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 Chez l'Horloger

"All Tick-Tock clock repairs and sales" 

Denis Gigandet has been a certified master horologist since 1975 who specializes in pendulum clocks of all kinds and brands, whether recent or antique. He will restore your crystal regulator, your Neuchatel pendulum clock, your Morbier clock or your watch. In 1984, Denis sets up his first workshop "Chez l'Horloger" in Blonay and has, since then, delighted his customers by giving an new life to the clocks he has been entrusted with. He has good customer service skills, uses his expertise to do an accurate job, sticks to his quote and meets the promised deadlines. In May 2010, he relocated to more spacious premises at 7 Route du Village where his treasures are now on public display, much to the delight of the many visitors. 

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Second hand service

Try our free consignment service if you wish to sell or acquire a modern or an antique timepiece. Your items will be kept on consignment for as long as you wish or can be reclaimed at any time. The clocks consigned for sale will be displayed in our shop in Blonay and can also be viewed on our website http://www.chez-l-horloger.com. 

The horologist will give you advice and answer all your questions, making sure you have addressed each part of the question.

If you do not know how to transport your clock, the horologist is happy to personally come to your home.

Clock and watch restoration

When the horologist talks about restoring your clock or your watch, he does not only think about cleaning and oiling the watch movement. The restoration procedure comprises several distinct steps.

What does restoring actually mean ?

Restoring a clock does not simply consist in cleaning it and lubricating it with fresh oil. An accurate restoration involves replacing any and all parts found worn, restoring faulty parts to their orignial condition and replicating any missing parts, cleaning or removing the rust from each wheel, thus insuring that your timepiece is brought back to life.

Several aspects of restoration


 Before dismantling the clock or the watch, the horologist will check the functions of the movement, inspect it for any mechanical problem and test it to define what is causing the timepiece to malfunction. He will check the side and end shake, the striking clock mechanism, the escapement, etc.


The case then has to be opened and the movement separated from the cabinet, the dial and the hands extracted, the spring barrel should be let down and the movement dismantled. All the parts are placed in order on the worktable as they are removed from the watch.


All the moving parts of the clock movement are grouped according to their function and dipped for a few minutes into different baths so that they are degreased, deoxidized, cleaned and rinsed. The bearing holes also have to be cleaned with a dowel pin.


All the moving parts are then brushed and polished using a series of polishing wheels to get the wheels and plates clean, rust free and shiny according to the refinishing required.


All the wheels are successively mounted between the two plates, into their original holes. The horologist inspects the various parts for signs of wear and checks if the interior of any bearings has been worn to an oval.

To deal with a faulty pivot-hole, the horologist will re-bush the worn hole by opening the original hole out to a larger size and drive in a new bush. After the bush is fitted, the hole can be broached out to the final size required.

All the other worn-out parts will need to be rectified or, if necessary, replicated and replaced. Each wheel must be checked once again for side and end shake as well as the gear train to avoid any risk of the clock stopping.


After many years of use, the pivots of a clock will most likely be scratched or worn. The bearing pivots will therefore require polishing to reduce pivot friction.

If the pivot diameter is too small or if the pivot is damaged, a new pivot has to be fitted.

If the balance staff has a pivot that is damaged, the staff rivet has to be cut away so that it can be driven out of the balance wheel. A new staff is then shaped and riveted onto the balance wheel.


The square end of the barrel arbor can often be bent or warped from using a winding key that is too big or worn out, which causes a rounding off of the sides of the square and produces burr, making it impossible to wind the clock.

The horologist will form a new square end by punching, filing and polishing the new square to shape ; he will also get you the correct key size that will fit the winding square.


With the passing of time, damage caused by exessive tension can occur and the mainspring eye can be damaged. A new eye can be made by softening the end of the spring and removing the defective part.

A new hole then has to be drilled and its edges have to be smoothened out to shape.


It is no uncommon thing to find a broken or bent tooth. Replacing a broken tooth on a wheel is a major repair that entails removing the fragments of the broken tooth, cutting into the wheel to create a female dovetail joint and hand-fashioning the male counterpart.

Then a new tooth is made from cast brass and sodered in place.

Finally, the horologist will file the new tooth to fit, soft solder it into place and then profile it. A final polishing and the repair is completed.


Every wheel is put back into place as well as every moving part mounted between the plates or bars. If the timepiece to be reassembled also incorporates a striking-and chronograph mechanism, every component has to be replaced in reverse order as it was removed in accordance with the assembly criteria. This is where the above-mentioned "inspection process" is appreciated and the knowledge and skills of the horologist-repairer are recognized. Some moving parts have to be oiled and lubricated during that stage.


The pallets are a key part of the escapement which, by oscillating, regularizes the movement of the train of a watch or clock. They are therefore a key part of setting the escapement of a clock or watch up correctly and ensure accurate timekeeping.

After many years of use, the pallets are often worn and dented by the teeth of the wheel. The wear has to be removed and the pallets have to be filed and polished for the proper functioning of the movement.


The purpose of lubricating a watch or a clock is to minimise friction between points of contact. A drop of oil or grease is applied to the oil-pot, the pallet stones and the mechanical friction systems.


When all the movement is reassemled, the overall function of the movement as well as the side and end shake are checked, adjusted and, if necessary, modified.


It will vary depending on the timepiece ; the wooden clock cabinets are washed and waxed whereas the watch cases are polished. If need be, damaged areas will be touched up with paint and ornaments redecorated with gold leaf.


The dial and the arms can be fitted. Enamel dials must often be restored or redecorated as they may be cracked, chipped or oxidized. The finished movement is then fitted back into the cabinet or case. The horologist might use a specialized craftsman (cabinetmaker, enameller, bronze maker, gilder) to ensure that your watch is restored back to its original condition.


The clock or watch is then thoroughly tested for another few days to assure accuracy and proper operation of all functionality.


How often should I have my clock serviced ?  

Because of the shelf life of the oils which are used, a clock should be serviced at least once every 5-10 years. The frequency of the maintenance service obviously depends on where the clock is stored, on the changes of temperature and on the proximity to the heat source (radiator, chimney, television). A clock can run longer, but then, it runs with oil which has dried up in the movement and is seriously contaminated with dust. That combination will act as an abrasive and will cause abnormal wear, thus making the clock run slow and, eventually, stop working. 

A watch should be serviced every 2 to 5 years.

Do not hesitate to ask your qualified horologist for advice ; he will provide the highest standard of service and will offer a guarantee on all clock or watch restorations.  








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