What is this quirky word?
Rhabillage means in watchmaking language, complete service or, if you prefer, disassembly of all parts of the watch, cleaning, brushing, checking their functions, reassembly and adjustment.
Do you know how many pieces are in a watch?
Do you know how much a lady’s watch movement weighs?
Barely 5 grams.
Do you know the thickness of a balance shaft pivot?
8/100 of millimetre! The thickness of a sheet of cigarette paper is 7/100 millimetres.
Do you know how many vibrations the pendulum makes in an hour?
18,000. In one year, the pendulum beats without interruption 157,784,600 vibrations. Counting one turn per vibration, on average, the distance traveled by any point of the circumference is equal to 7,930 kilometres.
Have your watch revamped and oiled every 15,000 kilometres.
You will thus maintain good time which makes the service worth it.
You see that the watchmaker who will repair your watch must be more than a mechanic as you might suppose.
To become a watchmaker, you need a 3 to 4 years apprenticeship, a 2 years minimum practice and tools of 15,000 to 20,000 francs.
Whatever your watchmaker's ability, he needs the time to disassemble, check, clean, brush, oil, reassemble the 130 pieces that make up your watch, or at least four hours, hopefully.
However, when you bring a watch to repair, it is precisely because, in general, everything is not working very well.
If you think about our business, you will find that it is meticulous, unthankful, long to learn, long to execute and ... one of the worst returns.
The conscientious watchmaker does not bargain for the trouble he gives himself, nor his eyes, nor his science! Do not bargain with him for his fees!
You will have a well repaired watch that will give you precise time and will be a faithful companion on which you can count.