March 23, 2019
Under the best conditions
To do their jobs as well as possible, jewellers and watchmakers need optimum working conditions. Those conditions naturally also include their workplaces, where workbenches play a fundamental role. A wide selection of workbenches await Baselworld visitors. Benchalist (4.1, F11), for example, a company based in Germany’s Ore Mountain Range, specialises in workbenches and supplies a range of standard models that can be adapted to meet each customer’s individual needs. “A modular structure is one of the most important requirements a workbench must satisfy today,” says Benchalist’s Managing Director Andreas Görg. “Further important criteria include ergonomics and the widest possible range of functions.”
At the show, this company is presenting the Modular III model with cleanroom attachments. The air for the working environment is filtered so the watchmaker can work under the best possible conditions. Like all of Benchalist’s workstations, the Modular III is height-adjustable and one of its special features is that the entire system is raised or lowered, including the drawer containers, when the height is adjusted.
Benchalist also offers a real eye-catcher with the Unique V. This Chippendale-style watch- maker’s table is crafted from solid pear wood with pear-grained veneer. Almost too beautiful to be used as a mere workbench, it primarily serves to represent the prestige of the watchmaker’s profession.
Beco (4.1, D01), on the other hand, offers a system that prioritises practical utility. This company is exhibiting a worktable on which various devices such as the WatchExpert and Witschi’s Chrono Proof Pro have already been installed. The table itself is much narrower than conventional workbenches. Its work surface is just one metre wide. Beco Technic’s Managing Partner Marek Birkenstock explains: “We conceived this model to provide a system for quick service in stores, but this workbench nonetheless offers all the functions of the larger models. Featuring electric height adjustment, the table also contains drawer units on both the right and left, each with five roller-guided drawers. The unit is availble in different varieties of wood.”
Ernst & Friends (4.1, G13) offers six different versions of its workbench for watchmakers with the name ‘Ergolifter’. The tables can likewise be adapted to meet specific customer requirements. In addition, Ernst & Friends offers numerous add-ons. Managing Director Ronald Ernst attaches particular importance to the ergonomic aspects of workbenches. “A watchmaker spends eight or more hours each day working in a posture that is strenuous for the body, so it is important that the workstation should allow adjustment for ergonomic aspects,” Ernst explains. Consequently, the Ergolifter tables allow for an infinitely variable range of height settings between 96 and 142 centimetres. Padded armrests with adjustable angles of inclination help reduce strain on the watchmaker’s body.
Durston (4.1, F25) likewise offers workshop furniture. Its portfolio ranges from solid oak workbenches for jewellers and watchmakers to ergonomically designed jeweller’s chairs. The assortment also includes a newly designed student workbench with a leather apron. This affordably priced model is “built for student budgets”, says Andrew Berry, who supports Durston as a technical advisor.