CWE Begins Efforts to Increase Number of U.S. Watchmakers

A proposal to attract young Americans to a career in watchmaking was considered earlier this year by the Coalition for Watchmaker Education (CWE). The idea—modifying the widely used Swiss training program—was discussed at the CWE's Feb. 22 meeting in New York City. The new plan would divide the two-year, 3,000-hour course of the Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Education Program (WOSTEP) into two parts—basic and advanced—for U.S. students. WOSTEP is the international training center of the Swiss watch industry. Implementation of the proposal, however, was contingent upon approval by WOSTEP. Its board was expected to consider the suggestion—submitted to it by the U.S. office of the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry—at its Feb. 28 meeting. Also at its Feb. 22 meeting, the CWE gave the go-ahead to a position paper profiling the U.S. watchmaking profession, which

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