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

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

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

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

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!

866 comments
krg
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.

krgcc@me.com

TomCanedy
TomCanedy

I would love to see the escapement mounted. It is the heart of the watch. I love Frederique Constant watches.

nectarnet
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.


anoriega
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.

punkprops
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!

AH795
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.

lunkerpike
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! 

junchoon6
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.

bockzilla
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!

bockzilla
bockzilla

Great way to start off the new year, pick me!

tcsmiles
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.

 stephenk
stephenk

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 ;) )

punet
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!!!

JHope
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!

au bloc
au bloc

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.

Vjjk
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.

fearlessleader
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.

Mantro
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.

mugwumpr
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?

yavorzz
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!

otaking241
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.

TariqShekeyb
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!

Antje
Antje

I'm interested in adjusting the indexes.

JLorenzDiaz
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.

kapurkk
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.

rwcanary
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.

malinar
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.

Petar Penev
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.


doen63
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)  

MarkWisser
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.

r60slash5
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.

Mschaars1312
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.

MarkNatm
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.

BoscoCORGI
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. 

skretter
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.

manivelle
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.

cadorette97
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. 

Will_F
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!

sdmgu
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. 

J f
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!! :D

tomash007
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 ...

In Time
In Time

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. 

Jameseverin
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.

DiscoDavey
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. 

Sunnymay
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.

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