30 Dec '16, 4pm

Luckily our editor-in-chief @jackforster is asking the really, really big questions

Luckily our editor-in-chief @jackforster is asking the really, really big questions

A smattering of chemistry and metallurgy would be great; a solid reading knowledge of English, French, German, and Italian would be a huge asset. Knowing something about celestial navigation is terrific; a grasp of fine arts history and design history is super; having an understanding of decorative arts like engraving, gem cutting and setting, engine-turning, and enameling is indispensable. It's really useful to understand the contexts in which traditionally, watches have been used – general civilian and military aviation; naval history; manned space flight; yachting; and of course the automotive world (an incomplete list but it will do to start with). Probably you should know how a watch actually works; probably you should also understand how, and why, magnetism and temperature changes and alterations in position can affect rate stability (and, of course, you'll need to k...

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