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Canberra man builds a mechanical watch by hand, after a deadly illness forced him to reinvent his life – ABC News

Reuben Schoots is building a mechanical watch entirely by hand — a feat accomplished only by a handful of people in the past century. But he is learning more than…

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Reuben Schoots sits barely visible behind a wall of antique clocks heavy longcase pendulum pieces, ornate French marble clocks adorned with baroque sculptures and naked timepieces without cases or dials, their movements exposed.
None of the clocks are ticking.
The 27-year-old works in silence because he is working by hand, at a scale of microns, on the pieces of a mechanical watch he began two-and-a-half years ago.
When he made its first part, he knew almost nothing about horology, the study of…

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