Miami’s Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School open for September intake


Miami’s Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School is now accepting applications for the start of new courses that kick off in September.

The Miami operation is one of four watchmaking schools created under the auspices of Swatch Group’s former chairman Nicolas G. Hayek, and offer WOSTEP-backed courses across the world including Shanghai in China, the Glashütte watchmaking village in Germany and nearby city of Pforzheim.

“Thanks to the Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking Schools’ network, more than 1000 watchmakers have joined the global talent pool,” says Reto Kohli, Head of Apprentices & Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking Schools.


“This achievement is the result of Swatch Group’s substantial investments at different levels and it is fair to say that the entire industry – in Switzerland and beyond – has benefited from the graduates’ skills. In other words, graduates are sought-after professionals. However, our goal is to integrate all freshly graduated watchmakers into our structures in each case.”

Courses at the Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking Schools include a one-year program that is WOSTEP certified, covers key elements including fundamental working standards and technical skills, manual techniques, principles of service and analysis and regulation.

Upon completion, graduates receive the WOSTEP Watch Service Technician’s certificate which is recognized by the Swiss Watch Industry and authorities.

With watchmakers in high demand, the school provides students with the necessary training for a successful career in After Sales Service.

The syllabus strictly adheres to the Watchmakers of Switzerland Training and Educational Program’s (WOSTEP) rigorous guidelines.

The Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School in Miami is one of only four training facilities in the United States that is partnered with WOSTEP, recognized as the industry’s leading training and certification program.

Attendees are only responsible for the cost of their tools, making the school an accessible option for prospective students looking to further a career in watchmaking.

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