My insight view of Zenith … Part 2 of 11 … Follow me on a tour through the Manufacture in Le Locle

… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…

Now we will discover how various components of the movement are manufactured.

 

… To enlarge my photographs to maximum size, please click on them once and then once again …

 

… This tray shows just a little collection of various parts that have to be produced before a movement can be assembled …
… This tray shows just a little collection of various parts that have to be produced before a movement can be assembled …
… I added a ball pen as a reference for the seize of the parts shown on the tray …
… I added a ball pen as a reference for the seize of the parts shown on the tray …
… some of these components are produced by wire erosion. The wire used in this process is as thin as hair …
… some of these components are produced by wire erosion. The wire used in this process is as thin as hair …
… all these components of a movement were cut by a wire …
… all these components of a movement were cut by a wire …
… some are really tiny …
… some are really tiny …
… again the ball pen shows their real size …
… again the ball pen shows their real size …
… the precision these miniature parts are made of is astonishing …
… the precision these miniature parts are made of is astonishing …
… 1/100 millimeters is the standard …
… 1/100 millimeters is the standard …
… the wire is thin as a hair …
… the wire is thin as a hair …
… gear wheels …
… gear wheels …
… cam wheels …
… cam wheels …
… and many more …
… and many more …
… this is the wire erosion machine …
… this is the wire erosion machine …
… when once programed the machine works by it´s own …
… when once programed the machine works by it´s own …
… this department is in charge of producing all kind of normal and special components for the various calibres …
… this department is in charge of producing all kind of normal and special components for the various calibres …
… a tray with parts that have been trilled and milled …
… a tray with parts that have been drilled and milled …
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… new component of the Zenith Academy Christophe Colomb that will be presented in 2013…
… to compare the size once again a ball pen beside …
… to compare the size once again a ball pen beside …
… the production of a lever …
… the production of a lever …
… the lever is stamped out a steel strip …
… the lever is stamped out a steel strip …
… to reduce the impact of the stamping on other machines four special vibration absorbing devices are used …
… to reduce the impact of the stamping on other machines four special vibration absorbing devices are used …
… after stamping the steel strip looks like this …
… after stamping the steel strip looks like this …
… to give the lever an exact defined form this stamp is used …
… to give the lever an exact defined form this stamp is used …
… a weight of some tons is applied …
… a weight of some tons is applied …
… this is the machinery park with all the classical stamps together …
… this is the machinery park with all the classical stamps together …
… and this is a look into the control of a more modern machine to produce small steel parts …
… and this is a look into the control of a more modern machine to produce small steel parts …
… again we encounter oil for cooling and cleaning …
… again we encounter oil for cooling and cleaning …
… as already discovered for the main plate production also levers have to be adjusted in height …
… as already discovered for the main plate production also levers have to be adjusted in height …
… one by one the levers are aligned on this machine …
… one by one the levers are aligned on this machine …
… then they are abraded and polished in one operation …
… then they are abraded and polished in one operation …
… the process has to be executed very carefully …
… the process has to be executed very carefully …
… to reduce friction jewels are pressed into the moving parts of the lever …
… to reduce friction jewels are pressed into the moving parts of the lever …
… I like the second magnifying glass of the lady on the photograph …
… I like the second magnifying glass of the lady on the photograph …

 

 

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