There is no doubt about the respect Nicolas G. Hayek has for the profession
. «Watchmakers,» he says, «have to be able to balance the time-honoured traditions of watchmaking while embracing today’s cutting edge technology. The qualities of a horologist include vision, artistry, craftsmanship, engineering, micromechanics, and much more.»
The Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School in Kuala Lumpur was established in September 2008. The school is based on a 100% partnership with The Swatch Group (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd and is also a partner watchmaking school of Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program (WOSTEP) in Switzerland.
The school is seated in local institute, the Asia Pacific Institute of Information Technology (APIIT) in Technology Park Malaysia, Bukit Jalil (18km from Kuala Lumpur Center). The maximum number of students for each intake is eight students. Two classes will be held simultaneously every year starting in September for a duration of two years.
- Micromechanical and manufacturing hand tools
- Practical work at the bench to enable students to master the repair of all types of modern Swiss mechanical, automatic, electronic and chronograph watches
- Making a WOSTEP school watch from a blank movement
- Visits to factories and work experience in the Swiss watch industry
- 5 intermediate examinations
- Final examination
Two intermediate examinations will be hald during the first term, another two during the secon term an the last in the third term. The final exmaination will be conducted by a WOSTEP examiner. The students need to pass all the examinations to receive the WOSTEP certificate.
The students will be required to do the Omega Watchmaker Evaluation (OWME) Basic evaluation of Omega. The minimum result for this evaluation is 80% which is a condition for progressing to the other evaluations of Omega. The students who get less than 80% grade will have to redo the OWME Basic evaluation while they are already working as watchmakers in their own respective countries, otherwise they will not be able to progress to the other OWME evaluations.