I came across this website and thought it was a wonderful idea. Training up somebody in the aim to pass on the knowledge that at some point will become lost. the excerpt below is taken from their website.
Do you know what a “mandrel” or an ‘uprighting tool’ are? Some may have seen one in a book, a museum or in an old watchmaker’s shop window, but precious few would know what they do or how to use them. And a modern watchmaking manual is likely to simply note nothing more than that these tools and many others are just obsolete vestiges of early watchmaking. Modern industrial methods have become so prevalent in watchmaking today that the traditional tools and manual techniques – those employed by our horological forefathers – are featuring less and less during a watchmaker’s education, to the point of extinction. The ‘Le Garde Temps, la Naissance d’une Montre’ adventure aims to keep alive some of these endangered watchmaking skills by reviving in the consciousness of the watchmaking fraternity – and the general public – knowledge of traditional skills, tools, and techniques. By preserving this knowledge, current and future generations of watchmakers will be able to both recognise the wonderful traditional techniques and tools available to them and master them to craft their own superlative timepieces.