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Short Summary: Time is a concept that in deeply ingrained into our society. Watchmakers have the ability, and duty, to measure and divide our time precisely
In the modern world, it seems that almost everyone wears a wristwatch. The younger generation may use smartphones as their watches, but for everyone else keeping track of the time is as natural and standardized as looking at one's wrist. The job of the watchmaker is literally to keep the world running on time. But it hasn't always been this way.
Before the invention of the wristwatch or even the familiar clock, humans kept track of time by watching water drops, observing shadows on a sundial, or simply waking up and going to bed according to the rising and setting of the sun.
In fact, some cultures don't even have a concept for "time". The Piraha Tribe of the Amazon Basin uses hums and whistles to communicate, and this language has nothing to express past, present, or future. While this may seem bizarre to us, the Piraha also have no numbers in their language, and thus lack the conceptual framework from which to understand the idea of time.
Similar to the Piraha is the Native American Hopi Tribe: since their language lacks verb tenses, they have no way to express the difference between something that will happen from something that has happened. They literally lack the ability to talk about time.
This is quite different from hard-charging places like the United States and Japan. For "fast-paced" (a time reference) societies such as these, it isn't the past or future that are lost concepts, but instead it is the idea of "free time" in the present that is no longer conceivable. Americans and the Japanese may not have a particular moment scheduled, but even this unscheduled time is usually spent in a way that conceptualizes it as a commodity to be spent, not truly "free" time.
This is where watchmakers are most in demand. When an entire society depends on accurate timekeeping, time measurement, and the synchronizing of schedules, the watchmaker is a vital figure. Of course, there are digital watches and those made by machine, but quality timepieces and the people who make and care for them -- are always needed. If watchmaking interests you what is the correct educational path to follow to ensure you get the best career opportunities in this field?
Watchmaking schools such as WOSTEP, the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH, which was devised in the 1960s to provide American students training in the design, engineering, manufacture, and repair of watches in the hallowed halls of the finest watchmakers in the world.
WOSTEP's 11-month training program flies students to a converted chalet in Neuchatel, Switzerland, where they take courses in every area of watchmaking. These students return to their homes certified in all aspects of the art and are able to use this education to keep the tradition of expert watchmaking alive.
As the developing world comes to adapt more Western concepts and ways of seeing the world, these trained professionals will be making and refining watches to help people keep track of time while enjoying the marvelous machines on their very own wrists.