Rolex-Led Alliance Unveils New Watchmaking Curriculum

A Rolex USA–led alliance of U.S. watch training organizations and schools has unveiled a new curriculum that strengthens the quality of U.S. training in watchmaking. The curriculum expands the 3,000-hour international Watchmakers of Switzerland training program (WOSTEP) with elements specific to U.S. needs. It also incorporates expertise required for tests and certification of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute. “This consolidation sets a new standard in professional watchmaking education in the United States,” says Charles Berthiaume, Rolex USA senior vice president for technical operations. The Swiss American Watchmakers Training Alliance, owned and led by Rolex, oversees the new curriculum, examinations, and certification process. It receives guidance from representatives of Rolex USA; Watchmakers of Switzerland; American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute, Harr
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