Motor City watches
How a new American watchmaker is helping to keep Detroit alive and ticking
Posted: 28 Oct 2013
Lakishka Raybon is part of the casing team. Before joining Shinola she worked in the car industry on a rather different assembly line, making fenders and door panels for Ford, GM and Chrysler. "I'd make sure there were no splits in the metal. No burrs or anything like that," she says. But when the car industry fainted, she was forced to move on. "Things got a little rough when they started with the lay-offs," she says. "Then my recruiter told me about Shinola, and I went in for a dexterity test to see how fast I could fix three little wheels onto a movement, in the right order. I'd never seen the inside of a watch before." She passed. She was hired, along with about 70 other locals, who then started an eight-month training period under tuition from Swiss watchmakers Ronda.