Fort Worth, TX is home to the North American Institute of Swiss Watchmaking in a small office building where just eight students have been accepted. Run by the luxury watch brand, Richemont, students work under John Skol and learn watchmaking from the ground up. “Watches commemorate certain things that electronics can’t,” said John Sokol. “A watch you can hold on to for a lifetime and it means something to people.” And that meaning, Sokol said, is the driving force behind training a new generation of watchmakers.


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