watchmakers to do it with.
    There can’t be any better way of taking love of watches to the extreme!

  • cblessy

    I’m entering this on behalf of my boyfriend of three years. No one can make me laugh like he can.

  • Gabechambers

    Wow what an opportunity- I find all parts of the watchmaking process very interesting and would love the chance to see this in action- to be able to participate  myself would be a dream for me.I have spent the lasr 20 years involved in an industry which prides itself on attention to detail (culinary arts) but has a very fleeting window of appreciation and would love to build something which would probably outlast me! Thanks again for the chance to participate in such an awesome prize.

  • cblessy

    I’m entering this contest on behalf of my amazing boyfriend of three years. He means the world to me… He makes me laugh every day. We recently went shopping for engagement rings. I made him a deal; when he proposes, I’m taking him watch shopping. He has a slowly growing watch collection and reads this blog every day. He’s fascinated by how watches operate and has spent hours lecturing me about different movement types. :) I can only imagine how surprised and excited he’d be to find out that the watch was made by me, especially for him!

  • nathanmoe

    So excited about this opportunity.  I admire watches so much.  Working in the medical device industry has given me a great appreciation for the quality of products coming out of Switzerland, watches included.  I would love the experience to get back to Switzerland, but this time to come home with a watch I have made myself.

  • Jimym3

    The best part is the intricate minute mechanical movements that have been designed by watch engineers. It’s amazing to see these time pieces work in unison. To go to Geneva to assemble a movement would be amazing and spellbinding! The city of Switzerland any time of the year is a must see and to be able to enjoy the sights and sounds is a dream come true.

  • puddpudd

    It will be the best holiday gift and experience! I always love horology. It will be a dream come true to be able to tour at the manufacture and see the work by the masters with my own eyes. Something that come only once in a lifetime. It will be a great experience that I will never forget. I’m a watch collector myself. I notice that compare to men watch ladies watch has less variety and less technical, although I must said diamonds sprinkles on the watches are not bad either :)

  • OC_Rob

    Wow!  I’d jump at the chance to watch someone else build a movement.  The opportunity to experience it hands-on is just awesome.  THANK YOU for putting together such an interesting, once-in-a-lifetime experience!  I’ve always been a tinkerer and I love all types of precision mechanisms – from race cars to motorcycles to industrial manufacturing machinery and beyond.  Over the past 4 years, I’ve become particularly fascinated by mechanical watches and clockwork.  The engineering and craftsmanship are incredible and of course, even the simplest mechanical watch movement is visually engaging.  I love that FC now makes in-house movements and would be honored to even visit their facility, let alone build my own!!!

  • Deprosecutor

    I would love to opportunity to finally assemble my own watch. I’ve been reading everything I can get my hands on in preparation of assembling my own watch. I love the intricacy of the even the simplest watch movements. And the hand finishing that goes into the truly high end pieces is amazing.

  • Bls8925

    I love the mechanics of an automatic watch. In a world of expanding technology it’s nice to know that an art like watch building is still so respected by many. The tiny parts of a watch working together is perfect harmony is just so impressive. I would love to experience this first hand and have the ability to understand exactly what goes into building one of these tiny machines.

  • BauerPWR

    Coolest contest ever…  Way to raise the bar with the new website and giveaways!  Frederique Constant continues to catch my eye with their beautiful movements and ridiculously good prices. If i had to choose a part of watchmaking that I found most exciting, it would be the time and dedication that watchmakers go through to complete and hand finish a watch. Hand Finishing a watch is truly a lost art, one that only the most accomplished of manufactories can accomplish with precision. It is due to this fact, that many of the manufactures (AP, Vacheron, Patek, etc.) that employ these techniques are extremely expensive.  That to me is what is so astonishing about Frederique Constant, that they can continue to build beautiful, technically advanced watches, all while keeping costs reasonable for current and future watch enthusiasts to enjoy.  To sum it up, it would be an amazing experience to go to Frederique Constant’s Manfactory and experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.

  • AwsmSpaceMonkey

    Wow, what a contest.  Switzerland is definitely on the list of places I must visit.  Add to that the chance to assemble your own watch and you have a once in a lifetime opportunity.  Observing the amount of work that goes into manufacturing these timepieces will significantly increase ones level of appreciation and understanding of them.  Thanks for the opportunity.

  • Kruczek

    Incredible contest from a great site and company

  • http://www.erichenao.com/ erichenao

    Learning how to make a automatic/manual watch would be great. After collecting a few beginner watches, and tinkering, getting to know the real deal would be icing and give me a better appreciation and understanding of what goes on in that little machine on my wrist! Plus, a trip to Switzerland?!?!? That would be amazing as well!

  • phredless

    I have been fascinated by watches my entire life.  I think the sheer beauty of creating something mechanical, on such a small scale, that is so much more than just a time-keeper is truly one of the greatest marriages of art and craft.  The assembly of a movement is certainly amazing, but the opportunity to actually learn a little about the design and thought that goes behind it would be the biggest thrill.

  • DaveRohde

    Employing a concise and accurate distillation of why, origin, fascination, etc., is not a task which comes easily when the allure and evolution of my “watch-fixation”-shall we call it- found it’s mental receptor in my personal vault of instrumental passions. I can identify the spike however; my time spent in the military. My position was one of which accuracy and team synchronization was it’s very DNA. I’ve destroyed my fair share of adequate time pieces performing various duty-related operations both under training and operational(real world active deployment)environments. This site and the possibility of an in-person visit to the esteemed Frederique Constant manufacturing facility serves only as fuel to an already intense blaze.Frederique Constant

  • drinkbord

    I run my own watch brand, Gloriousdays, so naturally I have an interest in everything watches. What interests me the most though is the watch as a style communicator and how we express ourselves and our personality by our choice of timepiece. Adding this experience under my belt would be an incredible chance to gain more knowledge in the actual process of making watches.

  • http://uipress.com/ createlogic

    Always wanted to see how the mechanism works. The oscillation and the movement always have fascinated me. It would definitely be a great experience to actual build one of these classics yourself and over top of that you can keep the watch. WOW!

  • Sumanr1

    Everything about watch making fascinates me, from design, to manufacture, to the final polishing of the case. Above all I would say that I am fascinated by the design process – the design brief and objectives, the role market research plays (or doesnt play), the brand DNA, the innovation, the influence of bean counters! etc etc. I’m fascinated in how a concept becomes a reality, and all of the steps along the way that shape the actual end product. I would love the chance to experience this first hand at the manufacture of Frederique Constant. I would also love the chance to witness first hand the actual craft of precision watchmaking. I would really love to win, so I hope I do! keep up the good work. Suman. sumanreddybscllb@gmail.com

  • EricHK

    What an amazing opportunity to get a glimpse of this beautiful trade from the best in the world. I have always admired the craftsmanship involved in making a compicated piece of machinery on such a minitature scale. I could certainly use the advice from the masters, I started taking a watchmaking course  by correspondence and can already tell it is harder than it looks! Even filing, which sounds simple at first, is challenging for a beginner like me:)

  • chez

    Wow! awesome opportunity! Thank you Mr. Adams. Aside from the trip to Switzerland; which I understand is stunning, this is an amazing opportunity. I would love to get a chance to watch and experience the watchmaking/movement process, learn about the ‘behind the scenes’ of the watchmaking world, and get to spend some time with many experts in the ‘watchery’ world, including yourself! I am especially interested in the tourbillon/open face process.

  • Moky

    Oen of the key things which interests me in watchmaking is how they are able to make leaps in power reserve technology. I’ve seen watches with 2 day, 3 day, 8 and 10 day reserves and would love to know and learn how they do that and why it isn’t standard in most luxury watches! This is a great giveaway! Looking forward to it! kku_888@shaw.ca

  • AndreiMugur

    what’s there to comment? i want to go :))

  • larsgrafik

    When I contemplate buying a watch, one of the key points for me, is the movement. The micromechanics of a mechanical movement, can never keep time as precise as a quartz movement, but the craftmanship required to make for example a COSC certified wathc is stunning. Making something with that many moving parts to keep a  maximum tolerance of 1/21600 is mindblowing. I would love to wear a watch, that I can gaze at, and think: I accomplished something special!

  • AndreiMugur

    every part of watch making interest me, but lately i’ve been baffled by design cues that i simply can’t understand. You see a watch, u read about the movement, you accept de price, but somehow there’s that one or two flaws in design that you just can’t overlook. I wonder what’s the process of chosing the watch dial design ?!

  • http://www.independent-watchmakers.com/ IndWatchmakers

    The most interesting part in watchmaking, at least for me, is the assembling of the movement. This crucial step is where all the skills of the watchmakers are put to use to correctly assemble each components.
    This experience would be a life long dream because it is something you cannot afford, working with a Frederique Constant watchmaker on Frederique Constant model is only available if you are a watchmaker. The outcome of this unique opportunity will not only create a unique watch but also a place in my heart.

  • matthewjallison

    For me the most interesting part is the actual assembly of the movement.  It amazes me how small each piece is and to actually be able to see this in action would make me appreciate this process even more.

  • caprice1166

    I am writing this for my husband who would go abosoloutly insanely crazy with such a fabulous oppertunity, such as this. Imagine presenting this as a Christmas present, he would be delirious. ….I dont know, but he is  constantly sending me links and video  and how they make parts of the watches and asking me to pick up watch magazines for him, so I know he is in awe of the whole process and respect the art of it.
    caprice1166

  • thorbe

    mention what part of watch making interests you the most and why this experience to go build a watch sounds appealing to you.
     I really like the magical co-operation of all the parts, that work together to give a best timekeeping a mechanical watch can offer you. The fine-tuning to adjust the parts, to tune that last second/24h. To assemble that movement and to tune and watch afterwards are a magical moment.

  • peffeboy

    I´m absolutley fasionated by the pure fact that such tiny parts can be assembled to something as beatiful as a working watch. I sit stunned as I watch how al the tiny parts move at the same time and pace all the time. I would really enjoy going to a true swiss watchmaker and learn by a true profesional how to put the tiny peaces togheter to create a true work of art!

  • king920

    I have always been fascinated by any task that blends art with practicality. I have always thought that horology demonstrates this harmony perfectly. This trip would give me an experience that I would never be able to afford. All we have is our time while we are on earth. Why not measure it with the utmost respect?

  • dougdechow

    Like other respondents, I’m fascinated by the mechanical artistry and precision that is embodied by the best manufacture movements. I know that it’s a very pedestrian question, but I’ve always wanted to ask a watchmaker, in particular, one involved with movement design, what influences the type of baseplate that is chosen for a new movement. I’d love to know if there are certain standard templates that dictate the layout of the going train, or if it is the going train that influences the selection of the baseplate.For years I’ve thought about taking an NAWCC introductory bench course. This would fit that bill nicel

  • JohnKim

    I’ve enrolled in the application process for watchmaking school and would love to be able to go through school with a Frederique Constant timepiece on my wrist that was assembled by me. A “constant” reminder of my amazing trip and my novice interactions with the internal mechanics of a movement before my formal trining and career.

  • arthurz

    A few years I managed to clean up and repair watches. I tried to design my own watch, but it never left the drawingboard or I only got to the faceplate. This giveaway is certainly a great opportunity to experience the art of watch making.

  • pkansa

    The part that seems the most interesting to me is actually understanding how the bits ‘n bobs come together to actually get you a working timepiece.

  • Douglas Hethmon

    I saw a newspaper article about watchmaking and knew it was for me.  I was fortunate to take one watchmaking class some time ago, however, life has gotten in the way of fulfilling a dream.  This trip would be a dream fulfilled.

  • RobertCreamer

    I would like to see how a movement is adjusted for accuracy after assembly. To own a watch I have helped to assemble would
    be great.

  • frostino

    I would love to win this.  If I could build a watch, I’d hand it down in about 40 years to my child.  It would have a great story to go with it.

  • Remora56

    Wow what an amazing opportunity! I would love to put together a watch and see the pieces come together.

  • roachmotel

    This would be an amazing opportunity to work with some talented watch makers and see how a real watch is designed an constructed.  I’ve always been interested in how the makers take the designs to the work shop.  A great family heirloom and a story to go with it.  Priceless.

  • http://www.alexisgodschalk.com agodschalk

    Two of my favorite things, travel and watches (and cars too ;). The idea of maybe being able to travel to Geneva and see watch maker Frederique Constant at work excites me beyond belief. I would love to just see a master at work and learn about the process from design to final product. I have no idea how materials are chooses and would love to see how and learn this happens. The idea of being able to learn to built it myself blows my mind. Having a watch that was built by me under the guidance of a master such as Frederique Constant would make that watch of such value that I would love to give it to my son and have him give it to his kids (hopefully) – this is the best giveaway by far!!

  • ThaGoz

    I’d love to assemble the watch and work on it through all stages of the process. Perhaps they would allow me to engrave my initials or something on the rotor, make it a 001/001 production piece!

  • fcbutler

    I would love this opportunity. My grandfather was a watchmaker, and I have always had a passion to learn more about the mechanics of a watch movement. What better way to do so than by building it from scratch. I love automatic movements, and the more that I can learn about them, the more I love them. I would love to see how all of those pieces fit together in such a tiny place. What a fantastic giveaway!

  • Davekony

    Few years ago i started to read about watches and i was looking for the real value, the unique movements. Im not Donald Trump so i was start to looking for affordable manufacture watches. My 3 favorite is the FC, the Nomos and the Seiko. From this three the FC is the Swiss manufacturer and i would love to see the place and the method their working. Im not an engeenier i woluld just love to win the second or third prices, but defenetly the first one should be the lifetime experience. Plus my pláne ticket costs less because im from hungary 😀

  • halinutzza

    A couple of years ago I went to Switzerland, on my own, to take part in a training in Neuchatel coordinated by WOSTEP. Besides the 2-day training, during which I got the chance to assemble and disassemble a movement, I had 2 additional days to just travel in the Jura region and visit all the museums. It was absolutely magnificent! So, I long to be in Switzerland again and be around exquisite calibers and expert watchmakers. I consider that the best part of watchmaking is the assembly of the caliber; the patience needed is enormous, especially when setting the oscillating wheel and I wish I had the chance to do that again.

  • Tofy

    I would die to get there, and see one of my favourite watch makers in action.
    I love watches, know a lot of brands and types, unfortunatelly I could never aford a real swiss watch … and what can I say about a real swiss journey ?
    It sounds amazing …. simply amazing.
    I would be honoured to take part of this !
     Cheers aBlogtoWatch.com and Frederique ConstantFrederique ConstantFrederique Constant

  • Espo

    A pure manufature FC watch with classy and clean design, black leather around the wrist. By Swiss quality, and even by my own hands. What a proper time peace it would be. I’d definitely wear it every day and to reflect over how much I (could) learn(ed) by seeing the watchmaking industry from the inside. That would easily be a dream that comes true.

  • DavidJanssen

    After buying my first Frederique Constant runabout I,ve been fascinated by the moving hartbeat. It would be a perfect opportunity to see how this is actually build. A dream come true to see the real craftmenship at their factory.

  • reggie_nana

    Even though I am thoroughly a noob in watchmaking, I have always been very fascinated and most interested by the ability of the watch functioning on its own without any kinetic assistance in automatic watches. The eye for perfection (literally) and mind for detail of each watchmaking master are also ridiculously exquisite, much to my amazement I would love to go to the headquarters of Frederique Constant, whose watch is my first luxury watch, to experience and see for myself the art of watch making, eventually owning a customized watch of my own from my favourite watchmaker.

  • RegisBrion

    Good morning,
    I would be glad to discover the manufacture Frederique Constant from inside and to see the heart of one of its watches. I’m always fascianted to see what a small mechanic can do. Doing it into the manufacture adds to the pleasure and would make me feel like a professionnal watchmaker.
    I really like the ancient knowledge and know-how in watchmaking.
    Thank you for all Frederique Constant

  • http://www.armamentarium.ru Mikhail Broyan

    I’ve got automatic watches since I was a child. Watch-loving is a kind of must in our family. My first mechanical watch was russian Polyot. It was ok, but very thick and non-accurate. Then I’ve bought several quartz swiss watches and at last I’ve met with my FC Junior with FC-303. I adore them and use almost everyday. I like to take them off sometimes and watch how the mechanism works through a small circle at the back. I fully understand that my Junior is not a complex watch, compairing with expensive models, but I like it. In the watchmaking I was always interested in tourbillion and how it works. A calendar algo is also exciting. I would like to know and see how this is made, using a mechanism, and how a piece of metal becomes a piece of art, which is a step to create something autonomous, alive.

  • Frederik930

    Awesome giveaway! I am just now, in the process of buying a limited Frederique Constant. The heart beat manufacture is fascinating to see and the technique inside is just mind blowing. I would love to experience the making of these precision build timepieces and learn first hand with the expert watchmakers how to construct a caliber. I would also love to meat the follow Dutch man and women who started the company while I’m there.

  • Renaud GUYON

    It would be a great experience ! I already practiced a little, but not with such watches. As I’ve got the choice, I would prefer to do last operations until hands, close, start and control. To feel the watch birth…

  • KennyYeo

    What a lovely gesture by Frederique Constant. I would love to go on to this trip and find out first hand just how the various bits and pieces in a watch come together to measure time. Also, I’m interested to see what Frederique Constant does to make their watch look so beautiful.

  • csoman

    As Im a great fan of mechanical watches I would love to be instructed by a professional watchmaker during assembling my own FC watch :)). Im not a watchmaker or a mechanic, but Im very interested in how a watch works. It would be a great opportunity to get more familier with mechanical timepieces in Geneva, where else?? :)
    My ‘favourite’ part of a watch is the escapement and the balance wheel, I love to watch them working!
    Awesome giveaway with a very creative first prize!!

  • dave1971

    Without doubt the coolest prize ever for watch nerds! For me, understanding how a movement is put together by hand is the most intriguing part of watch making. Sure, the parts can be machined within 10 microns, but when they’re put together by hand, how much of the skill of the watchmaker makes a difference to the movements accuracy? The opportunity to see it first hand – and experience it – would be hugely satisfying to understand this.

  • PiggyHeng

    The most interesting part in watch-making is the process of making something magically, something that is so appealing and useful for centuries and even till now, it is still consider a luxury and expert craftsmanship. This experience will be wonderful as it might intrigue my idea of going to a horology school to learn something so that I might one day open a small watch shop to recommend people nowadays on what is a true watch maker’s watch, instead of just buying base on brands (Like the Armani line-up of watches) and be able to share knowledge to people. I really hope to win, especially the trip which is really a lifetime experience among lifetime experience! Thanks!

  • javitom1

    Just assembling such a little thing that will last almost forever makes me so curious. I’d like to see all the process from the beginning till the end and have the privilege to get in touch with the people that make it possible.

  • DonaldEvans

    Just to see all those parts come together to build a watch, all done by hand and not a machine.
    That’s exciting.

  • Robert Pierce

    Mi pasion son los relojes. Siempre he soñado co ir a Genova. Tal vez cuando me retire lo haga. Disfruto todos los dias mi reloj FC 303x4b4516

  • Hermama

    I need a present for my LOVE, who has his birthday on december 31th. The look on his face if this could be his present would be the best start of 2013 I can imagine!!

  • Hermama

    I need a present for my LOVE, who has his birthday on december 31th. The look on his face if this could be his present would be the best start of 2013 I can imagine!!
    If he could choose a different carreer he would be a watch maker, he has fantastic ideas for his own watch, but he doesn’t have the right materials to make it. He repairs watches as a hobby, to create a watch is a dream!

  • KavinKandasamy

    Watches have long been a testament of history and culture. It’s amazing how a small piece of machine has to be put together so meticulously with a blend of art and passion to make an ever lasting statement. For long I have aspired to buy a watch that is a true reflection of of me and that’s what brought my attention to Fredrique Constant. I’m fascinated by the intrinsic attention that goes into watch-making to produce an exquisite timeless classic. Travelling to the Geneva the holy grail for watch making and building a watch would be a profound experience for me. I would be elated to experience the process myself and further associate with a brand that in a short span of time has created a following for itself. Moreover it would be a fabulous opportunity to talk to the other creators and gain insights into their perspective of art of watch making. 
    If this were to happen, it would go down as my best memoir.

  • Daryl_SG

    The process of assembling the movement from scratch will be a awesome experience for me. I will dedicate the finished product to my mum who has also went through the same process of bringing us up from children to adults with her passion and sacrifice. Now I would like make her a gift made by her boy who is an adult, rewarding her for her time with time. Hope that I will able make it happen before Mother’s day on the 12th May.

  • mushie

    The story behind each watch in the making. Every unique experience is a learning journey; only then, will one appreciate the individuality of each timepieces.

  • Aston14

    I love the engineering of a mechanical watch. The movement itself is not only a technical feat, but a beautiful thing to look at. I would love to go to see this process first-hand, and to have a go at it myself. 
    When I was a bit younger I would watch the talented craftsmen at a watch repair shop near my house take apart a movement behind the counter, carefully checking every piece. It was amazing to watch. It would be amazing to watch those movements get made in the first place, and to be able to have a hand in it myself.

  • phut

    Horology holds a similar interest to as the automotive world. These are the two most intricate and ‘every-day’ accessible forms of mechanical engineering. The fact they also provide an emotional connection is the icing on the cake.
    There are watches I can appreciate for their mechanical (or electronic) prowess, just as there are automobiles I can appreciate from a technical perspective. 
    Then there are the ones I love; the Frederique Constant Slimline Tourbillons of the horological world, and the Bugatti Type 57 Atlantics of the automotive world.
    To be able to follow a timepiece from manufacture to wrist is a dream for me, on slightly more attainable, and no less enthralling, than the similar dream to create a bespoke automobile.

  • Sergy

    I am a big fan of Frederique Constant. I have been following them for more than 2 years. I have recently purchased their new timepiece – FC Index Moontimer. What a beautiful watch! It would be like dreams come through to have a possibility to visit Frederique Constant Manufacture and build the FC watch on your own. I am pre-occupied with moon phase complication. The moon affects my life very much. It would be an incredible experience to see how this complication is incorporated in the watch making process. Moreover, I am available for travel in May.

  • ukwolfeman

    Huge fan of Frederique Constant. Traveling to Switzerland in this type of scenario would be a dream come true. As far as watch making is concerned the part that interests me most is movement adjustment and timing to assure precision. Just an incredible opportunity. Thanks.

  • eba3eb

    The thing that interests me the most about watchmaking is the craftsmanship that goes into it. I would love nothing more than to see and take part in the process of crafting a new watch.

  • PrabhjotAnand

    The one thing which interests me the most is to make and see how the watch actually works and would also love to experiment if I can make a watch which goes anti-clockwise. that will be something awesome. This experience of building a watch myself seems really appealing to me as it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity to any watch lover on this planet, and nobody would risk to miss it…

  • rgaimari1

    I think it would awesome to be allowed to build my own watch under the tutilage of the master watchmakers at Frederique Constant.  I love my Frederique Constant FC306S4S6 Slim Line Automatic Watch & would like to learn more about how it actually works.  It’s a spectacular watch.   Spending more time in Geneva, Switzerland would be amazing too!  Cheers!

  • TeodoroDiStasi1

    i share with Frederique Constant the philosophy to create high quality watches at affordable prices, without sacrificing attention to detail- I really appreciate movements such as FC292, or design such as clock Maxime Automatic-
    I would be happy to be a witness and participant in the process of making a clock signed Frederique Constant

  • Stokpot

    I would like to learn from a watchmaker how the movement is built and what goes into constructing the watch. The main thing would be building your watch. To me this would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  • JARAMA

    I am very interested in watch design as well as manufacture; as I am most taken by the design of Frederique Constant watches therefore I would very much like to get the opportunity to experience first hand the work of craftsmen

  • http://www.golfcaddyonline.com GolfNut59

    I love watches and am especially interested in the way they are made.  Specifically, all the different types of watch complications from the Swiss to the Asian.  I am particurally interested in Chronographer style watches both quartz and mechanical.  Additinally, I like unusual complications and watch looks and can only imagine how tough it is to make such fine timepieces.  I have been to Switzerland before but never to watch the watchmakers at work or to interface with them in building a  working timepiece. This would be a trip of a lifetime!

  • bouboubouv

    Very good idea to attend or participate in the assembly of a watchwho personally what interests me most is the adjustment of the balancebut any step is interestingthe dexterity is impressive

  • kvo141

    Building a movement is surely the most exciting moment of the watch building, as anybody can take an assembled movement and put it in the case. Make a movement and make it run perfectly is what shows real craftsmanship. I would be honored to go through such an adventure and believe that this is an experience that will stay with one for the whole life.

  • MiguelArrieta

    The part of watch making I would like to know is when the designers create a new model. I think the experience to go to Geneve to visit the Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture to see how a watch would be amazing because I love time pieces.

  • danbouchard

    Final assembly as the culmination of design and production. I can’t imagine the feeling of pride when a newly designed movement is fired up for the first time and runs flawlessly.

  • http://www.TheDuiSpecialist.com jefffengchengyeh

    To me, a mechanical watch has a soul: the movement. For a casual collector like myself to be able to wear a watch the soul of which I helped to construct instantly makes the piece “priceless.” These days, with a multitude of brands and models, it has become increasingly challenging to find one’s “Grail watch.” But if given the chance to go to Geneva to participate in the construction of my very own movement of a Frederique Constant of my choice, the final product will undoubtedly be the “Grail watch” that not even the most expensive of watches can ever replace.

  • AlainFrijlink

    Living in Switzerland shows the dedication and precision Swiss have. Basically I want to put this in practice as well.

  • chichene

    the watch is for me a great arts of precision! and what interests me is the functioning of the watch without battery! I’d like how its works!

  • Leon96

    I love watches since I’m a little child. It always fascinated me, especially mechanical watches. I bought this year a watch of Frederique Constant, for which I saved my pocket money. I didn’t regret it. I like the design really much and I love to keep my ear to the watch to hear the ticking. There are so much details, which makes every watch different to each other.
    For me, the assembling of the components is the most interest part. If I think, how much percision in just one watch is – absolutly interesting!
    I think, it would be a great feeling to build my own watch and to see how experts make a watch. There are so different kind watches but to have my own one which is selfbuilded, would be awesome. 
    Excuse me for my bad grammar.

  • JohnMarchiando

    I’ve always been fascinated with watchmaking and the intricate detail involved.  I often think I should have been involved in mechanical engineering and design, as I often find myself working more and more with all things mechanical.  It’s the overall fit and finish of the products that I find the most interesting – the guilloche and other finishing techniques are amazing.
    I’d love to be involved in the actual manufacture of a timepiece (and one I would eventually wear) and look forward to seeing where this leads!

  • Damian_Farmer

    Oh for the chance to build my own timepiece, and what a fantastic place to be taught to do so. A chance to learn from the masters of understated elegance in timepieces.

  • Leon96

    I love watches since I’m a little child. It always fascinated me, especially mechanical watches. I bought this year a watch of Frederique Constant, for which I saved my pocket money. I didn’t regret it. I like the design really much and I love to keep my ear to the watch to hear the ticking. There are so much details, which makes every watch different to each other. 
    For me, the assembling of the components is the most interest part. If I think, how much percision in just one watch is – absolutly interesting!
    I think, it would be a great feeling to build my own watch and to see how experts make a watch. There are so different of kind watches but to have my own one which is selfbuilded, would be awesome. Excuse me for my bad grammar.

  • Osirisfalling

    The part of watching making that interests and appeals most to me is the rare skilled trade, the craft. I would love to see and understand a visceral trade where there is pride and care in what one makes. There are very few blacksmiths anymore, no one forges there own cutlery. But, to be able to build your own watch and enjoy the fruits of your own labor is rare. I would love to be able to wear my watch knowing how it was manufactured and assembled and enjoy it’s uniqueness that much more. In a way, it is more yours when you have a hand in making it.

  • NicolasNicolas

    Thank you Ariel for your brilliant articles and reviews.  Having recently discovered my true passion in life: WATCHES! And yes, apart from obsessing over every little bit of watch data I can find, I am seriously looking into ways of entering the watch making world and essentially completely changing my career path! Admittedly I am a complete novice and do not yet know which area of the watch world is most suitable to me, however a chance to try my hand in Switzerland would be just about the greatest way I could think of – hell yeah!!!

  • AtomicAxis

    What an awesome contest.  Traveling to the heart of the watchmaking world to design your own watch

  • mwelu78

    I would love to learn about the inner workings of a watch – my top two reasons are 1: to see the difference that is associated with calibre or grade of movement, ie. standard to chronometer; and 2: some day be able to get my grandfathers old Alpina pocket watch working properly.

  • JopawVillarosa

    i’m no mechanical or industrial engineer, but i find the movements fascinating. just the designing, how to figure out why each specific part and gear and cog was chosen really takes skill and know-how that not everyone has. it is this reason why i understand watches have value, and not just a price. :)

  • bb2791

    Watches are like human beings, each one of them has their own personalities and merit. Some goes faster, some goes slower. Some looks modern; some looks nostalgic. Some are elegant, rich & famous; some are down to earth and hardworking…
    Automatic watches are similar to self-motivated people, and mechanical watches are like people need a little push for everything. Don’t forget the soulless walking zombies; the quartz watches and the robots digital watches. For me, zombies & robots are out of the picture… one or two will be more than enough. 
    Buying a new (automatic or mechanical) watch is like making a new friend or getting into a relationship. Some can only be friends (mostly sitting in the watch box, wear occasionally), and some will get intimate (wearing everyday).
    Anyhow, get back to the point: what interest (fascinate) & appealing to me are the below:Balance wheel – is like the heart of a watch, watching is “pumping” made me feel that this watch is alive,Mainspring – it is something I cannot see, but knowing that it is the source of “life”Rotor – a brilliant design Mr. Abraham-Louis Perrelet. 
    By assembly the above made me feel like bring life to a watch (very excited by just thinking of it).

  • mnjenga

    I have always been fascinated by watches ever since I was a small boy a liking that has grown into an ardent interest in horology over years. The watch making process that intrigues me the most is assembling movements the intricacies and precision involved is just astounding, it is truly where science meets art! My love affair with Frederique Constant started on an inflight duty free magazine at which point I decided I was going to own one someday. Six years down the line my Frederique Constant is simply one of the best retail purchases I have ever made, excellent quality/price ratio, a possession I truly treasure. The privilege of visiting Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture and getting to experience how these magnificent timepieces come to life would surely be beyond my wildest dreams!
    Michael
    Nairobi, KenyaFrederique Constant/Alpina manufacture

  • mnjenga

    I have always been fascinated by watches ever since I was a small boy a liking that has grown into an ardent interest in horology over years. The watch making process that intrigues me the most is assembling movements the intricacies and precision involved is just astounding, it is truly where science meets art! My love affair with Frederique Constant started on an inflight duty free magazine at which point I decided I was going to own one someday. Six years down the line my Frederique Constant is simply one of the best retail purchases I have ever made, excellent quality/price ratio, a possession I truly treasure. The privilege of visiting Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture and getting to experience how these magnificent timepieces come to life would surely be beyond my wildest dreams!
    Michael
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • mnjenga

    I have always been fascinated by watches ever since I was a small boy a liking that has grown into an ardent interest in horology over years. The watch making process that intrigues me the most is assembling movements the intricacies and precision involved is just astounding, it is truly where engineering meets art! My love affair with Frederique Constant started in an inflight duty free magazine catalog at which point I decided I was going to own one someday. Six years down the line my Frederique Constant is simply one of the best retail purchases I have ever made, excellent quality/price ratio, apossession I truly treasure. The privilege of visiting Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture and getting to experience how these magnificent timepieces come to life would surely be beyond my wildest dreams!
    Michael
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • mnjenga

    I have always been fascinated by watches ever since I was a small boy a liking that has grown into an ardent interest in horology over years. The watch making process that intrigues me the most is assembling movements the intricacies and precision involved is just astounding, it is truly where engineering meets art! My love affair with Frederique Constant started n an inflight duty free magazine catalog at which point I decided I was going to own one someday. Six years down the line my Frederique Constant is simply one of the best retail purchases I have ever made, excellent quality/price ratio, a possession I truly treasure. The privilege of visiting Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture and getting to experience how these magnificent timepieces come to life would surely be beyond my wildest dreams!
    Michael
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • TicToc

    FC builds beautiful timepieces! My first precious watch was a FC and the brand will always be special to me. A great opportunity to be a part of that.

  • mnjenga

    I have always been fascinated by watches ever since I was a small boy a liking that has grown into an ardent interest in horology over years. The watch making process that intrigues me the most is assembling movements the intricacies and precision involved is just astounding, it is truly where engineering meets art! My love affair with Frederique Constant started on an inflight duty free magazine catalog at which point I decided I was going to own one someday. Six years down the line my Frederique Constant is simply one of the best retail purchases I have ever made, excellent quality/price ratio, a possession I truly treasure. The privilege of visiting Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture and getting to experience how these magnificent timepieces come to life would surely be beyond my wildest dreams!
    Michael
    Nairobi, Kenya

  • dutchmanandwatchman

    My interest in watches startet, when I got my first watch. Ever since I love them, because it’s e part of your clothing, a part of your style and that’s why I’m very interested in Frederique Constant. Classical style I love so FC appeals great to my interests.I’ve once repared an old watch of my grandpa and it was just amazing to see how much different and tiny pieces are essential to keep a watch alive. At the moment I’m doing an apprenticeship as a polymechanic contracted by Ronda AG in Lausen. I’ve read en article about Frederique Constant in a dutch newspaper called Elsevier which really impressed me and made me thinking the function of different watch types. I would really like to learn more about this great feats. Also the manufacture of Frederique Constants fascinates me.My dream of career is to be a technical ingeneer and in my opinion, watches are just the best example to show, why every little piece of a project is needed and why they have to be as perfect as possible, to facilitate high quality, which today is crucial to keep or make place on the industrial market.For me it would mean living a dream in different ways.

  • iwhite

    Sounds like an awesome giveaway. I’ve already planned to build a watch based on the sketches and common japanese movements, thus this opportunity sounds very appealing to me. Building the case design is the most interesting part of the process (has been to me so far).

  • CR

    Dear Mr. Adams,
    Reasons to take me on your trip to Geneva.
    1. Technical ability and interest in watchmaking. I own a business that sells hearing aids. I have spent 8 years in this industry and as a result have spent 1000’s of hours at my work bench with my tools trying to fix and repair hearing instruments. I enjoy making a tiny device work properly to the satisfaction of it’s owner. This is what I do every day, similar to mechanical watchmakers. I use some of the same tools a watchmaker does and I often sit at a stool trying to fix tiny little parts in a similar fashion to a watchmaker. So, spending several days listening about arduous requirements and tasks will not be a waste on me. I am a dry sponge waiting to absorb swiss expertise. Ability to get time off for this trip is no problem either, I am my own boss. If Mr. Stas invites me to stay for another week to go skiing in St. Moritz, no problem.
    2. Philanthrope. I don’t mean this in the manner that I give money to charity. I cannot because of my addiction to watch collecting. As a philanthrope, I love all people. I am able to interact and relate with everyone. From the person driving me to Frederique Constant’s HQ to Mr. Stas himself. If a reception with Mr. stas is required, I will wear black tie if necessary, sip on my Old Fashioned (with Artic Velvet of course), and people will probably mistake me for Don Draper. However, if Mr. Stas prefers to share a 12 pack of Dutch beer on his boat (preferably Grolsch), then i will change into lederhosen and go alpine casual. I am a man for all occassions and a friend to all people.
    3. My age is perfect. 36 years old, good looking (according to my wife and mother). At this age I am a professional who is neither too young, nor too old for FC to use in their videos or promotional pictures. Let’s be honest FC doesn’t want someone who looks like Rodney Dangerfield in Caddy Shack, nor Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone 8. I would say I resemble a slightly younger Billy Baldwin.
    4. Watch enthusiast. I own watches from several major Swiss Brands, including Frederique Constant. My Freddie C does not have an in-house movement, therefore receiving an in-house watch from FC at the actual manufacturing site would be a dream come true. Actually making my own watch at FC, that is bucket list worthy. Next up would be ascending the Eigernordwand. 
    5. Experienced Traveler. I have lived in Spain and Slovakia. I have traveled to over 45 countries; this translates to a low maintenance travel companion. I will eat and drink whatever is provided. No complaints. No Ugly American to worry about with me. Blood sausage with Gruyere Cheese for breakfast, no problem, pass the mustard and a nice glass of fondu to wash it down.
    6. Future President of Ariel Adams Fan Club.
    Sincerely Yours,Colin Riordan (Possible Future Passenger for flights DL 32 and DL 9618)colin.riordan@gmail.com

  • NoleenELT

    Being an engineer, I’d like to make a watch because it would be a great learning experience to understand so much more about how the inside of a watch functions. I’d love to see the techniques used to make it so accurate.

  • Sajit

    I am a proud owner of a Frederique Constant.
    The most interesting in a watch for me is an escapement mechanism, which has the dual function of keeping the balance wheel vibratingby giving it a push with each swing, and allowing the clock’s gears to advance or ‘escape’ by a set amount with each swing. The periodicstopping of the gear train by the escapement makes the ‘ticking’ sound of the mechanical watch.
     I would like to build a watch because awatch is the most exquisite instrument known to man to measure the infinite element called time!!!
     A well made watch is a Mona Lisa !!!

  • grantbene

    I have been hooked on watches ever since the time I learned there were those that didn’t run on batteries. I have spent countless amounts of time and resources studying their inner workings in an attepmt to fully understand how it is that pinions and wheels and jewels can result in an accurate display of time. That is the most interesting part to me; how these pieces and expert craftsmanship become the fast paced, 4 hertz beat of a mechanical swiss engine. This trip would allow me the oppourtunity of my dreams to have a professional workshop and master watchmaker with me to build my very own swiss time piece from the ground up. This would allow me the opportunity to finally gain the hands on knowledge I have sought for over a decade now and for me to live the dream of any watch enthusist.

  • L4RRY

    Aside from the thrill of visiting Geneva, this experience would take my hobby to the next level. I’ve been amassing watchmaking tools as I learn to “mod”, or custom assemble, my own watch collection. My favorite, thus far, is a custom vintage Valjoux 7750 chrono. For me, watches represent a harmonious marriage of design between the “mechanical” and the “aesthetic”. Thanks for giving us such an amazing opportunity! You rock, Ariel!

  • GiovanniTairov

    As long as I remember myself, I’ve always been fascinated by watches. It’s a passion, a hobby, and an old interest of mine that could probably go totally out of control, especially if I could afford to buy every timepiece I appreciate and admire. I received my first watch in the 1st grade of primary school, when my parents gave me a coin-thin Russian mechanical movement watch made by Luch factory. It was a great piece, even by today’s standards, but unfortunately it was lost years later.
    I’ve always preferred the mechanical movement and automatic watches to those powered by batteries… While an electronic movement watch may be of great design and superb accuracy, there’s something magical about a handcrafted automatic watch… It’s an entire history of watchmaking in a small form, a truly unique invention of humankind, worthy of being immortalized, now more than ever, in this age of gadgets and soulless electronic devices that come and go in one crazy market cycle.
    Timepieces by Frederique Constant are something of a rare kind: classical, refined, and crisp. Unlike many manufactures that create watches, Frederique Constant products seem to appeal to the highest levels of human instincts and desires. I appreciate the fact that the company does not follow the mindless fad other companies get entangled in.
    To me, a chance visit the Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture would be equal to a fairy tale coming true. To see the process of making these magnificent products, and to have an opportunity to make my own timepiece, would certainly be better any miracle.
    Without a doubt, I would want to see every stage of the watch making process in detail. From design stages, to making parts and assembling these devices, I would tune every fiber of my being to absorb and understand how the Frederique Constant manufacture achieves such magnificent results. I would love to talk to the owners, watchmakers, and artists involved in making of these products. A simple human interaction with the entire team, a chance to listen to their stories and future plans would be most fascinating to me.
    I discovered Frederique Constant very recently while traveling through Amsterdam. I was glued to the glass display of the store admiring Frederique Constant while absolutely ignoring other makers on display. Since then, I’ve shared my discovery with family and friends, infecting them with my enthusiasm about Frederique Constant. I’ve been following the success of the company and am continuously surprised by the amount of praise these watches receive. The marketing team at Frederique Constant is equally amazing. Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this contest. Someone very luck will have an opportunity of a life time.
    Very truly yours,
    Giovanni Tairov

  • RaymondCF

    I have dreamt of owning a Frederique Constant, and this will more than fulfill that dream. A trip to Geneva to build my own in-house Frederique Constant was never in my wildest dreams, so please sign me up for the chance to win!

  • FCStas

    I am from Russia. I’ve got a excellent watch by Frederique Constant. Me name is Stas like founder Constant Stas. It’s amazing product. Thank you.

  • http://valkyre.tld valkirye

    I am from Mexico, and i work to Palacio de Hierro, and sell Frederique Constant time pieces, and is really amazing, this kind of timepieces, and i want it…. so please ,please a beg of you…. sign me up for a chance!

    • MiguelArrieta

      valkirye  Hola, yo también soy de México, ojalá tengamos suerte. Cómo te llamas y en qué Palacio de Hierro trabajas?

  • Mike_Bookhardt

    For me, my interest in watches spans from the aesthetic, and how it appears and wears on the wrist, to the mechanical, and how the various pieces fit together, to become an accurate timepiece.  This genuine interest would be completely piqued with the opportunity to observe a watch being built, by a true craftsman. A watch that is built by a person, rather than manufactured by a robot, will always carry significant appeal to me, and I would be enthralled with the process of seeing the movement being assembled in the case.
    The Facebook page for ABlogtoRead/ABlogtoWatch, is liked, and friends have been made. 😀
    For the record, my email address is MBookhardtphoto@gmail.com  
    Thank you for the opportunity.  I’m sure by the end of December, it will be a One in a Million chance.

  • rayAmaze

    Awesome opportunity to make a watch. I dont have a watch like these, to see the process made by the masters of the craft would be pure elation, but to then make one OMG!!!

  • dmccoytx

    I can’t even imagine what building your own mechanical watch, at Frederique Constant no less (!), would be like.  I think the part of watchmaking that would interest me the most would be the point where you actually set it in motion for the first time.  Seeing your creation come to life.

  • timslaughter

    To me the most interesting aspect of watch building would be the connection and integration of the smallest of parts into a working, living timepiece.   I have been fascinated with watches of all types for my entire life most recently with fine swiss pieces.  Seeing and building a watch would be a fulfillment of a long time dream.  
    timslaughter@earthlink.net

  • manivelle

    I’m pretty much at the level of how long will it take me to swap this watch band.

  • RORYG

    Always wanted to see how a watch is built.How the calibration works to how the crown sets some of the functions.To build it with
    aid of a master watchmaker in Geneva.SWEET……

  • DiegoDelCastillo

    I would looove to participate in building a watch!

  • acastler

    I am an architect, interior designer and huge fan of watches!(So you can figure out why i’ll love to see this process lol) I ‘ll love to see the full process and details of making a watch from the concept drawings to the manufacturing, so i ll love to discuss a LOT of different aspects to the designers, this can be an incredible experience, and also having a Frederique Constant? This is like a dream come true man!

  • JKC

    As a student in design engineering and also an admirer of the greatwatchmakers past and present, I am fascinated by the intricacy andprecision that go into the design and creation of a masterpiece. Thistrip would be one of a lifetime.

  • madwatch

    Since I have been taking things apart and trying to put them back together since I was 4 years old,  I would be interested in all aspects of watch making.  Having the opportunity to build a watch would be an experience remembered and the watch would be a coveted heirloom.

  • Miha94

    First of all i believe that watch making is an engineering quest alongside  an art quest.
    Therefore I feel conected to the craftsmanship the most but in my opinion if a watch is not appiling
     it is not warthy of  that grade of aprishiation.
    As I never built a watch before,not even the simplest quartz (but i have built a robot) I see this as an once in a lifetime opportunity.

  • http://mskvideo.net Camguy

    I’ve been reading about the new trend toward extremely high-beat movements, and I guess it’s the elegance and engineering, and the history, of escapements that’s always fascinated me.

  • jiajiantan

    As a 19 year old student, I work very hard and save most of the money to buy a Frederique Constant Junior Automatic watch. It has always been my dream to own such a fine watch and I have never got involved in watch making. Therefore building a watch for myself would be a whole new experience that I have never had in my life, it would be remarkable and satisfying, as the young boy’s dream come true.

  • golestanreza

    Artistic design and , And awesome Engineering Has inspired Frederique Constant .Artists have Performed a Role as Engineers in Frédérique Constant theater company . So now result of this performance is a rare pearl , which we call it Frederique Constant watch . Chance of Visiting from Frederique Constant is an dream for everybody . so like everyone else I would like to win this contest and have opportunity of visiting from this company.

  • golestanreza

    Artistic design and , And awesome Engineering Has inspired Frederique Constant .Artists have Performed a Role as Engineers in Frédérique Constant company . So now result of this performance is a rare pearl , which we call it Frederique Constant watch . Chance of Visiting from Frederique Constant is an dream for everybody . so like everyone else , I would like to win this contest and have opportunity of visiting from this company.

    • armim55

      golestanreza good luck .

  • nectarnet

    I am so impressed with subtle beauty in design such as is represented by the finest Swiss watches. The mechanics and engineering are something which remains mostly hidden but right there on my wrist every day at the same time, purring away the hours. My first watch was a Mondaine which I bought to remind me of the Northern Swiss railway stations I had been frequenting and although I really didn’t need another watch I fell in love and my watch collection had begun! A hands on experience and a viewing of a factory like that would be such an amazing adventure and could even be the beginning of a new journey… The part of watch making that interests me the most is the design and production of the case and dial.

  • BrahimAgabi

    realy i want  to participate

  • BrahimAgabi

    really i want to participate

  • nunya8

    Watchmaking is an amazing skill – a combination of masterful engineering and delicate art.  The most interesting aspect to me is how somebody came up with a way to represent time in a mechanical fashion; it’s sheer genius   It would truly be an honor to be selected for this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience first-hand what it takes to be a watchmaker.  Being able to assemble your own movement and take home the finished product is a memory that will last a lifetime.  Being able to look at my wrist every day with a smile and remember the experience would be second to none!

  • mrid_dz

    Good afternoon. I participate. The watch fascinates me with its accuracy or how artisans / artists of genius have mastered at this point as far as time, there’s centuries. thank you

  • Homura

    Currently a science student who loves math and theorems. Watchmaking is such a beautiful form of engineering and it would be awesome to be able to build a watch from scratch and get to know more about the process!

  • swiis

    I’m a young inspired watch collector from Chicago. I hope to learn everything their is to know about the production of timepiece! But my goal in life is to retire one day in the watch business with my own exclusive brand.

  • APHIDatrocity

    I love watches and this Giveaway would be the ultimate experience. I’ve watched many videos on how watches work and how they are made, but experiencing the watch building in person would be a dream come true.

  • MosheBarNachoom

    Hi,
    Thanks for this amazing opportunity.
    I was always in love with watches (pocket and wrist ones) as time pieces, art work and jewelry.
    I am most fascinated by the craftsmanship and technology involved in the process of designing, machining, assembling and creating this combination of kinetics and art. Metals and minerals are being crafted into things of beauty which are also a statement on the wearer as well as on the craftsmen.
    For me this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to step into a sort of a shrine and learn and experience the art of watch making.
    I truly believe that in this age of mass production and factories with robots and huge assembly lines, making a time piece is a  combination of artistry and skill which I’d love to view and participate in.
    Thanks again and best of luck to all of the participants.

  • ozwaldster

    This would be without a doubt the most awesome trip I can imagine.   Thanks for such a creative and on the mark giveaway.

  • MichelDaoust

    I find the most interesting part to be the workmanship required to fit all these moving parts together.
    Who wouldn’t want to go to Geneva, build their own high-end watch and keep it?!
    Very cool give-away.

  • netracer17

    It would be amazing to be there for the moment a carefully constructed timepiece first starts working and to be instructed by experts on how exactly to make the moment happen.

  • ArmandVartanian

    The part of watchmaking the interests me the most is the information gained when you actually assemble or disassemble something. Making a watch is probably the best way to learn how a watch really works. As each piece comes together you gain much more insight into how it functions verse reading a description of its job from a book. Simply put there is no replacement for hands on experience.

  • zimmerman1181

    The most interesting part of watch making to me is in the intricacies of the movement that makes a watch work. Being able to build a watch myself means knowing the inner workings of the complex, precision instrument on my wrist. It’s appealing because it adds a whole new level of value and importance to the watch.

  • ozwaldster

    I have always been intrigued with mechanics of things and find myself in my workshop whenever I possibly can find the time.  Time.  That word.  What is it about watches that compels so many people to spend so much energy and resources to both produce and consume  Fine mechanical watches combine art, engineering, science, craftsmanship, passion, fashion, precision, and so many other expressions of human endeavor in this little machine.  We wear around to mark the moment, meter our day, and inevitably remind us all to frequently how brief our lives are.   What a treat it would be to be, even if very briefly and artificially, a member of the community of creators of this expression of humanity instead of just an admirer.   That would be joy indeed.

  • ADelon

    Watches are fascinating. From researching the science of telling time, it has evolved into a object of beauty and admiration. From basic looking giant clocks, they became beautiful looking giant clocks with different expressions of decoration. From a plain pocket watch, to a highly decorated, highly finished time-telling piece, to a subject of conversation. When I look at a watch, I look first at the case, the multiple angles of polishing, satin or mirror finish polishing. Then I look at the dial, whether the numerals and indexes are aligned, whether the ink is out of place, look at the perfect Guilloche work of the dial. The hands, if the paint is smooth or chipped, are they flat and balanced? Next I’ll look through the glass case back, admiring the movement, beveled bridges, engraving, Geneva stripes, snailing, stippling and the many types of finishing. I wonder how it was done and with what machines. I marvel at the watchmakers sitting at their workbenches at back-breaking hours to complete a wonderful task. I wonder at what point of history did the science of time collaborate with the beauty of art to become a highly emotive time-piece through the dedication and hard work of a watchmaker. For me, a great watch is when you can feel the soul of the watch-maker who has put his effort into making the watch as perfect as can be for the new owner. To appreciate a watch, one really has to know how much TIME and effort has gone into making it as beautiful as it is. When you can feel its beauty and soul, you will begin to crave for it to be yours, but you will first need to have it in your hands to admire first.

  • chafi

    J’adore les montres et j’aimerais bien savoir plus sur le mécanisme  je peux pas vivre sans avoir  une montre dans ma main

  • GabrielBB

    I love the watches, especially the automatic watches. It is very interesting and intriguing how the mechanism works. I love the watches with multiple faces on the dial that looks complicated or those with other complicated functions. I consider that watches are a “must have” for a man. I love to switch my watches depending on the everyday mood. 
    This giveaway is the best giveaway I ever seen ! Having the opportunity to learn form the specialist, and to develop a watch from the first steps till the final product I think is amazing. I am very excited about this idea and I think it will not be simple to fix all the little pieces in order to have a watch that should pass the quality test. In the same time, I think the knowledge that you learn in this experience is unique and all the times when you’ll read the time, you’ll actually understand how the time “works” and how precious are every seconds and minutes.

  • BoardTraveller

    I would love to do this because I’d be able to learn so much about the inner workings of a watch. Sure, I have a basic understanding of some of the different components and the overall process but to assemble a movement would allow me to see
    the system and process from start to finish, hands on!! I think what interests me the most about watch making is being able to see all the work (design, engineering, tooling/manufacturing etc..) come together into a single entity which when complete takes on a life of it’s own. It’s a thing of beauty in and of itself but also because it’s the culmination of so much planning and effort.

  • elbilo

    wow … this would be an incredible experience.  i’m fascinated by mechanical/automatic movements because of the detailed craftsmanship involved.  it is as much an art as it is a science.  it would be great to be able to go through the process of building one.  though switzerland has much to offer, i’ve chosen to wait to visit until i can bring home a quality timepiece.  thus, this would fulfill that goal.

  • ZL

    I like virtually every aspect and all kinds of watches. I sometimes wonder why I like them as much as I do. Anyway, I guess I’d say the design, if I had to pick which part of watch making interests me the most. But how amazingly cool that would be to go to Switzerland and how much I would learn by making one with the people of Fredrique Constant! Please pick me!

  • rcllorente

    I love watches and work with them, in fact my hobbie is to restore and modify watches, also take photographs of them. For me the most interesting step is assembling the movement, I practice whenever I can. Thenks for the giveaway I think it is a very surprising price.

  • MB106

    As an accepted medical school student, and future physician if all goes according to plan, the similarities between watches and the human body, and watch making/ repair and surgery have fascinated me ever since I became interested in watches. The two topics of medicine and watches have run concurrently in my life.My first experience with luxury watches occurred while I was interning as a scribe in the Emergency Department of my city’s primary hospital. The physician I was assisting was a man of very good taste with whom I enjoyed working a great deal. I noticed he was wearing a simple, yet very stunning watch – a Bell & Ross WW1-96 Grande Date. I asked him about it and we talked about watches between patient visits the rest of the night. After that series of conversations I was instantly enamored by the history and mechanics of the watch world. Now I should explain my original statement about why watches and watch making fascinates me.One of the key tenants of biology is that structure matches function. The wings of a flighted bird are uniquely designed through evolution to catch air and allow the bird to fly, your heart is designed with four chambers so that oxygenated and deoxygenated blood remain separated, thereby increasing the efficiency of your circulatory system; this relationship of structure and function is not unique to biology as it is also found in the details of watch making and design. Furthermore many of the skills watch makers have and continually hone are used by surgeons, a field I am quite interested. Unwavering focus for extended periods of time, manipulating small objects in a small space, fitting two pieces together with the highest precision, these are all traits that watch makers and surgeons share. These are also skills I would love to test in Geneva at the Frederique Constant factory.For me, this experience would be amazing for many reasons. It would be a chance to further my interest and knowledge of watches with first-hand experience, I would own a watch that I could not afford to buy living my student lifestyle with the added value that I had a part in its making, and it would also be a lecture in biology and medicine from a novel perspective.

  • MB106

    As an accepted medical school student, and future physician if all goes according to plan, the similarities between watches and the human body, and watch making/ repair and surgery have fascinated me ever since I became interested in watches. The two topics of medicine and watches have run concurrently in my life.
    My first experience with luxury watches occurred while I was interning as a scribe in the Emergency Department of my city’s primary hospital. The physician I was assisting was a man of very good taste with whom I enjoyed working a great deal. I noticed he was wearing a simple, yet very stunning watch – a Bell & Ross WW1-96 Grande Date. I asked him about it and we talked about watches between patient visits the rest of the night. After that series of conversations I was instantly enamored by the history and mechanics of the watch world. Now I should explain my original statement about why watches and watch making fascinates me.
    One of the key tenants of biology is that structure matches function. The wings of a flighted bird are uniquely designed through evolution to catch air and allow the bird to fly, your heart is designed with four chambers so that oxygenated and deoxygenated blood remain separated, thereby increasing the efficiency of your circulatory system; this relationship of structure and function is not unique to biology as it is also found in the details of watch making and design. Furthermore many of the skills watch makers have and continually hone are used by surgeons, a field I am quite interested. Unwavering focus for extended periods of time, manipulating small objects in a small space, fitting two pieces together with the highest precision, these are all traits that watch makers and surgeons share. These are also skills I would love to test in Geneva at the Frederique Constant factory.
    For me, this experience would be amazing for many reasons. It would be a chance to further my interest and knowledge of watches with first-hand experience, I would own a watch that I could not afford to buy living my student lifestyle with the added value that I had a part in its making, and it would also be a lecture in biology and medicine from a novel perspective.

  • KyleRLelli

    Although I’m very unfamiliar with watchmaking, the part that most interests me is the precision with which one has to employ to craft a movement that accurately tracks time. I would liken it to creating and fine tuning an engine on a car. It seems to me that the reason that both a car and a watch can cost so much is that so much time and effort has to go into tuning the movement (or engine) in a way that allows it to function precisely as intended – not just for a day, month or year, but for 10’s of years. 
    Also, working a job where I sit in front of a computer for copious amounts of time makes me truly appreciate craftsmanship in any form – especially in timepieces. Getting a chance to experience traveling abroad (never have) as well as traveling abroad to build a watch is obviously a once in a lifetime experience. Once of my life-goals is to craft handmade one-off pieces of furniture, and getting the chance to craft a watch – along side of an expert watchmaker is something that will deepen my appreciation for the craft of making things that are important to people – that they cherish and pass on for generations.
    Things that last in this world are far and few between, and being able to create my own timepiece that I could pass on (hopefully) to my kids and grandkids is a memory that will never be outlived.

  • plet2104

    The aspect of watch making that interests me the most is the intricacy and skill necessary in the design. I am fascinated by the ability of the manufacturers to design not only an accurate, functioning machine, but one that looks beautiful as well. Beautiful form meeting function.

  • jpstone13

    I would say that the part that interests me the most with watchmaking is the entire process really. From mastering all of the complications, to ensuring that the timepiece is accurate.  I think making a watch would be a unique experience for me considering that I have a huge appreciation but only a vague understanding of how they work.  To visit the Mecca of Watchmaking and to take part in making something that others would enjoy would provide me an experience that I could never forget.

  • mddel

    I love mechanical watches because of their heartbeat. Building something so accurate (a deviation of 15 seconds a day means 99.98% accuracy) using ancient primitives (gears have been around since antiquity, balance springs are a little more recent, 1600s) is truly an achievement. For me, these are engineering works of art. To build one myself would be a dream come true.

  • AlexSpizman

    The part of watchmaking that intrigues me the most would most definitely be the thought process that goes into creating these complex, multifaceted, and beautiful works of art. There is defiantly something profound about a piece of machinery that does not rely on an electronic component to operate precisely in this day and age. This experience would truly be a dream come true. I can not even comprehend how amazing it would be to go to Switzerland and visit this amazing manufacturer. I know there are a lot of other people commenting on this post, but if you come across mine, I just want to thank you for reading it, and thank you for your contributions to the watch community.

  • ka

    A watch is something that you wear everyday.  It becomes a part of your life. It shares in the experiences of life with you.  Participating in the creation of something that becomes a part of you with the people who are at the heart of the Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture in Geneva, Switzerland would be incredible. Working along side the people who make each watch a reality and learning the process are what most appeal to me about watchmaking.  Ariel Adams & Frederique Constant – you deserve much respect for putting this once in a lifetime opportunity together.

  • Marcell

    As a young watch enthusiast my goal is to work in the watch industry. I was very passionate about timepieces by an early age and I tried to gain all the knowledge that was possible throughout these years. 
    The most interesting parts of watch making for me are external designs and high complications.  Unfortunately I never had the experience to work on watches in a professional environment.  This opportunity would be a milestone in my experiences.

  • spsall

    I’ve always have wanted see watch making and put a watch together.

  • alpost1

    These are works of art and there are less & less craftsmen that can do this work. This is a dying art. The skeletionized front or back of a watch to see how the gears work to keep the time, is a wonder. Frederique Constant is one of  few houses left that use  in house movements. Would love to be a work of art being created

  • MaorG

    I usually pass on these contests, but building a watch, seeing a factory at work is too much to give up on. I love the blog but didn’t wear a watch for years – however if I participate in building one I will wear it, well, forever.

  • Mayel

    Working for the watchmaking industry and already in Geneva, I first think that this contest was not for me but….. I’ve never had the opportunity to visit Frederic Constant and think that this is unique, and I’ve always wanted to do my own watch so this could be my dream come true. All the part of watchmaking which are an illustration of tradition and craftasmanship interest me, specially engraving, chamfering…

  • mandime

    I gotta say, this is the coolest giveaway ever!  For me, getting into horology at a later stage in life, getting the opportunity to actually build my own, with a manufacture movement nonetheless, is literally a dream come true.  The fact that FC/Alpina is the host is just icing on the cake.  I hope the winner is truly appreciative of the experience and thanks to Ariel and all those who made this happen!

  • AJayHall62

    This would be a cool trip and experience! I would be interested in how the jewels are used in the assembly of the movement.It has been a long time since I have been to Switzerland and I want to reurn to visit.

  • sjg

    A once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the inner workings of one of the most famous watch makers in the world? That would be amazing! Plus, as someone with an equally big obsession with auto-racing, I love FC and Alpina’s connection to classic and current motorsports.

  • MaratOganesyan

    Yes, please.

  • paolomar

    I definitely would love to wear a dress watch knowing that I built it! :)

  • http://www.jeffkolodny.com/ JeffKolodny

    What an awesome giveaway!  Not just a product but an experience that will always be remembered.   As a professional photographer I have a deep love the high end precision instruments.  Last year I purchased my first automatic watch and since then I have had an interest in the inner workings of automatic watches.  I find that it is very interesting and intriguing how the automatic mechanism works.  In addition I would love to add this exciting adventure to the personal section of my blog.

  • DeniseNikita

    I am so proud of Frederique Constant because this fantastic brand has Dutch roots and of course…I am Dutch! 😉
    It would be an honor to wear this semi Dutch watch to let our DNA melt together and show the world we are good at a lot of things including fine watchmaking…
    Please tell me the result soon because my lovely but naked wrist can’t wait to find it’s true love <3
    Denise

  • golfpaul

    Wow, what an amazing prize! How cool would it be to build your own watch with a Frederique Constant movement…
    Count me in!

  • nonoperational1

    Building a watch from scratch would be an amazing experience. I cannot yet afford a watch as beautiful as a Frederique Constant, but I would very much like to be part of the process of assembling the watch and then keeping it for a lifetime afterwards. Winning this would be a dream come through.

  • NashOverstreet

    This would be incredible. I travel all over the world and am always on a search to find impressive time pieces. Few things fascinate me, like collecting and finding out about the movements behind my favorite watches. I’d love to be a part of the construction of something I wear everyday. @nashoverstreet@gmail.com

  • blackvoodoo

    What interests me most about watchmaking is the idea of measuring time with gears and springs, through the physical properties of the natural world. The notion of combining physics and art into a meaningful, important piece of work that itself will become a part of its wearer is a profoundly interesting and meaningful. I don’t often enter contests, and I can only assume that anyone’s particular chances of winning this are very small, but it would be an amazing opportunity.

  • grey17

    The synthesis of mechanics and aesthetics are what I find most interesting. I also put a high value on what I refer to as the legacy quality of watches. If well taken care of they can be passed down to future generations along with all the stories and memories associated with the past owner(s). The opportunity to assemble a Frederique Constant watch would be an amazing opportunity not only to create my own watch but also to start a unique legacy piece.

  • golestanreza

    Did you have such a picture  from match making industry in your imagination when you where child  ?
    1.http://www.wristwatchreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/watchmaker.jpg
    2.http://tyrannyoftradition.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/watchmaker.jpg
    3.http://www.harvestmoon.co.uk/images/felix-monge/watchmakers-desk.jpg
    I’m going to see how it’s like in 21th century .

  • joeprez

    This is the best contest I’ve seen!!! Its also great that I love Alpina watches (specially the extreme diver). As a modder of Seiko watches in my spare time (changing dials, hands, etc), building a movement would be a very interesting experience and it would finally let me know if I have what it takes to work part time as a watch repairer.

  • BrianYi

    I’d love to travel and make my own watch. It would be a dream come true! What an opportunity!

  • BrianYi

    Oops, totally forgot about the actual comment objective! I’d love to see how watch makers handle such small parts when making watches. How precise and delicate must their motor skill be? I’m very curious to see how watches are made in person. Better yet, I’d kill to try it myself! It would be very cool to build a movement from scratch.

  • HellsAngel

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  • HellsAngel

    Live in Switzerland and have been looking for such an activity for a while… would love to build my own heartbeat !!!

  • litlmn

    Incredible giveaway. Being able to build my own Frederique Constant would be awesome.

  • marcusn27

    What a great contest! After several years of learning about the skill and art of watchmaking, I find the work on the dial the most interesting. Especially when you have numerous watches with the same underlying movements (although refined), the case and dial(s) used can be plain or can give the watch real character, especially when a great amount of detailing is done. For me F. Constant has a large array of classy, well designed watches and seeing how they are made (in general and on the dials in particular) would be a wonderful learning and wow a hands on experience. Hope they help, because my fingers are too big and nervous to do small piece work.

  • nahommaasho

    After seeing some of the beautiful timepieces here I would really like to learn how to assemble my own watches. The problem is I have no idea where to start. I’m fairly mechanically inclined but I have no idea how a watch really works.

  • trezmartin

    I’ve just embarked on my journey of horology appreciation.  I can think of no better way to enlighten myself than to see Frederique Constant watchmakers create their famous in-house movement.  What an incredible contest.

  • mman

    I am a retiree who’s spent the last 45+ years in love with all the various aspects of horology.
    I can think of no more appropriate vacation than the one outlined above!

  • golestanreza

    Did you have such a picture from watchmaking industry in your imagination when you where child ?1.http://www.wristwatchreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/watchmaker.jpg2.http://tyrannyoftradition.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/watchmaker.jpg3.http://www.harvestmoon.co.uk/images/felix-monge/watchmakers-desk.jpgI'm going to see how it’s like in 21th century .

  • golestanreza

    Did you have such a picture from watch making industry in your imagination when you where child ?1.http://www.wristwatchreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/watchmaker.jpg2.http://tyrannyoftradition.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/watchmaker.jpg3.http://www.harvestmoon.co.uk/images/felix-monge/watchmakers-desk.jpgI'm going to see how it’s like in 21th century .

  • golestanreza

    Did you have such a picture from watch making industry in your imagination when you where child ?
    1.http://www.wristwatchreview.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/03/watchmaker.jpg
    2.http://tyrannyoftradition.files.wordpress.com/2011/05/watchmaker.jpg
    3.http://www.harvestmoon.co.uk/images/felix-monge/watchmakers-desk.jpg
    I’m going to see how it’s like in 21th century .

  • Top_sman55

    good Luck .

  • astroboy2000

    Can John Biggs come as well?

  • siddharth0801

    “Why do you need so many watches? They just tell time and nobody notices them”, said a colleague when I told him I collect watches. I did not answer him. I knew he would not understand. To me watches are pieces of art, a way of expressing oneself. Needless to say people who create art are artists. This is what watch makers mean to me, artists. What fascinates me are these artists, what inspires them? What vision do they have when they set out to create a watch? Being in India the closest I have been to a premium Swiss watch is through a glass of a display area at a Swiss watch boutique. Meeting these artists, listening to them and working with them will be a dream come true for me.

  • AprilRing

    I would love to share in this experience. Watch making interests me and specifically building functionality with luxury and style interests me the most. This would be an amazing once in a lifetime experience.

  • alexstafford

    I am a student at Kevicc in Devon and i am interested in watch making and this experience would really help me decide wether i would like/enjoy watch making (although it already interests me so much).
    This would be so good if i were to win, oh and the thing that i like the most is the luxury of being around such delicate object and the hard craftsmanship that has gone in to them.

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  • bmoorthamers

    Insane price :) So cool. I’m studying aerospace engineering but have an interest in general technical stuff. Watches just keep amazing me, being so small yet so accurate. I’d love to follow a course on watchmaking once I find the time and the resources, this would be a perfect introduction!- Bruno

  • btbamfan

    I’ve been fascinated with watches since around the age of three (19 years ago). They are aesthetically pleasing and scientifically intriguing. But there is something else about them as well. Having a watch strapped to your wrist is like having an honest, steadfast companion with a direct connection to the pulse of the universe directly by your side. There are many watches made of many fancy materials and high quality movements in order to provide the most accurate, yet uniquely appealing timepieces possible. However, regardless of quality, there’s nothing quite like that ‘tick..tick..tick..’ to soothe the soul..I’m most interested in assembling the movement; the heart of the watch. It’s so small, so intricate, so precise and complex yet yields results that are very simple to understand. I have no idea how the movement inside of a watch functions or is assembled, therefore it would be a fantastic learning experience as well as an honor to learn and work with professional watchmakers in the country most renown for its timekeeping excellence.

  • chiliredlotus

    I would love to just see how everything goes together, to get to actually assemble a watch would be amazing. 
    jeff

  • JiltedGen

    Making watch is a fine balance between art and engineering.  As an engineer, I truly appreciate the intricacy in making fine watches.  Frederique Constant watches to me represents both with losing the classy appeal it has.  To be able to go to Switzerland and experience watch making would be a dream come true – this is once in a lifetime opportunity that there will be no words to express how awesome this would be.

  • bpcur1

    Watch making seems to be one of those few industries that represent true craftsmanship and dedication to quality. I would love to see the process of designing and developing new inhouse movements. This is an opportunity that is unlikely to ever again be available.

  • mattlittlej

    mattlittlej@gmail.com 
    My interest in watchlmaking is twofold – it’s as much an art as it is a science and there’s such an incredible amount of history in watchmaking. And now we have companies like Frederique Constant making their own history by breaking the mold from other manufacturers and bringing everything in house.

  • Shindo

    I am very intrigued of how the inner workings of fine watch come together to keep time . To get the chance to assemble and get a better understanding of the fine parts working in harmony would be extremely exciting for me . A trip to Geneva is just a bonus.

  • wilson_smyth22

    I own quite a few low end believe you can get amazing accuracy, durability and style for very very affordable prices nowdays. this would give me a chance to see first hand exactly what makes a high end automatic, high end, and the level of skill requied to bring that level of quality through in a product.

  • bovrilburger

    I completed my PhD in Physics recently, where I worked for a number of years building and operating some of the worlds most precise clocks based on cryogenic sapphire microwave oscillators. Although on the surface this may seem worlds apart from watchmaking, I came to see parallels – the largest being that fundamental physics research in time & frequency is an art much as it is a science. While perhaps we were working towards a different end, I feel that long hours spend in the lab spent making some aspect of the experiment absolutely perfect would be an experience not unfamiliar to a watchmaker. Both fields involve a certain element of creativity, passion, innovation, and after all, we are both measuring time. The clock I was working on would lose or gain a second every 300 million years, so the watchmakers quest for perfection is something very familiar with me.  I’m very much an experimentalist at heart, I love building things – especially beautiful things. This experience would be right up my alley.

  • dempseydunn

    I really appreciate the engineering that goes into building a mechanical movement and having the opportunity to construct one with such an up and coming brand like Frederique Constant would be a highlight in my life. Right now I’m reading old watch repair manuals and trying to fix old swiss movements like felsa, venus and others from the 50’s on. Having the experience to do it with a watch maker would be exciting! Thanks of the opportunity!

  • MyDogBuck

    What would be better for a watch geek than to travel to Geneva and make your own watch.

  • mateusrex

    great give away – the opportunity to be a part of making your watch!
    this would be an incredible experience.

  • tictocmark

    I’ve been thinking about doing the online watch making school. Anyone have anything to say about it?

  • Drmarkf

    What a fantastic prize, Ariel!
    I’ve been interested in watches for years, but only for the past decade or so have I been able to afford interesting pieces. To win would be just wonderful – seeing a movement put together would give an unrivalled opportunity to understand the 3 dimensional structure of these intricate mechanisms. I have read about watch movements, but it is so hard to visualise how they work. To take the product away would be the icing on the cake.

  • http://www.amitmoasphoto.com TicTocMitch

    I have recently got the watch bug and it hit me strongly, I find myself fascinated by the complex movement of various automatic watches, the history as well as the visual designs of the face and functionality. I look at many watches as a piece of art and achievement in mechanical technology that can hold practical functionality for many years and therefore it create a strong sense in me to get more knowledgeable and involve.  Coming from strong background of design, I would like to learn and experience the development and design of the watch face as well.

  • spark1928

    I flew airplanes for the U.S.Navy for 20 years and appreciate the beauty found in finely tuned pieces of machinery. The detail, design, accuracy, and durability of the final product are what interest me most about building both airplanes and watches.  And the history!  To hold a functioning timepiece that was created before I was born is truly amazing. To meet those who build watches, and to have the opportunity to create a world-class watch myself, are opportunities of a lifetime…and to do so in the heart of watchmaking country would be a dream come true!

  • dangermouse

    Ever since i was a child I’ve loved taking things apart and then putting them back together again. I’ve always been intrigued with how things work so it’d be a dream to actually assemble an automatic movement for my own watch.

  • karsonb

    oh my god that would be so awesome.I am an assistant manager of a store, Dakota Watch Company, and this would be so sweet…so informative…a dream come true!

  • sircosmovalentine

    sircosmovalentine@gmail.com
    What an amazing prize! I am far more interesting in the mechanical side of watches as opposed to the cosmetic side and as such I would greatly treasure an experience like this.

  • techknowman

    I would love to win this prize. I am fascinated by the assembly process and would love to participate in the experience.
    Pick Me!!!

  • Varjag

    antonsviridov82@gmail.com 
    I live in Estonia, and  would like to win this prize. It’s sounds like a dream- to see how my favourite watches are assembled and to try to do it by myself.We do not have anything like this here, so it’s the only chance to see the Factory and to try the process…
    I hope I can win,.

  • adam59smithlane

    What a wonderful prrize…….fingers crossed!!!

  • EnderB

    Here’s this little object on your wrist. It has hundreds of moving parts all working as one unit to tell you precisely one thing; time. That’s beyond fascinating, that’s mesmerizing and I would love the opportunity to try and win this contest.

  • mikeymusic

    I started in the telephone business 40 years ago when much of the equipment was mechanical and I spent my first few years adjusting and caring for those complex pieces of technology. I still have a fascination for “clockwork” devices and would love to try my hand at working with the last examples of mechanical technology that exists today.

  • Phikes

    Watch making interests me because it’s a technology and trade that has such a strong connections to the past. Creating a watch by hand would make me feel a connection to hundreds of years worth of artists and inventors I might otherwise not get to experience.

  • Ricc

    I have been wanting to build a watch for quite some time now, and this would be an amazing opportunity.  As a mechanical engineer, I have a great appreciation and respect for the fine intricacy involved in a mechanical watch movement and I would love to be able to experience that detail firsthand.  This would be the opportunity of a lifetime.

  • SimeonWeinraub

    This is an amazing opportunity for a watch

  • SimeonWeinraub

    This is an amazing opportunity for a watch enthusiast. I am very interested in how tradition and craftsmanship converges with technologies and new materials in modern matchmaking. I would love to see the home of these storied brands. I like to better understand the processes and skills involved in the creation of the things I care about. I feel that having this experience would teach me a deeper appreciation of watches. I would love to win this prize.

  • http://www.myspace.com/europeanbass SebastianZ.

    As an artist I love attention to detail, beauty and taking time making it. Being patient helps, therefore I would make great timepiece maker. When I was a little boy, I was always fascinated with mechanical watches and was actually successful fixing few of them :) Being curious .. that’s where it is. I would love to participate and make my own watch. That would be lifetime experience that I will cherish for the rest of my life!!

  • golestanreza

    All the watches have same function and the Function is showing the time . But when you are looking for a great watch like Frederique Constant You are looking for something more than Time . So what are you looking for ?Answer is the Art , which you can find it in the details that Frederique Constant company has fallowed them to inspire it’s great products.

  • amankh

    Since childhood I have loved watches and as time progressed the “Love” for fine time-pieces seamlessly blossomed into “Passion” Based on knowledge from reading books and articles over the years, I guess assembling of the basic movement would be the most complex piece and means a marriage of high-technology with age-old craftsmanship…
    Personally for me, putting together the winding mechanism and escapement and the subsequent precision adjustment in the time-piece would pose a massive challenge. At this stage of manufacturing, I would like to try my hands on the most complex thing of adjusting the escapement and aligning the balance spring. Another reason for involvement at this stage is due to the fact that it’s a high precision manual task that machines still cannot carry out (would love to be corrected if I am wrong in my understanding)
    It would also mean owning my 3rd Frédérique Constant timepiece (apart from the Index: FC-303V6B4 and Classic FC-270EM4P5)
    Email: amankh@hotmail.com

  • burnz22

    burnz22@hotmail.com
    This would be an amazing opportunity to experience the history of watchmaking, a great city, and a great brand and company. I just bought my girlfriend her first Frederique Constant watch. Throughout the process of buying her watch I found that Frederique Constant is just the type style, brand, and company that I like. I’m still waiting to purchase my first Frederique Constant. Hopefully I can make it firsthand.

  • byunkook

    This is once in a live time opertunity to assemble your own watch with manufacture movement at manufacturer’s facility. Even if you have money to go there for the trip you don’t get to perform such task at a watch company. I’ve always facinated about mechanical watch ever since the my first watch which was manual wind with robot cartoon character dial. Springs, gears, balance, escape wheel, all these little parts working together to tick time facinates me and I’ve always want to build a watch from scratch where you don’t have to disassemble first before assembling one, even though I never build one ever. I’m collecting some tools but far from performing assemby/disassembly of a watch.Frederick Constant’s philosophy, and technology surprises me. Their history is short but their technology is amasing. Frederick Constant fascinate me as one of first few companies to have their own manufacture movment. It would be wonderful to see watchmaking process in person.This will be dream come true experience to me if I get picked.
    Email:byunkook@naver.com

  • http://bestwatchdeals.com bestwatchdeals

    Wow, what an amazing opportunity!  I’ve always loved the elegance of the Frederique Constant watches, but to actually witness first hand the craftmanship that goes into making one would be a once in a lifetime experience.
    Hope I win, but congrats to whoever is picked as the lucky one!!

  • http://chitustefan.ro sk8buc

    The experience of building your own watch is like creating your own life the way you want it to be. I`m always fascinated about the passion and the hard work that the builder of the watch put`s into it. I would be honored to meet and sake the hand of the man or women that has made it possible for me to always arrive in time for the special moments in my life.

  • AlexD8604

    As someone who loves traveling and loves watches, this would be an amazing experience.  I like to think that further in life I’ll be able to start tinkering with creating my own timepieces, this would be a fascinating trip down that road of mixing art and engineering.

  • AlexD8604

    As someone who loves traveling and loves watches, this would be an amazing experience.  I like to think that further in life I’ll be able to start tinkering with creating my own timepieces and this would be a fascinating trip down that road of mixing art and engineering.  The balance between form and function is the central theme that appeals to me in watchmaking, personally leanings towards form always following/facilitating function.

  • ayhc

    Movement assembly. My late father collected watches, and when his collection was passed on to me I gained a new level of appreciation for the amount of work that went into assembling these timepieces. My own collection now has a focus on manufacture movements, and I would love the opportunity to try my hand at making my own movement.
    Email: ayhcheung at gmail.com

  • ZL

    zenlove at gmail dot com

  • ZL

    I like virtually every aspect and all kinds of watches. I sometimes wonder why I like them as much as I do. Anyway, I guess I’d say the design, if I had to pick which part of watch making interests me the most. But how amazingly cool that would be to go to Switzerland and how much I would learn by making one with the people of Fredrique Constant! Please pick me! 
    zenlove at gmail dot com

  • SteveECrane

    Twenty years ago, I started my professional life as an IT & Telecoms Consultant. With my very first pay packet, I made my very first ‘proper’ watch purchase: a plain black Rado Ceramica. Sleek; understated; cool – a good look for a young professional, I thought: not too flashy but it gave me a kind of intrinsic confidence. However, the jeweller also gave me a complimentary watch magazine “IWW” which had an interview with George Daniels in its pages, a much more ‘traditional’ watchmaker employing cogs not quartz!
    Regardless, I was hooked.
    The man was a living genius. I quickly bought another Rado, then progressed to an Omega, a Zenith, a few vintage pieces and so on until, that is, I had a meeting with a journalist who was given a Breguet by one Mohammed Yasser Abdel Rahman Abdel Raouf Arafat al-Qudwa al-Husseini, no less! I was getting in deep: I read and collected everything horological I could afford, acquiring a rather large library of books and periodicals, not to mention watch-making ephemera. Thankfully my wife understood – and actively supported – my rather expensive hobby.
    Travelling to Italy later that year, I bought a Frédérique Constant “Heartbeat Perpetual” from a shop called Odalik in Salo on the shores of Lake Garda, because it offered exceptional value, looked superb and closely resembled the physical characteristics and aesthetics of the Breguet I had admired on the journalist’s wrist. And it had a sapphire crystal exhibition case-back – my first – through which I could admire the sublime engineering and get a first-hand, daily fix of the watchmaker’s art. How I longed after the Frédérique Constant tourbillon as a just-about-affordable addition to my collection; alas, a baby daughter put paid to all that.
    Despite owning several much more expensive, precious-metal timepieces – and having not satiated my desire for a rubber-strapped Jaeger LeCoultre “Reverso” – I still love the look and feel of that watch and wear it often, with suits or jeans (it looks good with both, if you care for such things). The dial, whilst not engine-turned guilloché in the manner of a Daniels, is elegant and well-executed, the onion crown properly proportioned, the logo is subtle, and I still carry my deep admiration for Breguet ‘pomme’ hands which complement the Roman numerals perfectly. All it’s missing is the coin-edge side to the case, IMHO. 
    Having met with and spoken to Peter Stas at Basel many years ago, I liked the latent passion and obvious commitment to his company, not to mention the fact he willingly spent ages talking to little ole me, something some of the other manufactures and their PR Stasi ought to consider emulating. Paying customers – as opposed to celebrity and rent-a-wrist – remember us?
    Subsequently, I set up an on-line watch and pen company, becoming the first UK distributor of NOMOS after another visit to Basel: truly wonderful, well-made, affordable watches in the Bauhaus style, unfortunately accompanied by a questionable approach to corporate management; but heh, I’m still glad to have been involved with a company that has a bright future making superb wristwatches whilst employing some delightful people. Nevertheless, after visiting their impressive manufacture, inhabiting a modernised and renovated train station in Glashütte (opposite Glashütte Original’s huge manufactory and near to the local watch museum) I decided I ought to learn how to repair watches. Moreover, I wanted to learn.
    For Christmas that year, my wife bought me several old ébauches which I proceeded to take apart and … ruin! Practice would undoubtedly make perfect, but time was in short supply and so were suitable watch parts. At least in the quantity I was evidently going to need! Nevertheless, I bought tools without compromise, plenty more books, and continued to practice, ruining several more calibres as I began to understand just what a rarefied art this watch-making malarkey is. I even became a member of the BHI for a while.
    I found I could often (re-)assemble the plates and larger drive-train parts, often leaving no trace of my amateur handiwork (at least to the untrained eye) but anything having intricately-placed springs or requiring the patience of Jove – the escapement in particular – seemed to be beyond me and my fat, untrained fingers. Automatic calibres and those with complications were a distinct no-no.  Regardless, I still managed to replace the crown on my Heartbeat after inadvertently knocking it off one day! Progress indeed.
    So, to be taught by the artisans of one of my first great loves in the world of watch-making would be an absolute dream-come-true; to wear the final piece the realisation of a young man’s dreams. And it would be the culmination of years collecting watches to own a Frédérique Constant finished by my very own hand. I might even fit the escapement correctly! 
    Here’s hoping…

  • JoeLincoln

    It would be so cool to win this. I’m a product design student at university and I love watches and the manufacturing process of them, its a little magical. :) I’d love to one day work in designing watches so this would be a nice little CV booster.
    I’d also love to come second, the frederique constant world time would be my choice it’s gorgeous.
    My facebook email is wrong,
    My actual email adress: josephlincoln100211200@hotmail.co.uk
    ps please pick me.

  • JasonWu

    I am an artist personally, and a web programmer professionally. Being constantly exposed to art and technology allows me to better appreciate watches on a whole. What fascinates me the most is how all the neatly crafted mechanical components of a watch works and how their relation to each other allows the watch to accurately keep time. Recently I have started my own watch collection little by little. If I win, any of these watches will certainly be welcomed to my humble collection.
    email: jia.cheng.wu@gmail.com

  • mwrombout

    Hi,
    I’m a student Product Design at the TU Delft in the Netherlands. Recently I started to get an interest for the watch industry and especially for mechanical watches! There is something beautiful about the combination of elegant aesthetics and the complicated mechanics of a watch that really triggers me in a way that no other product has ever done. There is just nothing like it. Designing watches is something I’m trying to do in my free time but unfortunately I do not know a lot about movements and the manufacturing of watches yet. In the future I would love to be able to design watches profesionally. Being selected to build a watch of Frederique Constant in Geneve would be an amazing chance to see how the brand creates it’s high quality pieces and to improve myself. I love the unique style of Frederique Constant and I hope I get the chance to see the inner workings with my own eyes.
    Would just be amazing.
    My email adress is mwrombout@hotmail.com

  • burnz22

    Email: burnz022@gmail.com
    This would be an amazing opportunity to experience the history of watch making, the history of a great city, and the history of a great company. I just bought my girlfriend her first Frederique Constant watch. Throughout the process of buying her watch I found that Frederique Constant is just the type style, brand, and company that I like. I also found that the level of precision and innovation involved in watch making astounds me. I am particularly interested in understanding more about how the mechanics of such a precise device can be driven by something as simple a spring. I’m also very interested in seeing the level of skill, patience, and craftsmanship displayed by watch makers. I’m still waiting to purchase my first Frederique Constant watch. Hopefully, with any luck, I can make it firsthand.

  • typhune

    Very cool giveaway.  As a software specialist, I’ve always been fascinated by what one can do with mechanical mechanisms alone.  Almost like a Rube Goldberg machine in it’s complexity.  This would be a great opportunity.

  • burnz22

    Email: burnz022@gmail.com
    This would be an amazing opportunity to experience the history of watch making, the history of a great city, and the history of a great company. I just bought my girlfriend her first Frederique Constant watch. Throughout the process of buying her watch I found that Frederique Constant is just the type style, brand, and company that I like. I also found that the level of precision and innovation involved in watch making astounds me. I am particularly interested in understanding more about how the mechanics of such a precise device can be driven by something as simple as a spring. I’m also very interested in seeing the level of skill, patience, and craftsmanship displayed by watch makers. I’m still waiting to purchase my first Frederique Constant watch. Hopefully, with any luck, I can make it firsthand.

  • tt7970

    Probably a bit crazy, but as a software developer and a developer of time-sheet applications, I’ve always been drawn to the level of precision and artistry that is involved in watch movements. I can’t replicate this in 0s and 1s. Given the chance to build a watch movement with some of the best in the world would not only be the opportunity of a lifetime but a dream come true. I’ve always loved the complex moving beauty that a watchmaker creates. Thank you for providing this opportunity, and I do envy the eventual winner.- Todd O. Thompson

  • ppalac

    Amateur collector here.  The engineering of a mechanical movement is most fascinating to me.  Especially when it comes down to small scale mechanics.  Add on the idea of added complications and keeping things packed into something an individual can throw on their wrists is cool.  Add on the idea of making sure things stay accurate is super cool to me.

  • acme2077

    I’m a fan of all things mechanical. I love the precision and miniaturization of mechanical time piece in the same way I love the power of a classic muscle car. I can already overhaul an engine or transmission, but I’d be lost trying to replace a balance wheel or main spring. The education I’ll get if I win this will be the real prize for me, keeping the watch will be icing on the cake.

  • lonr

    This is a very cool give away. As an amateur collector, the aspect of watch making that interests me most is the combination and melding of the very sterile machine part of the watch and the artistic aspect of the watch. A well-made watch is equal parts machine and art, both practical and beautiful at the same time. This is what interests me about watch making, turning a practical machine into a work of art.

  • tivo

    complexity and accuracy with a clear statement of style are the most important things about watch-making for me. Getting to see how they are created would be an tremendous experience for my. And beeing able to do it myself would be HEAVAN!

  • mikepbrowning

    I love the attention to detail that goes into each little part and how it takes hundreds of tiny parts to do a single function. Amazing.

  • ratchet

    I’ve always been interested in craftsmanship; I was brought up to appreciate the time, effort, and skill that goes into things.  Perhaps that is why I am so interested in watches.When I wear a (mechanical) watch, I can appreciate the amount of time and skill it took to take the watch from design to fabrication, construction, and even testing to ensure a quality and reliable product that is visually appealing.  I am especially interested in the assembly of the movement itself (something that I would not normally be able to see in person).
    People have dedicated their whole lives to create something that is not only practical, but beautiful.  It is their passion that I wear on my wrist, and I would like to thank them for that.  I would like to sit with them and have them tell me, in their own words, what makes them love the watches that they have dedicated themselves to.

  • VasilisAnagnostopulos

    Been collecting watches for about 10 yrs now, and do some of my own tinkering such as regulation, cleaning & adjusting watch bands.
    Over this would be a life time exp since to see a watch being made from start to finish would be a dream come true, a Christmas blessings for sure! thanks Bill (billa1967@sbcglobal.net)

  • FernandoDB

    Awesome !! Can’t wait to build my own watch, being a watch lover and enthusiast this trip and experience would be a dream come true !!

  • http://www.drivingsupercars.com ametti

    Great idea guys.  What part of watch making interests me most…incorporating a precision instrument into a bespoke package to create a unique blend of traditional craft and modern materials.  The reward is answering the – Where did you get that?  question with…I made it myself!

  • saxychef

    This would be amazing. Being able to put together a working wearable piece of art would be a once in a lifetime experience.

  • beamer

    the part that interest me most is when i put the balance bridge back on, give it a few winds and the balance wheel springs to life. It is one of the most amazing things i have ever seen.

  • Tyn

    My late grandfather wore an FC, and to visit the place where it was made would be an amazing honour :)

  • Kar Wai Law

    I have always been curious on how the hands are fixed on the dial, do they have a specific location for it i.e. at 12 o’clock? It’ll be great to learn about this and more in this watchmaking trip!

  • gshames

    I am a younger watch enthusiast, and i have a real passion for how timepieces are crafted. Being chosen would be a huge honor and a great experience! Happy Holidays! -Greg

  • windy3501

    Fantastic Opportunity! I only wear mechanical watches – forget accuracy (although some are pretty good!)  I love the fact I have a little self propelling machine on my wrist –  to make my own would be fantastic. The part that most interests me is how watch faces are made, and how sub-dials and other complications are connected to the main movement.

  • Gee2789

    what a great opportunity.  I was just looking at posts on how to make watches and think the experience of seeing and getting my hands dirty on how to build a movement with a couple of world-class watch-creators would be a once in a lifetime event.

  • jchovanjr

    This looks awesome! As someone who is fairly new to the watch world, I’m most interested in seeing which tools are used in the making of a timepiece.  Truly a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for offering it.

  • bernardos70

    This would be an amazing prize to win! I’d like the most to put a chronograph together, and seeing how all the pieces come together. Movement decoration also fascinates me. Sometimes we forget with all of the macro shots how small these pieces are, and how much work goes into putting it all together.

  • ash1140

    It always amazes me, how in the end all of this complex engineering and design comes down to doing magic with simple spring tension!… I do some basic watch modifications in my spare time as a hobby and would love the chance to see how they make these engineering wonders at Frederique Constant and get the chance to put one together.

  • dammen

    The part of watchmaking that interests me the most is the process of designing the watch and then seeing it coming to life. I have long been interested in watchmaking and therefore this trip would be a wonderful experience and a taste of what it actually means to be a watchmaker.

  • Tommy75

    People have dedicated  whole lives to create something t not only practical, but beautiful. It is their passion and I would like to thank them for that

  • Schpeeves

    I am most interested in seeing first-hand how all the individual parts work together to bring a watch to life.  I have not had the opportunity to work on a watch before.  This experience is appealing because it’s a once-in-a-lifetime chance for me to make a watch that I can truly call my own.

  • Inmate

    Who wouldn’t want a trip to Switzerland and be able to visit Frederique Constant on of the bight spots of the new class of watchmakers.

  • bradokg

    It’d be a lot more fun than building a clock!
    I’d love to have a watch on my wrist that I helped build.

  • drpushparajshetty

    though i chose medicine as my carrier, my heart always lies in  physics and art. What else other than understanding a watch making process  at the finest  place and cherish  the  perfect experience  that my heart always yearned for.

  • RayeAng

    before the giveaway is over with your valid e-mail address where required. In the body of your comment mention what part of watch making interests you the most and why this experience to go build a watch sounds appealing to you.

    The movement of the watch interests me the most since i am a watch fanatics. To have a watch build by myself will be the most AWESOME THING that could happen to me right now!!

  • RayeAng

    The movement of the watch interests me the most since i am a watch fanatics. To have a watch build by myself will be the most AWESOME THING that could happen to me right now!!

  • Jttuck

    The day is quickly approaching.  Dec 31st can’t get here fast enough.  I would be beside myself if I actually won this thing.

  • Bigbandito

    I have long been fascinated by the watch making process.  What intrigues me most is the watchmaker’s ability to create an engine that will operate within very tight toleerances from metal plates, springs, gears, levers, and semi-precious stones.  I would love to watch this process in person in Geneva.  Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  • Joky

    As a project manager the part that interests me the most about watch making is the process of watch making and i often wondered if asked to manage a project of taking an idea of watch from a concept through to sitting proudly on a persons wrist, the stages of development that would take place. The kay area that facinates me with watchmaiking is the balance between passion and precision and what would happen if they were out of sync.
    As a person with hands the size of tennis rackets, I am in awe of the craftsmen that can work to such a high quality with such small materials and tolerances, this is the elememt that I have the would anticpate seeing in action the most.

  • skullpin

    I like materials. The alloys used for various parts, temperature compensation, pallets, etc.

  • Vetbracara

    The design of a watch dial allways fascinated me. To build a watch,… with your own hands to assemble something that starts to have an #heart beat# is what I would consider most fascinating about building a watch.

  • photobrain1

    The escapement and balance are the most intriguing.  To have such temporal accuracy with parts this small is simply amazing.

  • omega595

    My passion for timepieces stems from two loves in my life: enduring design and fine craftsmanship. It is becoming increasingly rare to find products that encapsulate both of these virtues, yet Frederique Constant and Alpina not only embrace them – they incorporate them into their eminently desirable watches. To win a competition like this – to experience firsthand the passion and expertise that goes into making such beautiful timepieces – would truly be a dream come true.

  • anakindo

    I feel that what makes watches interesting is actually the movement inside that time piece. I always wonder how everything works within a watch. This experience would for sure give a great experience for me to find out more about the importance of every element of parts within the watch. The reasons why each elements are shaped that way, what is the best material used, terms of movements, etc… To win this competition, would truly be a dream come true as to not only experience first hand passion about watches but also to learn directly from the experts of how these beautiful timepieces are created.

  • GonzoSamaniego

    Watchmaking, or how to create the most advanced and wonderful pieces of machinery, to wear on your wrist

  • ChrisLanfear

    What I find amazing about watch making is how all those small parts can be manipulated into a movement – from a pile of parts to an extremely complex machine.  It must take a steady hand and sharp eye.  I’d love to go have those Swiss guys laugh at my lack of ability.   This is a great giveaway.

  • rrinawat

    As a graduate student in engineering, what I find interesting about watches are the tolerances at which watch movements must be made,  polished and adjusted by hand.  Even with current manufacturing technology, we still need the hands and eyes of well trained watch makers to make great watches.  On top of that, decorations like cotes de geneve make the movement something more like a piece of art than a time keeping tool. Definitely something I would love to see and experienec first hand.

  • andyang

    The interesting part of watch making lies in the process of designing and decision making. We all appreciate the mechanism of the mechanical movement. But who design it? I find that interesting! 
    The thought of going to Geneva, sitting beside possible the world best watchmakers, visiting FC and also getting to meet Ariel are is just too hard to resist!

  • watchfanfirst

    The fact that I would be wearing the watch I helped build plus going to Europe where my parents are from makes it even more exciting

  • nickyabelardo

    If I can build my own watch, it will be the one that I give it to my son. (The daughter properly want a Cartier and a Tiffany anyway) The interest part of building my own watch is I can actually see every part of the movement and how they work together as a unit. Nothing is more fun than go somewhere nice, have a nice watch without paying a dime.

  • RalphSpradley

    I am interested in making a watch to give to my father for his 74th birthday this upcoming year.  I have alwanted to see if I could do it.  What interest me most is aligning the gears for that beautiful precise movement to work.  I have always wanted to go to Switzerland, it would be amazing I would absolutely just be bowled over.  Here’s hoping!!
    Ralph S.

  • golestanreza

    I would like to make my own Frederique Constant Watch , But I’m not sure it Would work like a Frederique Constant original Watch or not ?
    What about you ?

  • Redhulk

    I think of it a a little bit of a lost art.  We are in the age of smartphones and various computer applications telling us the time.  There is nothing, I mean nothing like having a watch on your wrist.
    There was a watchmaker that used to do repairs for me in the ’90’s.  His name was Vic and I loved going to his shop.  He got my grandfather’s Hamilton and my uncle’s Omega going and started my watch obsession.  What a great give away idea.

  • FernandoDB

    Can’t wait for the result. This would be the ultimate christmas gift !

  • Degams

    I am most interested in the extremely technical aspects of watch building. I like to make things with my own hands and participating in the building of a watch is exciting. Not only do you gain a better understanding of the mechanical and detailed aspects of watches in general you would get to experience the joy of wearing and using something you helped create. That is something that the winner will find amazing over the years after building their watch.

  • Smichelsen

    I have been a passionate watch lover since I was 8 years old, before the quartz era. Ever since iI am amazed not only with the craftmanship behind what makes a watch tic, but furthermore I truly admire the history of watchmaking and the traditions behind it (metiers des arts). As such I would love to visit the Frederique Constant Manufacture and get a close understanding of all the process involved in manufacturing a watch. Thiereafter I would be thrilled to work alongside the “horlogers” that create the masterpieces, particularly with an in-house movement to bring it to life! As such, the part of watch making that interests me the most relates to understing the process wherby all the different parts of a watch are manufactured/sourced and put together by talented people who embody the long tradition behind Switzerland’s watch industry. Going the the Frederique constant Manufacture would be a real long-life dream come true! Smichelsen@bu.com.co

  • mucanan

    This will be a long one, but I always have a lot to say when it comes to watches:
    What strikes me the most about watchmaking is the final assembly of a watch. But more specifically, what always has amazed me is the precise moment in which a random set of different pieces becomes a living, moving watch. I know that words like tradition and history sound cliché in this context, but it really is breathtaking to know that when you wear a watch, you are wearing technology that has gone practically unchanged since the 18th century; how many other everyday items can boast of such privilege?
    I know that most people don’t know anything about watches, specially in a country like Peru, where most people are fine with wearing a $30 Casio. Therefore, I just know that I will benefit greatly from an experience such as this, because if I get to understand better the mechanics of this craft I will be able to share this knowledge and shed some light to at least some people, who will (hopefully) have a better appreciation of this art. 
    Manuel Ucañan
    manuel.utmr@gmail.com

  • tigervc

    Watches have fascinated me since a young age ever since my Grandmother gave me my first fine timepiece made by Solvil et Titas. Not sure if the brand exists anymore. But to have the chance to visit a great watch house and make your own watch would be a dream come true! The technical aspects of movements interests me but also the finishing processes of the casework. Crossing my fingers here!

  • heliousc6

    as a computer guy, i have an appreciation for how things fit together and work. i appreciate how mechanical watches have been doing this for so long.  Count me in heliousc6@gmail.com

  • black knight

    I’ve always been fascinated with the intricacy of the parts, each playing a small roll in the greater whole to achieve accuracy and beauty in the same moment. The confluence of engineering, art and craftsmanship. I have been a watch enthusiast for as long as I can remember, I might not be able to afford the watches I covet, but I would love a chance to create one from scratch with my own hands

  • bshank

    The thing that interests me the most about watchmaking is the precision that’s required. I’ve always been interested in machines and when I discovered mechanical watches I was instantly drawn to the tiny precise motors that make them tick. To be able to go to Switzerland and actually sit with a master watchmaker and assemble a watch would be a truly amazing experience. A trip to Switzerland or the experience of assembling a watch would be amazing on their own, but to assemble a watch in Switzerland would be really incredible. I really enjoying traveling and I am mesmerized by watches. The prize here honestly seems too good to be true. Thanks to Mr. Adams and Frederique Constant for the opportunity.

  • biggish_burrito

    I think that building my own watch creates a more intimate bond with the watch. By going to the heart and soul of watchmaking in Geneva is a cherry on top. I’ve always wanted to travel to Europe and creating a watch to keep, now that’s one experience that would never leave my heart.

  • mookroch

    I think the balance of precision and aesthetic design make the art of watchmaking stand above the rest.

  • golestanreza

    What a Nice experience would be making a Hand made Frederique Constant watch, you can claim that you have made it whit yourself .

  • billbro

    This is an absolutely amazing opportunity for any WIS, as it appeals to the very core for many of us.
    Personally, the sheer number of parts, mechanics and the precision required in watch making is what is appealing to the art from a practical perspective. However, the story and elegance behind capturing time and how different brands portray their take on this is the most interesting facet of watch making.
    As mentioned above, this experience would appeal to any watch lover – living down under and never having traveled to the heart of horology makes this even more significant. More significantly, being able to re-create an in-house movement that can be kept is something that a watch lover would rarely fathom being possible – at best, one could opt for a small discrete watch maker but using standard movements. Basically, it is a once in a life time opportunity for a WIS – how could it not be appealing?

  • brava

    There isn’t a single part for me, it’s a combination of esthetics, mechanics and craftsmanship. To have your own input and labour in a watch will make it your own for ever, it will be a part you.

  • morcheeba

    Although assembling all the intricate components of a watch and watching it make its first ticks under a microscope would be the most exciting part, it’s the manufacturing of the precision parts — like the bridges and the gears — in way that is both functional and aesthetically breathtaking is what gets me. I’ve longed to go to the heart of watchmaking, and a trip to geneva like this would be a trip of a lifetime.

  • ghammons

    would love to win this one!

  • ghammons

    Would love to see the various tools used to make such a piece of art. The chance to be present and active in the design process would be a once in a lifetime experience. Too cool. Watching art be developed is not something you get to experience often in life.

  • jozz

    Just like the universe, what’s behind a watch fascinates me. It has always been a mystery. How a part communicates with another part  200 or even 800 parts away and yet both are only a mere 3 centimeters away. I would love to see everything, from a master watchmaker came out with the idea to build such timepiece to the assembling of the rotor, the escapement, the mainspring, up to the packaging idea. The combination of a worthwhile timepiece. Hope that whoever gets this chance would share their experience here.

  • Pvinzon

    As a novice watch collector and a fan of tinkering, a trip to learn about watch making would be the ultimate prize. The ability to use our hands create a piece of moving art that all of us on this website covet is a dream come true! From low end to high end watches we all love our timepieces and to learn more and create one would be awesome!

  • clinicadeprado

    The design of such a complex movement inside a tine space  always fascinated me. To master the skill and self control to put together such a small machine would be the best experience if I won this prize .

  • jelmermethorst

    The part of watchmaking that interests me most is its delicacy and the huge importance of details and precision. To see how professionals go to work and to see how they master such a fine skill sounds extremely appealing!

  • jwoodsy

    As a professional watchmaker, I find this opportunity simply amazing. This is what an american watchmaker can only dream about.  To have the chance to assemble an in-house movement and construct a watch under the direction of the professionals at Frederique Constant, in Geneva, would be phenomenal.  I find the aspect of developing and designing an in-house movement the most fascinating part of watchmaking at the moment.  The use of cutting edge technology, and new materials is changing  the way that movements are produced, and how watchmakers will perform watch service in the future.

  • pmspice

    Being a watch maker dilettante I may finally get the chance to do the real thing. This would be akin to doing brain surgery on a king, I hope to win as it would be a dream come true.

  • Gaudianer

    I love the style of Frederique Constant watches and would love to win one. To work on my own watch would be very interesting and impressing.

  • sirob123

    We live in a world where everything is electronic. Having an opportunity to learn something that was around before modern technology, and is considered an art form, would be very exciting for me. There is also something very romantic in making your own watch.

  • cbanica

    I was just telling my wife about a workshop launched by a local watch dealer in Romania where you can build your own watch assisted by a Swiss manufacturer. But an opportunity to see watch making at its home would be more than an honour, it would be a once in a lifetime opportunity.
    It would be art at its finest, nothing less, and I would adore every moment a watch maker would spare some time to show me the magic within a Frederique Constant watch.

  • PerryBolding

    Watches are fascinating because of how intricate they are, which in turn makes watch making all the more intriguing.  I also find watches fascinating on another level.  Since they are, in most cases, the only piece of jewelry that most men wear beyond their wedding band, I think the watch they wear says something about them.  I know my watch becomes an extension of my person, and I hope to be able to pass it down to one of my sons some day.  To be able to assemble my own watch would further deepen the connection I feel, and the more I will be able to appreciate it’s complexity.  I would love to learn more about watchmaking, and I hope to be given this amazing opportunity by Frederique Constant.

  • ZoltanReicher

    I love the simply and nice watches like Frederique Constant or Alpina. I have never seen how work a famous watch maker. I would like to see and try timepiece making, how I could create a timepiece from a great calibre (e.g. FC-360) and a lot of pieces. I think it is a very interesting, because you have to be calm, patient, quiet, peaceful, slow motion and so on.

  • Watchfan65

    I am fascinated by the craft of watchmaking.  The precision and patience required to put a movement together is incredible.  It is a dream of mine to be able to put a watch together under the watchful (pun intended) eyes of a master watch maker.  And, if I am actually good at it, maybe it could be my second career!

  • lostcauz

    Lately I’ve noticed an erosion of basic etiquette, e.g. men taking their hats off inside a building or wearing your pants around your waist. Perhaps it all started with the advent of the quartz watch. Whatever the reason, a line needs to be drawn that is sacrosanct. I believe the opportunity to participate in the manufacture of a mechanical watch might be the beginning of a new era in etiquette. A collection of springs and gears come together in an instrument that can be worn on the wrist has been perfected over time; I would be honored to be able to make my own.

  • extra_phil

    I’ve always thought that a fine watch is a equal parts magic and equal parts mechanics. I understand (in a general sense) exactly how it works, but the fact that it actually goes never ceases to amaze me. A mechanical watch is like a little car engine on your wrist – just as complex with just as many parts – simply amazing. I’d like to go behind the scenes and actually witness how it all comes together. I’d like to see the gears being cut and the movements aligned to form the miraculous machines we know and love.

  • gemusu0

    I think this giveaway is a great opportunity to really delve into the inner workings of a wristwatch. I would like to understand the purpose of each component of the watch and how every part is put into place. Watches are more decorative nowadays because many people consider it a fashion statement. I am not intending that this is a negative aspect. However, I think that the true beauty in a watch is not its outer design, but the way it is engineered. The precision and detail that goes into each timepiece is phenomenal. I only wish to be a part of creating such a wondrous invention. Email: gemusu0@gmail.com

  • http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/jameshayden moosehayden

    First I want to thank ABTW and Frederique Constant for the opportunity to enter to win  an all-expenses paid trip to Geneva, Switzerland to visit the Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture.  The part of the watch making process that interests me the most is the develpment of the watch movement.  I am facinated by the various watch movements that make the design and beauty, of a watch, come together in the expression of time, day, date and the various other expression people love to watch.  I believe the possibilites for these movements is endless.  I am facinated by what I call the personality of a watch, the movement.  This personality can be simple to complex and every in between.  Much like the pesonalities of the human race are endless so to are movements.  I can sit for hours thinking about what makes a watch run and why.  I would love the chance to go to FC in Geneva and  build a watch movement.  To learn the process of making a watch  movement, how it ties together the whole watch in the facinating reading of time, it’s significance to the person reading it and the emotion it brings would be a dream come true for me.  Sincerely,  Jim Hayden,

  • Bao

    Hi there! The part of watch making that appeals me most is the how the watchmaker adds decoration to the dial and movement by hand, — truly amazing. The reason this experience sounds appealing is because it will allow us to participate directly, so one can truly experience what it takes to build a complete watch. Fingers crossed and hope to win!

  • filipinodriver

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  • filipinodriver

    What fascinates me is the patience and knowledge watchmakers have to put in together a synchronized machine and i always wanted to learn how to build one.

  • http://www.etsy.com/shop/AlphaBravoStraps HamiltonFan

    I would love to win this trip because I have always wanted to spend time with a watchmaker and assist with watchmaking from beginning to end. When most kids in highschool were spending money on clothes and video games, I was saving for a mechanical watch.  I have often fantasized about leaving my career and becoming a watch maker. With two schools NWAC and Lititz Tehnicum within minutes of my house this actually a real possibility. I also would like to make this trip for another reason, my great grandfather, was a watch maker for Hamilton watches in Lancaster PA, and while I never got to meet him, the idea of being able to have a peak into the career he held, would in my opinion allow me to feel a little closer to him. Thanks for considering me in this contest.

  • koningfelix

    The most intriguing part about watches, in my opinion, is the incredible detail and mechanics within. Although you can’t always see it, the watchmaker must pay great attention to each watch he creates. I inherted a watch of my grandfather which sparked my interest in watches and watchmaking. Cheers, Felix

  • johanskoogh

    To experience perfection up-close

  • AndreBraz

    The most interesting part in a watch manufacturing is the mechanism. So many parts with precision engineering. A mechanical watch has an active heart inside ! I am a serious watch collector and this trip is dream for me.

  • CaseyRCollins

    Mechanical machines have always fascinated me.  Fine mechanical watch movements are living works of art.  I have always had a great respect for watch makers.  I can only imagine the concentration and skill required to build these wonderful machines.  I would love the opportunity to discover, firsthand, what it takes to create a mechanical watch.  I can think of no greater joy for a watch enthusiast like myself than to have the opporutnity to travel to the Frederique Constant/Alpina factory to make my very own mechanical masterpiece.

  • Larell

    I love machines! I’m an engineer by education but a military officer by profession. Rarely do I get the opportunity to actually endulge in my love for all things mechanical. Perhaps this is my chance!!

  • SimonBourque

    Fantastic montlhy giveaway. I’ve just assemble a unitas pilot hommage. To construct the movement would be a fascinating experience. 
    cross my fingers.

  • moha2009uk

    I never had passion to watches and i never knew that there is something called mechanical watches. i thought all of them runs on battery until one day a watch boutique caught my attention and i said i’ll take a look. When I entered the boutique i saw the Heart Beat watch and i saw the movement escapement through dial opening and new Love to watches was born. ironically the watch boutique was Frederique Constant and since that day the watch escapement is the part that always fascinate me. So of course, i would love to Visit F.C  manufacture and meet Peter Stas and his wife Aetta Bax and the rest of the team to admire the marvelous job they have done in very short time , where they manage to produce their own movements and even make Tourbillon. it is a dream to watch a watchmaker building and assembling a watch with all these little parts coming together to form a piece of art. so imagining my self putting together all these parts, i must be the luckies man on earth. 
    Thanks to ABTW and to Frederique constant give us chance to win a such great giveaway.

  • harti361

    what a great giveaway. i already own a fc320 and an extreme regulator. great watches… i would love to visit the place of birth of these fine watches. i’m mostl interested in how the individual parts are assembled together. 
    good luck to everyone !!

  • WinYin

    Hello, I’m from Myanmar (Burma). I have interested in watches as we all are traveler. We need the judge the place where we are by the judge of watches. My first interest fallen into my in-laws ‘mechanical self winding wall clock’ and then, got more interest in the wrist watches. They are a beauty, art, passion, autograph & science of human kind. The most interesting part of a watch is : compilations.
    Barrel,Winding stem & Oscillating Weight : these attract my interest into watch.
    It will be a great experience of me to produce a watch ‘by myself’.
    Anyhow, thanks for ‘ablogtowach’ n ‘Frederique Constant’ to share their ‘life time experience’ to the world and also for the giveaway.
    winyinluvs@gmail.com

  • armim55

    I’m Interested in watch making and also came to know that how Each part is related to other part for show the time  .
    Also I’m going to find that how this little parts come together and work as a unit .

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  • tran13

    The whole process of putting all the tiny pieces together to make a machine to keep track of time is mind blowing. I think the most interesting part of watch making would be the designing of the movement. To see all the steps of building a watch that I would wear and cherish is an opportunity of a lifetime.

  • gramenis

    This would be a fantastic opportunity. I collect watches but can’t afford the intricate ones that are truly art pieces.

  • Saddler_

    I’ve built a lot of big things, roads, houses, cars, bridges, but not much that is small. I would love to learn how a watch is built.

  • Time0ut

    As a 28 year old NVH automotive engineer for a final production facility by profession and watch lover hobbyist, I truly value the skill set involved in crafting such small mechanical wonders.  The delicate doctor like touch needed to complete construction within certain tolerances for aesthetic beauty and quality control are often overlooked as well as the extremely detailed design resulting in something so simple – yet so complex.  I have experienced this first hand for fun by creating and repairing timepieces out of miscellaneous parts attempting to replicate an actual watch manufacturer – such as modifying a 7750 movement with different hairsprings and rearranging components with aspirations of maintaining accuracy – let alone basic function.  I would greatly enjoy this learning experience to develop my skills as an amateur watch enthusiast and gain additional knowledge and appreciation for the watch making industry.

  • lampee

    I own mechanical watches and both of them were built by me from parts. I really love the mechanical movements and how precize they are made. It would be a really good ecperience for me to build a watch movement and after that the watch itself. Good luck for the winner by the way!

  • rymurr

    We are surrounded by so much technology and electronics. It is amazing and refreshing how a mechanical watch is able to do what it does without batteries or any external power.  Being able to see how these things work up close would be an unforgettable experience, assembling one myself even more so.

  • Bucky Katt

    Industrial processes have become so efficient at production that true craftspeople are becoming more and more rare.  So it would be interesting to get to see and participate in the watchmaking process, and marvel at the skills of these experts.

  • wuyeah

    Love watches. Always been. There is always something about it to draw me in. The gears, the rhythm of the motion. Pulse. A watch is only man-made object with hands and tools but it feel alive. The connection between one’s timepiece choice is very magical.  I would like to see the whole process if possible.

  • speterson73

    I’ve always liked the inner workings of watches. When I was young, I used to take broken ones apart to see how it all connected. Would love to learn from the best.

  • Aweps

    I would love to go to Geneva and meet the minds behind Frederique Constant. The art of watchmaking is a fascinating topic for me, and I marvel at the engineering in me mechanical watches every day. I would love to learn how they are made.

  • NadiTawakkol

    Being able to see with your hands and use them as your tool is a powerful asset and it would be a privilege to experience this opportunity. So much lies beneath the face that we cant see, such minute detail that creates amazing movement.

  • vyaspaulas

    Going to Geneva to not only meet, but to help design a watch, would be a dream gift for my medical school graduation. Although I am plundered in debt, I have been fascinated with the luxury watch arena; it is a dream to own a fine timepiece, and to one day have a collection. As a curious person, being able to see how watch is mechanically built, and what makes mechanical movement superior in the building process would be invaluable and would add a great story to pass on to other watch enthusiasts and those admiring my own time piece. Not to mention the history behind these watches is intriguing enough for the story.

  • ClumsyCoyote

    I have always loved watches, and have always been a bit of an aestheticist. Not only would I love this experience, but I would use it to help decide whether, or not to pursue on an education in watchmaking.

  • BrahimiTaous

    Votre marque n’est pas beaucoup connu en Algérie, c’est avec curiosité et grand intérêt que j’ai cliqué sur la pub trouvé sur facebook et c’est avec joie que j’airai voir votre magasin et les différents model proposer en espérant trouver ma prochaine montre. La qualité est là! j’en suis sure, je le sais parce que les montres suisse ont fait leurs preuve; meilleurs matériaux, savoir faire sans égale… Reste maintenant à découvrir votre marque et bienvenue chez nous :) “paonbz@yahoo.fr”

  • BrahimiTaous

    Votre marque n’est pas beaucoup connu en Algérie, c’est avec curiosité et grand intérêt que j’ai cliqué sur la pub trouvé sur facebook et c’est avec joie que j’airai voir votre magasin et les différents model proposer en espérant trouver ma prochaine montre. La qualité est là! j’en suis sure, je le sais parce que les montres suisse ont fait leurs preuve; meilleurs matériaux, savoir faire sans égale… Reste maintenant à découvrir votre marque et bienvenue chez nous :)

  • MrBunnyChow

    I became fascinated with mechanical movements after my grandfather’s Omega was stolen from my home and I was looking to replace it with an heirloom for my kids.

  • JonathanEpp

    I work in a jewellery store with a certified Rolex technician.  He let me take apart a Rolex movement and then helped me reassemble it.  The experience gave me such an appreciation for mechanical movements that there really isn’t one aspect of it that isn’t amazing!  I would love to be a watch maker someday, but alas, it is not in the cards for me.

  • windawatch

    Mechanical watches are fascinating. When I think about the fact that the passage of time and in more complicated movements, speed and the phases of the moon, can be monitored by releasing the tension of one spring with another how can one not be fascinated by their function and want to learn more.

  • Adamo

    I used to make furniture for a living, usually i was trying to incorporate some sort of secretly accessed function. Years later I’m falling down the rabbit hole of mechanical watches, currently wondering if i can put together a lego clock movement as a way to learn a bit more :)

  • lestinky

    My father-in-law owned a clock shop before closing it in the early 90s, but he still has all of his watch and clock repair equipment and I have started to tinker and take up clock and watch repair as a hobby. Mechanical timepieces are fascinating to me it would be the incredible to learn how to build a movement.

  • satsho

    Mechanical watches are the way to go – I have a very old Favre Leuba automatic which I keep winding manually even though I have a watch winder. Mechanical watches makes you involved with the upkeep and maintenance which is missing nowadays with the newer model watches.

  • satsho

    Mechanical watches are the way to go – I have a very old Favre Leuba & a Hamilton automatics which I keep winding manually even though I have a watch winder. This makes me interested in the actual assemly of the various part that make the movement. Mechanical watches makes you involved with the upkeep and maintenance which is missing nowadays with the newer model watches.

  • ssulli02

    I think just in the motherland of watchmaking and the entire factory would be mindblowing.  But watching the mechanism being buit would be greta.

  • PapaWoodie

    I like the mechanical and the precision aspects of watchmaking.
    And Frederique Constant watches are of the finest examples of both.
    Extremely well crafted movements with full attention to precision timekeeping 
    beautifully and masterfully rendered, each and every piece.

  • lscardin

    By far the intricate nature of a mechanical movement fascinates me.  I grew up in the digital age, and never had much in the way of mechanical devices.  So now I am enamored by them.  I would love to do this.

  • 123gtc456

    Finishing, finishing, finishing!  I would love to see how they execute all the detailing.

  • mnejmantowicz

    Would love to join you on what sounds like a great Experience.

  • chriswatchlover

    The design process and how it fits in with movement choice and decision is so interesting to me.What a one in a lifetime opportunity to see and work with a historical swiss company.

  • Fitifazrul Rahman

    the best part of watch making process is to see the tourbillon start clicking. It is the soul of a watch!

  • drmoops

    The solitary focus and patience is what appeals to me. It’s a test of both intellect and manual dexterity. I imagine the outside world completely obscured in the periphery as your hands work under the monocle.  A trip to Geneva and building a movement are both on my bucket list. Two birds, one stone.

  • JaapHuengesWajer

    The fact that only the power of a spring can keep a mechenical watch alive is what appeals to me. The ticking of the watch tells you if it’s living and if there is still power in the spring. That in an era where everything is powerd by electricity with screens and beeps to let you know if it needs charching. I love that there are still companies trying to us this power to make beautifull timepieces. It doesn’t only show their passion but also their love for tradition.

  • JoshuaOgle

    What I love about watchmaking is that until the space program happened it was the pinnacle of engineering, and that, unlike the space program, anyone with talent can be a part of it. 
    I’d love to see how watches are assembled at F. Constant because the way a watch comes together as a whole varies so greatly from one manufacturer to the next that it’s like getting a peek into the watchmaker’s mind. Great stuff.

  • Matthieu Vallee

    As an engineer, I am fascinated to laern how it all works, but what fascinates me the most is to gain a respect for the dsigning and building of all these small, fragile parts.

  • Matthieu Vallee

    As an engineer, I am fascinated to laern how it all works, but what fascinates me the most is to gain a respect for the dsigning and building of all these small, fragile parts.
    Apart from watches, one of my hobby has been to to build stuff: mainly audio amplifiers and USB sound cards, but I also have a bass guitar project that I am starting soon. To be able to learn how to and actually build a watch would be a fantastic way for me to unite two of my passions.

  • AndyMan83

    I’m facinated by the how many pieces there are and that its so accurant.
    I love looking at the movement.

  • jlnfuentes

    There are a ton of crafts that have all been gone but watchmaking is still vibrant to this day. It’s a testament to the craftmanship that goes into every mechanical watch. I am fascinated about the precision, the focus, the patience of these master craftsmen and want to experience first hand what it is like to be one of them even for a day.

  • MarcAlberts

    I am just fascinated by the bespoke experience of being able to build a watch my way.

  • kdesmole

    What I really like about watch making is the passion that a watchmaker puts into a unique mechanical time piece. It is easy today to produce a quartz movement through machines, but I really like this tradition of mechanical watch making that, when we think about it, is a couple of hundreds of years old. Now compare that to the discovery of the quartz movement, I think it is very fascinating to keep on the old tradition of keeping time.

  • jhockers

    I would love to experience the watch making heritage and history first hand. The experience would only be topped by bringing home a beautiful timepiece I helped create.

  • gyang333

    What fascinates me about watches is how such small intricate gears work together to form a piece that can last many lifetimes.  In today’s age of disposable goods, it’s a true marvel of what we were able to accomplish so long ago, and up until recently, we haven’t made any real advancements in this field, because of how timeless past innovations were.  It would be awesome to be able to get an indepth look at how the movement is assembled, cased, and completed in it’s final form.

    Thanks for running this contest!

  • ate

    winning a trip to watch makers heart (Swiss manufacturer),  where automatic watch is everything from start to finish, it is life time experience to help and build a watch in Swiss manufacturer home, always dreamed

  • berniesiao

    Wow what a dream that would be.  I really enjoy seeing the intricate work of a watch maker and seeing something mechanical come to life.  I’d really like to see the “behind the scenes” of a watch maker to see for myself what it takes to go from parts to watch.

  • efped

    learning about watchmaking is the dream of all the watch lovers! including me!

  • Steven Hong

    Wow… a chance to learn the delicate intricacies behind building a beautiful  mechanical device conceived to track the passage of time, and how all those mysterious looking little parts fit and work together to make a watch truly tick…!!  Good Luck to all and Happy Holidays!

  • NoSmoking

    As someone who is fascinated by watches the chance to experience one being built first hand and the possibility of building one myself is exciting. I am just fascinated by the physical quality of watches unlike a lot of modern technology watches are one of those things where the common man can by simply looking at the movement gain an understanding of how it works.

  • kjagasia

    Firstly, Thank you very much for this amazing Giveaway contest. An opportunity to win a trip to Switzerland, the motherland of fine watch craftsmanship and on top of it getting to own a Frederique Constant timepiece, what more can a watch lover ask for in a contest. Love for watches I got it through my maternal grandfather, I remember him repairing watches in his spare time. I want to see if I can take my passion for mechanical watches to the next level i.e. to study watch making. Winning this contest will give me an opportunity to test these waters firsthand. I will know how much dedication and precision is required to make these fine time pieces and if i will be able to maintain my passion. Seeing Switzerland is on my bucket list, with so many bollywood movies shot there and  how can i forget besides making worlds finest timepieces, the finest chocolates are Swiss made too.  Thank you once again

  • natn

    A truly once-in-a-lifetime experience!  Nearly every watch aficionado has probably thought of assembling their own watch at some point or another.  To be able to do so under the guidance of master watchmakers is the stuff of dreams.

  • aykudgonen

    For me the best part about building your own watch is to see how everything comes closer. It’s like watching a well written heist movie where all the pieces of the plan fall into place and in the end everything works perfectly.

  • evandowen

    My first experience with the Frederique Constant brand was at the SalonQP show in November of this year. I was on a business trip to London which happened to be the same week as the show. I was able to attend the final day (Saturday) and although I had read about many of the watch brands it was my first time actually handling and/or learning in great detail about each manufacturer. As a Marketing professional I tend to be a bit harsh on companies whom don’t live up to their calling, whom don’t offer real sustenance to back their claims of being an expert in their chosen field. I have yet to buy a Swiss mechanical watch so one of the reasons to attend the show was to narrow down my list of options.
    One of the first things about Frederique Contant that caught my eye was their motto – “Live your Passion”. Most Swiss watch brands tend to use very direct taglines illustrating how long they’ve been manufacturing or if they’re an expert at something. For examples, “Tag Heuer – Swiss Avant-Garde since 1860” and “Piaget – Master of Ultra-Thin Movements”. “Live your Passion” is a big and bold statement so I was curious as to how this was communicated through the brand and it’s product. It’s also a statement that applies to every single person, to us as customers, which I would learn reinforces one of the unique aspects of the company.
    The representatives at the show were very open, helpful and engaging. They were very excited to talk to me (this was after four 12-hour days standing on their feet). I quickly learned that Frederique Constant is a brand rooted in the past, but focused on leading edge technology – a great mix! I was brought up to speed on the Silicium Escapement Wheel used in their Tourbillon FC-980 and later learned how it was manufactured in the companies catalog which also doubles as a pseudo textbook. This 164 page catalog/pseudo textbook reads like a great article and is full of great illustrations and insights into their movements! Another hallmark of the brand is accessibility. When you’re passionate about something you want to share it, not hide it nor sequester it for a select few. The companies watches are very affordable given that they are hand assembled and tuned. For example, the Tourbillon Cage has 80 parts and each are machined to 1-2 microns (0.001-.0.002 mm). Even with this ridiculous tolerance you cannot achieve a 100% even weight distribution in the individual parts. So what do they do? A master watchmaker spends upwards of 8 hours making micro adjustments with tiny metal rings to balance the Tourbillon cage perfectly. That’s being passionate about your product and making incredible products for a great value. This fact is the unique aspect of the company I mentioned earlier – accessibility and affordability for buyers whom are passionate about owning a Swiss watch.
    “Live your Passion” is very evident in everything Frederique Constant does so as incredible an opportunity as this is, it really doesn’t surprise me that the brand would be so generous. In the end, I found Frederique Constant to be one of the most authentic Swiss watch manufacturers on the market and they certainly made my short list.
    For me, there are five elements of watch making that interests me the most should I have an opportunity to visit Frederique Constant:
    1.) Overall Process & Tools – What is the work flow from concept to reality and what high-tech and traditional tools are used? For me, having a foundational approach to making a watch is key to making a watch well. Also, what safety procedures are in place at a watch manufacture?
    2.) CNC Machining & Quality Control – I know that micro machining exists to make these incredibly small and high tolerance components, however, to work with a technician to setup the machine and create a part that would go into the watch I make would just be incredible. Also, how do you accurately measure 1-2 microns on such small and intricate pieces?
    3.) Traditional Enamel Grand Feu – I’m pretty sure that the hand enamel dials that Frederique Constant uses on it’s watches are outsourced and made by a specialty manufacturer, however, to see this process is akin to watching a master glass blower or traditional artist at work.
    4.) Movement Assembly – Honestly, I’m not even sure where to start on this topic as I can’t fathom all that I could learn by assembling my own watch with experts at my side. I’ve always wanted to take an online class in de-assembling and re-assembling a movement, however, nothing compares to sitting at an actual watch makers desk. I’m sure to get a huge grin just sitting at the desk doing nothing for that matter! If anything, learning good technique would be my primary focus.
    5.) Testing & Quality Control – I’ve talked to many people whom own 20-30 year old Swiss mechanical watches whom have had very few, if any, issues with them and wear them daily. Why is this? I’ve read about the Frederique Constant “Stress” tests and the “Fast Tumbler” and “Deltarox” machines that are used to subject their watches to “Violent” rotation and water resistance all of which fascinates me. I would certainly like to learn more and use these machines!
    Should I have the opportunity to visit Frederique Constant it would be to absorb and learn as much as possible, to respect the process and history that goes into making world class watches. I would certainly plan to work very hard to ensure the time piece I make represents the Frederique Constant brand with integrity. I hope my passion for horology would be met with enthusiasm by both Frederique Constant and ABlogtoWatch.com and look forward to the possibility of us all raising a glass of kirsch to celebrate a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (at least for me).
    So thank you Frederique Constant and ABlogToWatch.com for allowing some lucky person to “Live your ( and mine) Passion”!

  • dryanni

    What a fantastic way to bring the art and science of watchmaking to a captive audience! Watchmaking embodies so many skills, needs so much attention, and, above all, dedication to produce little machines that speak to the core of our humanity. This opportunity would be a key way to demonstrate such skills and keep alive the nobility of watchmaking.

  • Rasmuskorner

    This is a mindblowing Way to do a giveaway!
    Being a Young watchlover While studying is tough, you cant afford any watches at all.
    The thing that have always entriqued me about Watchmaking is the ability to form and create art and function on such a small scale.

  • vortex89

    I have ‘built’ a watch before when the case of a watch broke and I was able to find a NOS case on ebay. Nothing beats being able to say you have put the watch together, the watch holds so much more sentimental value!

  • SaschaAuerbach

    What interests me most about watchmaking is the transformation of something ephemeral and subjective (the passage of time) into something concrete and objective (the measurement of time by a watch).  This measurement of time constitutes one of the basic advances of human civilization–you can even see the increasingly precise measurement of time as a barometer of civilization’s technological achievement.  But watchmaking is particularly significant because both the technology for measurement and the thing itself being measured were transformed in the same period (the Industrial Revolution).  They were also objects of art and beauty from the very beginning, since the earliest craftsmen of watches took immense pride in the aesthetic appeal of their creations.  John Harrison, who created the first small timepiece capable of keeping accurate time at sea in the 18th c., is an excellent example.  For him, elegance and effectiveness were one in the same, and you can observe the progress of his timepieces not only towards increasing precision, but also towards beauty.
    Watches thus represent, more so and over a greater period of time than any other personal possession, the manifestation of a society’s priorities and its technological achievement.  To understand how a watch is made is to comprehend the culture that made it and, through that, to gain insight into human nature.  That is why I would find a visit to Frederique Constant so fascinating.

  • tcf119

    Watches have fascinated me for years, but I have struggled to truly understand how they work with only online videos. This would give me a chance to appreciate the work required to put together these machines.

  • EarlGr40

    I would love the opportunity to travel to Switzerland to see how the watches are made by F-C/Alpina, the assembly and the final testing.  I am in manufacturing, but the beauty and small scale of a watch is what I truly appreciate.  How micro machining and assembly by hand are done, the intricacies and the complicated parts are what I would find amazing.

  • EdDavidson

    I enjoy thinking about a beautiful timepiece made with passion, patience and precision. I admire the intricacy of a highly designed and engineered watch formed from the sum of a cog, a spring and all the parts which balance and rely on each other for a precise mechanical movement. To be apart of this honoured tradition, using specialised equipment and skills in dexterity of this handicraft would be an experience I would never forget.

  • rkan

    The movement of the watch would be the most fascinating. Seldom visible, mostly overlooked, but gives life to the watch.

  • onurberber

    Tiny mechanical parts put perfectly together, making a precise measuring tool is what fascinates me. Learning how to put the pieces together is something that doesn’t happen often, and would be great to experience.

  • venom

    for a long time like a brand Frederique Constant.   Fantastic that there is a chance to get to them to plant and collect a watch!!!

  • ilia

    I would be interesting in seeing how all the tiny pieces fit together and function as a whole. Being able to wear a watch that I had put together myself sounds amazing!

  • Cooperj1

    Wow a great idea for a contest! For me if I was chosen as the winner I think that the knowledge I would gain would be priceless. I would love to learn not only the history of the company but also to learn about the industry and the entire manufacturing process via this experience.
    In particular it would be very exciting to develop an in depth understanding and appreciation for the design of the in house movement and having the opportunity to be part of the handcrafting of a watch that I would pass down to my son. This would be like winning

  • Cooperj1

    Wow a great idea for a contest! For me if I was chosen as the winner I think that the knowledge I would gain would be priceless. I would love to learn not only the history of the company but also to learn about the industry and the entire manufacturing process via this experience.
    In particular it would be very exciting to develop an in depth understanding and appreciation for the design of the in house movement and having the opportunity to be part of the handcrafting of a watch that I would pass down to my son.
    Cheers

  • aktormedic

    Having attempted to put things slightly larger than a watch together without instruction, at least from those that are experts, I would relish the opportunity to make something that actually works as intended, rather than my norm.
    This would be an amazing trip.

  • TomVdk

    I always wanted to know about watchmaking. As I did not have access to a watchmaking school, I instead turned to computer sience. Now at 30, I always wondered what would my life be had I followed the path leading to watchmaking.

  • Ronkat

    I read your site daily as well as others. There is nothing that I don’t find fascinating, from Manufacture of movements to case design as well as bracelets. The whole thing is thoroughly enjoyable. I really drink, watch sports or have any other serious habits, but I love watches.

  • David388

    This sounds fantastic!  I am currently completing Surgery residency, and as someone who will be spending his life working with his hands to heal, fix and repair the human body, watchmaking captures my imagination as another kind of creation which ends up with so much more than just the sum of its parts.  
    Having the opportunity and experience of building an entire watch would bring a new dimension not only to my interest in the craft of watchmaking, but to my career in surgery as well.

  • mtk123

    What a beautiful idea not to just win a watch but to actually build it. I always wanted to see how they build a mechanical watch. Building and bring it to life yourself surely must be an experience you would never forget.

  • Mstein4

    This is the opportunity of a lifetime.  To travel and experience the watchmaking process in action from one of the masters of the would truly be a dream come true.

  • Phillyfilm

    There are so many steps to consider in watchmaking…  But for me, even more than designing, the step that most interests me is the manual building of the watch. It is a journey from concept to final polish, and to be able to carefully consider, lift  and put into place each piece of the watch to create a perfect whole, well, I cannot imagine anything more satisfying and rewarding.

  • winterwold

    Great prizes! With watchmaking I like how the details matter so much. You just have to get everything right or it doesn’t work or look right. For me the most interesting part of a trip like this would be to see how everyone works together in a company to make all the different parts needed to finish the whole watch. There must be so many things that has to work out right!

  • lloydpark

    Hello. How’s everyone doing? Hope everyone had a nice holiday.
    This is an amazing prize opportunity. Thanks for the chance to enter.
    The minaturized precision hand assembly of wristwatches, particularly Swiss wristwatches has always intrigued me. It would be truly fantastic to part of this once in a lifetime experience. Owning a Swiss handmade wristwatch is often a matter of choice and economy, but to have a personal hand in creating one is something that most people would never have considered possible if not for this blog and creative contests like this one. Thank you again.

  • Rayswatch

    I enjoy reading your blog and follow the associated links daily. The watches presented in the articles are a work of art, a marvel of engineer and ingenuity assembled by skilled craftsmen, and it would be the dream of a lifetime to visit a manufacturing facility..one of the most intriguing parts of the watch I would like to see is the making of a tourbillon and its placement in a watch.
    I Can only imagine myself doing it and then then being able to say I built it, a dream I would be ever so grateful to realize.

  • hogarthlennox

    Fantastic prize and an excellent idea. As an avid collector of watches i’m looking to explore creating my own line of watches and what better way than to experience what’s involved and learn from the experts!

  • MediaSurvivor

    I love mechanical watches. I really, really love them. And yet there is a mystery to them. I don’t really know the process through which they are made. I would love the opportunity to see the magic happen in real life, and to take home such a great memento of the experience.

  • JamesAinge

    Having an ME background, I  Have Always had an appreciation and respect for the amazing internal engineering and design aspects of watches. I prize my collection of automatics and while I am somewhat familiar with how they work, I have always wanted to know more about their inner workings. An experience like this would enrich my respect of the craft and be the highlight of my love of watch collecting!

  • Jake Flash

    I enjoyed building Lego as a child.  I’d love to see how putting together a watch compares to putting together a Lego set.  And as a rookie, I’ll settle for putting together a the largest 3-hander movement they have available.

  • Glenn Previtera

    The most interesting part of building a watch is the satisfaction of putting together many different delicate components to then watch them perform like a symphony. Knowing that I was a part of this magnificent effort would be phenomenally gratifying.
    Regards
    Glenn

  • Cfinstad

    Fantastic prize!
    To se how Watches and a modern factory work with old orinciples

  • Oelholm

    It would be great to have a more intimate relationship with your wristwatch – which is something your wear daily and experiencing it being put together would give that. It would also be a great conversation piece, which is something most people like I guess. The most interesting part of the production would be the quality testing, I reckon. It would be nice to see how the finished pieces are put through various tests.

  • Sarkun

    Awesome opportunity to see expertise at work.

  • leningr

    Great gift, i would like to find out how to create a watch from beginning and wear one of them with my imagination of watch

  • Ctmaverick

    The watch case that we wear is really not where the magic happens. We stare into the sapphire case backs or skeletonized dials to experience the finely crafted machine that has taken mankind hundreds of years to perfect. Building one of these masterpieces is a dream come true.

  • maxarle

    Making my own Swiss luxury watch, AND get to keep and wear it? Tied for first place on my bucket list to creating a signature drink and have it become a worldwide phenomenon. Like the Gin Rickey.

    Cheers.

  • Hudge

    I first learned about FC watches and have been following them ever since.  The lovely work on the dials really catches my eyes, but so do the lovely lugs and the bezels. I’ve wanted to learn how to put a watch together ever since I was a boy and took a few old Timexs apart, only to be utterly defeated by the task of putting them back together.
    Thanks.

  • winston33

    I would love to go to Switzerland to escape the hectic city life. I’ve heard wonderful things about the scenic country, and it would be nice to adventure around the mountain side and towns. I enjoy traveling and meeting new people and think a trip to Switzerland would be FAANN-TASTIC!!

  • Rodmo

    It has been sometime since I have become interested in watches. My collection has slowly grown as has the time I devote to learning about what’s going on out there in the watch world. It would be extremely exciting to add hands on experience to what has largely been an online education.

  • MarkFD

    I have a deep appreciation for the mechanics of fine watches, but my favorite part is case and dial design.

  • koshyk

    The fact that all the components of the watch fit so perfectly into a small case fascinates me.  Its like buying something from a certain swedish store that fits couches into flat boxes.  Im also fascinated by the level of craftsmanship and precision of these expert watchmakers.

  • rmkather

    I design and work with electronic devices everyday. I am curious to see a mix of modern and old school techniques that go into watch making.

  • hhzaidi

    As someone getting into watches and both a college student considering engineering as a major the opportunity to see how a movement is made and works first hand seems particularly interesting, not to mention the ability to actually keep such a great watch, with a personal story behind it.
    The part of watch making that is most interesting to me is how all the components of a movement come together to actually tell time in an accurate and consistent fashion. It boggles my mind how somebody first came up with the idea.
    I cannot stress how much the ability to actually make a movement appeals to the engineering/mechanical side of me.

  • curtinnd

    Great prize, great opportunity. The chance to have a hand in putting together a beautiful timepiece is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I’m ready to go!

  • timeparadox

    time in general got me into watches, time is so fascinating what is time? i concluded it that it was a entropy a mysterious uncertainty.but when i saw a automatic watch i was so amaze of how so many parts can can fit into a small object. it is truly a machine and unbelievable how humans can create a complication watch. sometimes i just look at my watch and watch it tick and be like wow time is Someting and i still wonder about time. i would like to build a machine(timepiece) because i could say in the end i build that.i was into Patek and JLC only but notice but your videos on you tube that there are much more different types of watches.i love aviation and chronographs style watches but started being more open to unique watches because of your videos.i love to be able to touch/own a truly automatic high end watch.

  • loueichjr

    Fascinated to see first hand how intricately assembling several tiny gears, cams, and springs results in a beautiful tool that can accurately keep time.

  • Beidi

    I am interested in the complete creation process, from the original ideas to the final design. Learning first hand about the assembly process, materials used, etc. at the Frederique Constant workshop is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I would be utterly honoured.

  • MattH

    The idea of building a watch fascinates me. One of the things that interests me about mechanical watches is the interface between watch and wearer. A watch isn’t just about telling time, it’s about your relation with time. Building a watch would be the chance actually create the relationship. 
    Also, I have to admit I do enjoy tinkering with small machines so this would definitely appeal the tinkerer in me.

  • dino721

    I am just beginning to get into watches. I have a few but still have much to learn. I feel that watch making would allow me to fully appreciate a watch as a time piece as well as a piece of art. I really enjoy the mechanisms within watches and have “tried” to repair old watches but have failed, so it would be interesting to see how professionals do it.

  • stvon3

    I would greatly appreciate a well-made time piece as I am just getting into embracing the only “jewelry”  a lot men wear. Understanding that most of these watches have many functions; we like them because they look cool. I want one!

  • HawaiianHorology

    They always make nice conservative watches. Especially the slim line.

  • HawaiianHorology

    Going on a trip would be fascinating. I am an engineer by trade and figuring out how things work is always of interest. I am especially interested in the hairspring adjustments. Personally, the Healey line and slimline are the nicest.

  • http://dynamicsigns.co.nz Mike Omega

    Hi all my attempts at repairing watches have come to a sticky end so some proffesional tips would come in very handy.Fredrique Constant make a nice line of watches and I would be happy to own any of them.

  • MFH

    Would love to see the level of detail that goes into creating a watch!  What a cool prize.  I love (and would love to learn more about) automatic movements and how they work!

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/zotter zotter

    I’d like to learn this craft and contribute to its future.

  • tw3nty

    What a great experience this will be for someone, thanks ABTW!

  • RGM

    As  I am  learning to refurbish vintage watches and bring them back to life, to build a NEW one would 
    be soo great to do. I have liked both FC and ABTW on FB along time ago. Thanks for the contest.

  • tw3nty

    First off, thank you ABTW for providing such an amazing experience for your readers. The movement has always been the most fascinating part for me, being an owner of a few automatic watches of varying quality. This would be quite an interesting experience for me personally because I have always been intrigued by the painstaking process of watchmaking, and to not only be able to experience it first-hand, but build one of my own, would be an unforgettable experience.

  • th3bigsmooth

    My favorite part of watchmaking is the balance between precision and decoration.  I also love the FC world timer.  Great looking watch.

  • luckyM

    Fantastic giveaway, your best yet. The most interesting part of watchmaking for me is design. It must be very hard to come up with something freshly appealing given centuries of history and contemporary competition, but most of us agree when someone does. Thankfully everyones taste is diffferent.

  • mikuki

    That is awesome giveaway indeed.
    For me the most interesting part of watchmaking is creating complications, that are masterpieces of craftsmanship and design. Thats why the inside beauty is somewhat a bit more for me, than external design, however it is important as well. I regret that my professional way went another direction and I will never be able to make or contribute to any mechanism myself… But it does not stop me from admiring the work of others.
    Happy new year everyone and good luck with giveaway.

  • Helal

    Greetings 
    I Thank ABTW and Frederique Constant for such a remarkable chance to venture into the world of watchmaking and experience first hand why those beauties have such high price tags.
    What i like most about time pieces is their time keeping ability;simply wearing the watch makes me feel in control of m own destiny . Nowadays i seldom wind my watches, i just use my phone to know the time but have my time keeping instrument as a guardian of time.
    Technically i enjoy case manufacturing since it requires a multitude of processes to reach the finished state be it sandblasting, polishing ,brushing PVD,DLC coating .etc…
    Secondly i enjoy watching the mainspring placed on the base plate and witnessing the beat of a watch comme the beat of a human heart.
    Last but not least the decorations of the movement and the movement as a whole that simply awes non watch enthusiasts into understanding the watches price and the precision that  is more accurate than that of a surgeon. You can get lost in it for ever ,its like you are Alice an its Wonderland.

    As for the experience of building your own watch it is a chance to know the watch more and hone your dexterity, accuracy, precision& patience .
    I am thinking of working in the watchmaking industry having a mechanical engineering background aids me and so such experience will give me the chance to know which division of watch making will i excel in and enjoy the most. Overall it will be a wonderful adventure
    Much Obliged for bringing forth such an opportunity 
    Sincerely yours
    Helal

  • Soulspawn

    Hello Ariel,
    I recently read an article about a writer who went through a watch servicing course, and the author spoke about how he gained a new found respect for the many men and women who perform this intricate and delicate work as part of their daily routine. As someone who has been bitten by the horology-bug in the last couple of years, I have always admired the mechanical “insides” of the watch but never given much thought to the detailed working and work required to construct the items which I’ve grown to love and obsess about. This article struck a chord within me and I started to wonder that if the servicing and repair/restoration of a watch commanded such a high level of skill (as i for one have trouble even treading a needle), then what about the people who had dreamed up the design and then pushed these dreams into reality?
    The creation of a watch, starting from the mind of a watchmaker, to conception on the drawing board, through the testing stages, to manufacture of the movement is what draws me the most to watch making. In particular, i have great respect for the men and women who make these watches and the chance to sit down and chat to them about what makes them tick (excuse the pun) would be the ultimate experience for me! A trip to visit the place where more than ten calibres of in-house movements are made and new ones are dreamed up would be a bucket list item crossed off for me! (plus, it would be amazing to see how Frederique Constant creates their in-house Tourbillon movements found in the Heart Beat manufacture – one of my grail watches)

    I would like to thank both ablogtowatch and Frederique Constant for this opportunity and I hope you pick me!
    Cheers,
    Wen

  • zrgroh

    ABTW!  What a way to kick off 2013 with such a giveaway! I love the precision involved in watchmaking.  Processes and results are either correct or not, there is no compromise.  There is a discipline involved in the watch making craft that is not seen elsewhere!  It would be an amazing opportunity to be involved with sleeves rolled up in such an art!!

    Thank you for your consideration and a great blog!

    Zak

  • SanderK

    I think this will be a great experience for the winner.
    For me the most interesting part would be to see how all those tiny parts come togheter inside the watch and see it work.

  • Mkaskel

    Hmmmm. A dream vacation to Geneva with Ariel or going somewhere warm and sunbathing with my wife….hands down, Ariel wins!  My poor kids too. Daddy, we want a new car….oh well, Daddy wants a new watch.  Working with one of the “big boys” and just being there with these guys…they’re all Gods!  To be the ultimate creator of an FC watch would be priceless.  There’s an entire world of miniaturization out there in the natural world, and to be able to actually have control over the creation of a mechanical being, and bringing it to life would be incredible!  Ariel, I’m buying dinner/drinks the entire week!!!

  • winston33

    What an opportunity !!!  I would love to make this trip to enhance my knowledge and  get a better appreciation for my passion.

  • Mstein4

    This great opportunity will enhance my desire to learn more about my collection of fine watches and also visite the site where they are made.  this will also allow interaction with the master of watchmaking and learn from the best

  • Adnilson

    The part of watch making that interests me the most is the assembly. I just like to know how things are made and work.

  • Peter.A

    I work in finance and run an advisory firm where I train salespeople on a daily basis. In this field, people tend to talk a lot about watches and pay attention to what others are wearing on their wrist. While I am interested in the engineering and the mechanical delicacies of a manufactory calibre (I have already assembled a few movements thanks to a watchmaker client of mine), I also consider the style and the prestige of such a timepiece an essential factor. Frédérique Constant Genéve fulfils all the criteria, which is why I would be honored to wear one of their timepieces, talk and write about it etc. A trip to Geneva would be easy to arrange for me, by the way, as my work hours are flexible and I live quite close, in Hungary. I can even get to Geneva by car, which also means easier trips to watch museums in the country. I would definitely visit the MIH in La Chaux-de-Fonds, which is only a 2-hour ride from Geneva.

  • manuelz

    I like knowing more about the movements and to see them before assembly.  Also would like to know more about the process of watch making and seeing this first hand would be a great opportunity.

  • mch2469

    Firstly I would like to say thank you for arranging this great offer
    and opportunity for some one here to get the ‘once in a lifetime’ chance to sit
    next to some of Switzerlands most skilled and experienced watchmakers and be
    talked through how these wonderful creations are put together for the pleasure
    of others.
    All of the comments below are great personal points of view and really
    underline the diverse nature of this great hobby and interest, I find all of
    them great personal insights into all the emotions and thoughts that I too have
    thought and felt during my time since becoming hooked on this hobby :)
    There will be a great winner here regardless of who is picked and I wish
    whoever is lucky enough to get this opportunity a great time and hope he/she is
    able to soak it all up and absorb the whole experience, so good luck to you all
    as fellow watch geeks :)
    I am not sure I can say anything very different to what has been written here
    as I think we all have the same aspirations and desires that such an experience
    could offer… but I think I can only add my first thought when I read this
    competition offer.. at last maybe I will get a chance to be shown where I keep
    going wrong!!
    I have spent many long hours trying to understand  the workings and principles of watch making,
    for some reason  no matter how much time
    or effort I put in to the practicalities of taking apart and putting together a
    basic movement, beit from a large clock or smaller timepiece I always seem to
    struggle and end up with nothing more than good intentions… I always remember
    my dad telling me I was all thumbs when it came to detailed work and I find
    myself at this later time in my life and in my frustration  finding he was probably right!
    If I did get this opportunity then I would hope maybe  by getting the chance to sit next to a
    professional, experienced and hopefully patient (!!) watch maker that I might
    at last find out if it truly is that I am all thumbs or if as I hope it’s more
    about the way I have tried to teach myself and methods I have adopted  in endeavouring to take my hobby to the next
    stage and where better to do it but in the country where watchmaking is not
    only an art but a way of life.. and therefore maybe just once I could prove my
    dad was wrong about something !! 😉 :)
    Good luck to you all guys and thanks Ariel and of course Federique Constant…
    :) Happy New Year to you all and I look forward to reading more great reviews
    here during the next 12 months :)

  • ColdSunshine

    What an awesome opportunity! My favorite part about watchmaking has to be the realization of the design of the entire timepiece. I have done a couple independent builds before and I am currently working on my third. Each time I try to do one more thing from scratch. In the case of the third build, I am fabricating the dial from scratch. Without formal training it has its challenges, however, I enjoy it greatly. This trip is so appealing to me because it would be great to learn from the people who do this everyday. Seeing as I cannot take two years or more to go back to school for watchmaking, I am sure this experience will aid me in my own endeavors no matter how big or small they are.
    Thanks

  • penthos

    Great prize! The most interesting part in watch making is to see how great ideas come into fruition and are tested, polished and enhanced under the passing of time. The opportunity to be a part in a watch making experience of one timepiece would make that timepiece quite invaluable to anyone lucky enough to be selected.

  • Lokibess

    This would be a dream holiday.  It is actually on my bucket list even if this does not go through.  I have taken an online course where I disassembled and reassembled a basic watch and loved it.  To go an be part of an actual build in the land of time would very fulfilling.

  • ArjunRudra1

    Being a passionate fan of aesthetics and fine quality, it’s the finishing of the watch that really interests and excites me. To me finishing is the final stage of handiwork before a watch is ready to be released to the public. Being able to see/touch a watch just before its ready, envisioning what the final piece should like, then doing the meticulous work and putting in the time to take something raw and turn it into a masterful work of art, makes me nervous and excited at the same time.
    Classical, clean watches with rounded cases and detailed patterns on their dials that speak to a larger and deeper Swiss heritage are what really make me marvel and Frederique Constant watches embody that very spirit of my fascination.
    Given my love of watches and the art of watchmaking and knowing that 85% of the world’s fine watches are produced in Switzerland, it would be surreal experience to not only visit the Frederique Constant/Alpina atelier but also sit with their watch makers and construct an in-house movement and watch all by myself. Being able to have this experience would allow me to, as someone once said ‘live my passion.’

  • http://www.roberttwaddell.com/ robertwaddell

    I have always been interested in watches and how they are made. This would be an experience of a lifetime to learn from experts on how it’s done. Not to mention win a beautiful watch.

  • Sunnymay

    I have been to Switzerland and the watches there have been beautifully and meticulously crafted.  Going back to see the sites and having the pastry would be great.  I didn’t know you could help make your own watch with a master at your elbow.

  • JohanEricson

    Yes, I would like to build a watch!

  • DiscoDavey

    I just love how each watch has a movement so intricate like a beating heart. To be able to have the skill to build a watch would be fantastic.

  • Jameseverin

    As an engineer I have always been fascinated by mechanisms and they don’t come any more intricate than a mechanical watch. As a newcomer to the mechanical watch world I am keen to learn about the inner workings of these marvels of miniature engineering and this trip would be the most incredible experience.

  • chitty bang

    To me, every aspect of watchmaking is very intriguing. The most fascinating part of it to me is the fact that watchmakers are able to create these incredibly intricate pieces on such a small scale.
    The experience of building an actual watch sounds amazing because most of the time, us enthusiasts can only admire what these watchmakers do from afar. But to be with them and be able to participate in the creation of a timepiece is a once in a lifetime opportunity that is hard to pass up.

  • tomash007

    The most interesting part of watch making for me, is unquestionably the forming and setting -up of the escapement – especially the tourbillon cage. The amount of complexity for this operation is inconceivable to me. In addition to high-class equipment the most important role plays the watchmaker with his specialized knowledge and experience. He must have in addition that “something” – a special sense, that went already into oblivion. I would be honored to see how a tourbillon masterpiece is being created. Frederique Constant has a lot of experience in this area …

  • J f

    i live in geneva. Almost ended up having a job with fredderique constant. their value is truly amazing too. HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!! 😀

  • sdmgu

    I have always liked behind the scenes experiences. The opportunity to see, visit and actually build a watch is fascinating. Plus, being given the time to be part of the process that measures time can surely be time well spent. Best wishes to all on a happy, healthy and prosperous 2013.

  • Will_F

    A chance to tour a watch manufacturer and see watches assembled, work with the tools yourself and (probably) eat a decent meal or two in the process?  I can’t imagine a better way to spend a couple days!

  • cadorette97

    What i find most interesting about high end timepieces is the skill involved in their creation. I would love the opportunity to actually make a high end timepiece and keep it.

  • manivelle

    I’m interested in the moments…or hours… or silence and stillness that must accompany the “activity” of building a timepiece.  I don’t actually think I could do it, which is another thing that makes it interesting to me.

  • BoscoCORGI

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  • skretter

    I’m most interested in the movement design and engineering aspect of watch making.  It’s fascinating to see what goes into taking a watch movement from and idea to functional machine.  It would be incredible to be able to handle each part a manufacture movement and see how the parts interact in each step towards the finished watch.

  • BoscoCORGI

    First Impressions are what make Lasting Impressions. How many times have you found the almost perfect watch – if only the hands were smaller, if only they took away the numbers etc. ? For me, the most appealing aspect of this competition is to be able to create the appearance (face/dial) that represents my personality and individuality.

  • MarkNatm

    The part of watch making that interests me the most is the physical assembly of the components by the watchmaker.
    I was toying with the idea of enrolling in the Timezone class to disassemble and reassemble a movement along with casing the watch. This experience to build a watch would fulfill my desire to learn how this is accomplished. Especially when it can be performed at the Frederique Constant watch manufacture.
    Thanks Ariel and Frederique Constant for this interesting monthly giveaway.

  • Mschaars1312

    My grandfather was a watchmaker but he passed away before I was born. I would love the chance to understand the art and engineering skills needed to build a watch. I would also like to build a watch to give to my dad, in honor of his father.
    I studied mechanical engineering in school and the mechanical engineering at such a small scale is what interests me most.
    Thanks to Ariel and Frederique Constant for the opportunity.

  • r60slash5

    I’m new to owning a nice watch. I have one automatic I wear everyday. I can’t think of a more rewarding experience then building my own.

  • MarkWisser

    As a programmer and a lover of engineering as well as art watches are a perfect mix of both. I would love to be able to make my own as I think while owning something is great, owning something you had a hand in making is even better.

  • doen63

    This is a watch lovers dream to go to Geneva and construct your very own movement from one of Switzerland’s haute horlogerie. I have a very small mixed collection between high end quartz and mechanicals, and really don’t discriminate as my JDM Campanola Cosmosign gets a lot of compliments; and I truly do thinks it’s beautiful.  
    But, a chance to have my very own self built Frederique Constant watch would be something so incredibly special. All my current Swiss mechanical watches have ETA movements, so an in-house movement from such a coveted brand would really give my other watches a lot more winder time. 
    And, a lot of thanks to you Ariel for a great blog (I read/watch it every day)

  • Petar Penev

    Hello.
    Since I was a little boy, I have been fascinated with the concept of measuring time with a mechanical device. I have always wanted to be able to construct one for myself and tailor it to my specific needs. I have several times contemplated trying to do that, but never had the opportunity up until now.
    I am mostly interested in the intersection between mechanism and the design of the watch – meaning what is decided the first – the outer appearance or the mechanical part and how one influences the other.

  • malinar

    As a kid, I enjoyed taking apart our alarm clock and trying to put it back together. What followed is a collection of watches: the colorful Flik Flak’s, cheap digital watches and one mechanical watch I religiously rewinded first thing in the morning.
    How and why watch parts work together in ensuring the precision and the consistency of the time measurement ?
    Can I understand time better as a universal unit and subjective concept ?
    How easy/hard is it to actually build a watch?
    Being able to answer parts of those questions will be the best part and the reason why building my own watch will be the experience of a lifetime.

  • rwcanary

    I have the biggest facination for very small intricate things in general. Automatic watches being the most unbelievable works involving so many perfectly put together engines in the world imo. I have always wanted to own a Swiss made automatic but never could afford one. I remember receiving a basic wind up mechanical Omega when I was a boy and took the back off to examine the workings and played around with it to the point of damaging its accuracy. Boy do I regret that today. To win this contest would be something of a dream so here goes my entry. Thanks to ablogtowatch I have learned many things and await the day I may acquire a real quality watch to appreciate.

  • kapurkk

    The manufacture of quality components is one of the most interesting areas of watchmaking. Visiting a manufacture which makes (rather than just assembles watches) is a unique and enriching experience for a  watch aficionado. What I’d really like to do is make the Maxime Manufacture is their truly modern and well equipped atelier.

  • JLorenzDiaz

    I always strive to do something special to mark a milestone in my life. For my 40th birthday, I want to bring my passion for watches to the next level. Nothing can match a once in a lifetime experience of crafting your own timepiece. The memory, the event itself, the story that will be spoken from generations that will follow the watch as I hand it down to my son and to his future family is a not only priceless but also unmatched in every level when you talk about legacy.

  • Antje

    I’m interested in adjusting the indexes.

  • TariqShekeyb

    Im a student from germany. Beside my studies i am working as a journalist, also for a big lifestyle-magazin, where i write about watches. To see directly how the watches are made and which process they go throu, would be a great experience (it would also help to improve my writing about watches). It would be fun too. And maybe I could write a reportage about the trip.
    Beside that my birthday is in may 😉
    Best regards and good luck for 2013!

  • otaking241

    Watchmaking has always appealed to my meticulous nature, especially in attention to the most minute details. I would love to learn more about the manufacture of the movement itself, the adjustment involved, and the finishing processes that go into making FC’s excellent in-house movements.

  • yavorzz

    I’m interested in all of it I guess. Who on this site would not be trilled to visit a watch manufacture? If I won, the trip would be the hi light of my year. What a story to tell on my local watch forum!

  • mugwumpr

    The magic by which the incremental interconnection of separately mundane widgets creates something magical is not that dissimilar to the process of theater.  And, I don’t know, has anyone mentioned the simple thrill of being in Geneva?

  • Mantro

    The goal of perfection in even the less significant or unseen parts is what drew me to watches.  Attempting to do things the best and most beautiful way possible is an admirable goal in anything.  Being able to experience this process first hand at a manufacture would be a once in a lifetime experience.  What an amazing contest idea.  Thank you.

  • fearlessleader

    I thought that I had entered already, but now I don’t think I have.  The precision and care of making a watch is amazing. It would be great to be able to watch the process up close, let alone try my hand at it. A once in a lifetime experience.

  • Vjjk

    I would like to build my own watch, so I could have a unique watch that has part of me in it, rather than a soulless mass produce object.

  • B0rdeaux

    I would love to build a watch of my own! And to have an opportunity to do so on such hallowed and historic grounds as Switzerland would be incredible for me.
    I have some basic watch tools and have taken a few parts off a Seiko 7S25 movement. So I have a lot of respect for the fine detailed skill  required in working with such mechanisms. I have discovered a lot of joy in putting those last pieces back together and to have the mechanism come back to life! 
    I am an engineer in the nuclear power industry and the contrast between such tiny accurate instruments, i.e. watches, and the huge complex systems I am accustomed to is particularly striking to me. The instruments in a nuclear plant are generally accurate to 1% of the maximum reading of the scale. Mechanical watches blow that away, and there is no electronics! And mechanical watches only require maintenance every four or five years as well.
    A big thanks to ABlogtoWatch and Frederique Constant for making this special opportunity happen. If not me, I am sure someones dream will be coming true.

  • JHope

    Honestly, I have never considered until now what it would be like to build my own watch.  What a unique and memorable opportunity this would be!  An area of watchmaking that I find intriguing is how precision, tolerance, and balance is maintained throughout the process.  And on the engineering side, it would be fascinating to hear an expert explain how some of the more unique complications are accomplished.  Thank you Ariel and Frederique Constant for making a lifelong memory for some lucky person!

  • punet

    Well, all this sounds like a dream!  Almost unreal, but who knows, I live close to Disney where “the dreams come true…”  Hope, this is the main point!
    As a kid i disassembled a lot of old mechanical watches and even successfully repaired one of them.  It was a long time ago, but today my love to watches is stronger than ever.  To build a watch myself would be my best experience as a watch lover…
    Ariel, please make tons of photos and videos, so all we can join you and the lucky winner, and virtually go through this incredible experience…
    Thank you Ariel and Frederique Constant for boosting our dreams!!!  Happy Holidays!!!

  • stephen

    The 2 parts that intrigue me most are the mechanical ingenuity and variety of the movements and the purity of the design and finish.
    To wear a mechanical marvel that I’d created would give me a moment of pleasure and pride every time I looked at it for the rest of my life.
    And of course who would pass up the chance to meet one half of the hourtime show and a close personal friend of flavor flav…
    (And I’m already in Switzerland, think of the dosh FC would save on airfare 😉 )

  • tcsmiles

    I work all day with magnifying binoculaur loupes and a Xenon light source as a dentist – small tolerences and precision work in small areas is what I do – to have a wide open, clean, dry space in which to work would be such a thrill. As a watch lover and enthusiast since long before the “online era” I have been facsinated by mechanical timepieces. Combining my passions would be an amazing opportunity. I also value bespoke items and have many things made and customized to my size and taste. Even factory pickup makes things all them more special for me, like traveling to Pittsburgh and meeting Michael Kobold when selecting my SOA wristwatch, or going to Montana to get my Bozeman. This is an opportunity that I wish was available even outside this promotion. I have an Alpina Regulator on my “list” and would do a trip like this to get my watch as readily as I would travel to Munich to pick up a BMW!  As for part 2 – it is not possible as I am not a facebooker.

  • bockzilla

    Great way to start off the new year, pick me!

  • bockzilla

    Obviously I was stricken by excitement before I could fully describe what the best part of being able to build a fantastic mechanical piece from Frederique Constant, would be. I am fairly new to the mechanical watch collection game, and the opportunity to not only gain incite into what makes this wonderful collection “tick” but also bring home my first new mechanical watch would be an unbelievable experience. Since FC produces in house movements it would be truly remarkable to see the entire production of their lines from beginning to end. Good luck to all!

  • junchoon6

    Watch makers are divine, fashioning each and every intricate detail. There hands bring life to complex machines. Machines that have more moving parts than some weapons of destruction. There’s nothing more beautiful than springs and gears coming together to tell time. Years upon years of small gradual changes and innovations bring us to a point of watch making history where its just to beautiful to ignore.

  • lunkerpike

    I can’t believe I didn’t see this contest earlier!  I hope I’m not too late!   Watchmaking is in my blood…I’ve loved watches ever since my father showed me how his worked when I was very young.  He was an engineer and passed his mechanical curiosity down to me.  We worked on everything, from large tractor engines down to fine electrical components.  Watches were among the first things I fixed with my father.  I’ve always loved the exquisite tiny components of watches and the attention to detail it takes to make everything fit and run properly.  The opportunity to travel and see actual professional craftsmen build watches would be a dream-come-true…the additional opportunity to sit beside them, learning and building my very own timepiece, would be something beyond a dream-come-true!

  • AH795

    A once in a lifetime opportunity!  I would love to see how the movement of the watch is assembled.  The minute detail of the mechanism has always fascinated me.  Beyond creating something that you can always talk about the opportunity to travel to Switzerland would be very cool.  A dream come true on both accounts.

  • punkprops

    As a person who works in the material (watch parts) industry it is hard to pick a definite one thing that is a favourite about the art of horology. Every day, we see something new…and unusual whether it be a watch, clock or even a watch part, old or new! You come to appreciate the qualities of both inexpensive and luxury watches at the same time yet for different reasons. Luxury timepieces are not not pricey just for tgheir case alone but what wonder of mechanics is housed inside and the workmanship gone into it ot finish it like a mechanical work of art. Less expensive watches, say like Westclox or Timex, are impressive for the ways these companies have streamlined production, materials and the manufacturing therein to be able to bring every man, woman and child a timepiece. While I do sideline tradework (repairs etc) I have also dabbled in piecing together my own watches, currently having made my father a watch utilizing a Titanium skeleton case, an ETA gold-plated winding 2801 skeleton movement, black-on-black Crocdile leather strap with black PVD deployment clasp. The hands were 16S Elgin spares. Currently, I have 3 other watch projects on the go; a matching pair for my brother and I, as well as a skeletonized version sporting a wood dial that I have handcrafted. This is why I say, it would be difficult to pick just one area of making a timepiece that is a favourite; all parts make the whole. I guess, if I had to say; for me the whole production of making a watch appeals to me; from design to build to finishing touches!

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  • drpushparajshetty

    when is the result going to be announced?

  • anoriega

    Having the oportunity to participate in the building of my own watch would literally mean having a watch which is not only mine, but a part of me, and this would be unique.

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  • nectarnet

    Strange that there is no information or changes to these web pages even though the end of comp was 31st of December…
    I have already posted to ask what’s going on and so have others… Mr Adams: can you please respond??

    Thank you.

  • TomCanedy

    I would love to see the escapement mounted. It is the heart of the watch. I love Frederique Constant watches.

  • nectarnet

    What’s happening Ariel?

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  • krg

    The opportunity to construct a Superb Frederique Constant manufacture movement and Elegant watch in the most Magnificent city of geneva, Switzerland is a fantasy of the dream realm. To learn from and simply exprience the company of Watch Makers of the Frederique Constant/Alpina manufacture would be a gift of kindness! This experience would never be consigned to Oblivion.
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