Who am I?

About me

I have always been a mechanically minded person however watchmaking kind of fell on my lap.  It was reading about fellow Irish watchmakers John and Stephen McGonigle that the idea of it as a profession really struck me.  It didn’t take long to realise that the only way to learn top end watchmaking was to go to Switzerland.

I followed the two year full training course at WOSTEP Neuchâtel under the tutelage of Henrik Korpella now owner and principle of the K&H Watch Competence Center in Le Locle, Switzerland.  On graduating I had the fortune of being accepted into the restoration department at Patek Phillippe in Geneva.  It was here that I learned the Art of Pivotage from my friend and Master Pivoteur Frank Pernet.

After three years at Patek I decided to move on and take up the rare opportunity to join the small team working with Roger Smith on the Isle of Man.  This was an extremely special experience.  At Patek I worked almost exclusively as a pivoteur, at Rogers I found myself immersed in real artisinal watchmaking.  Here I expanded and deepened my skills, developing into a much more robust and rounded watchmaker.

From Rogers I moved back to Switzerland to join the teaching team at WOSTEP Neuchâtel and thus complete the full circle.

The last 6 years at WOSTEP has been a huge pleasure I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching and guiding the students on their path.  However now I feel is the moment for me to reignite my own professional development and take the next step in my career.