If you are wearing a watch right now, you are sporting an engineering miracle with a storied history. The first pocket watch was made in 1524 by a German locksmith and "people of note" quickly became addicted to telling time. In Gulliver's Travels, the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput capture Lemuel Gulliver, tie him down and examine the strange machine he carries in his pocket.
The first wrist watch was made for a queen of Naples in 1812. Ever since then, wrist watches have been telling time and breaking down. And people have been repairing them.
Trois-Rivières Québec is where you'll find Canada's only watch repair school - the École Nationale d'Horlogerie - home to an odd assortment of people who share a centuries-old passion for keeping time ticking. And its days may be numbered.
David Gutnick's documentary is called You Can Put Time in Your Hands