Made for both enthusiasts and every day collectors of watchmaking

A comprehensive introduction to a detailed and complex world. The first step on a journey to understanding a profession combining history, art and mechanics.

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Explaining the first course

Course curriculum

At the end of this course you will have gained an understanding of:

  1. 1
    • From the Pocket to the Wrist

    • The Evolution Quiz

    • Any further questions?

  2. 2
    • Understanding the basics, from the buckle to the movement

    • The big bits quiz

    • Any further questions?

  3. 3
    • Understanding the terms to describe a simple mechanical movement and their functions

    • The how it works quiz

    • Any further questions?

  4. 4
    • Elements that make a watch keep time; touching on isochronism, the escapement, balance, frequency, lubrication and COSC

    • The precision quiz

    • Any further questions?

  5. 5
    • From Geneva stripes through to angling, we look at the most used terms and styles used in the final decoration of watch movements

    • The movement decoration quiz

    • Any further questions?

  6. 6
    • From Tourbillons, GMT, Retrogrades and Repeaters we visit and explain the basic functions of diverse complications found in watches today

    • The complication quiz

    • Any further questions?

The course includes:

  • Test your understanding

    After every module, there is a short multiple-choice quiz to test your understanding of the subject.

  • Certificate

    With each course completed you will receive a Naked Watchmaker certificate.

  • Direct support from the instructor.

    During the course, you can pose your module associated questions by email to the team and they will reply to you within 48 hours.


  • The course comprises of 6 modules.

  • Each module lasts approximately 50 minutes.

  • There are approximately 25 presentations (lasting between 5-30minutes) supported by notes.

  • Questions can be posed by email at the end of each section.

  • The course and support can be accessed at any time and is available for 3 months. (But can be extended on request).


To future courses

We will be making further courses looking in detail at the many complications and subjects within watchmaking. This first course is neccessary prior to any further growth studies in order to understand the terms and basic systems employed in watchmaking.

Course Presenter and Instructor

Daniela Marin

In the early 90's I copywrote articles on watchmaking. Later I made a stint working for Piaget. After moving to Le Locle in 1996, where life revolved predominantly around watchmaking, I found a small community where watchmaking was simply a way of life. I was a horophile in denial. In 2000 I funded and officially joined the Watch workshop, it became Speake-Marin & Partner when I joined and I develop this unknown brand to be a highly respected independent luxury brand. In 2017 I co-founded The Naked Watchmaker.

Peter Speake

Peter worked in aftersales service with Omega, Rolex and Piaget, as well as working in restoration for an Antique dealer in London. Moving to Switzerland in 1996 Audemars Piguet in the production of modern complications. In 2000 I co founded, The Watch Workshop (with Daniela Marin) An independent company providing services for the assembly of complications, this evolved to become Speake-Marin watches in 2002 when Daniela officially joined the company. . In 2017 we developed The Naked Watchmaker educational platform.

Begin your journey

Whether you are a collector or simply curious about the world of horology, this introductory course will both form a solid base and help correct common misconceptions of watchmaking.

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If you have any questions regarding this course please contact us at TNW[email protected]