The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) teams with Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo to auction watches, clocks and books to raise funds for the Association’s horological education programs.

Scheduled from July 6 to July 11, the “Timepieces for HSNY: 2023 Charity Auction”, will be live online. Interested buyers can see the timepieces in person by appointment by contacting Phillips at watchesny@phillips.com. 

The HSNY and Phillips are conducting the auction with No Reserve policy meant to encourage auction-goers to bid generously.

Lot items from Timepieces for HSNY: 2023 Charity Auction include:

  • LOT 1 — F.P.Journe Signed Books. A collection of six new books on independent watchmaking, all signed by François-Paul Journe.
  • LOT 2 — H. Moser & Cie. “Streamliner” Wall Clock. A new aluminum quartz “Streamliner” wall clock.
  • LOT 3 — Oris: Big Crown Calibre 473. A new stainless steel wristwatch with blue lacquer dial, date, five-day power reserve, warranty and presentation box.
  • LOT 4 — NOMOS Glashütte: Tangomat GMT Plus Glass Back. A new stainless steel world time wristwatch with GMT indicator, date, warranty card, setting pin and presentation box.
  • LOT 5 — Jaeger-LeCoultre: Reverso Classic Medium Thin. A new stainless steel reversible wristwatch with warranty and presentation box, and free personalization on the reverse side of the case through Jaeger-LeCoultre’s Reverso Engraving Services.
  • LOT 6 — Laurent Ferrier: Bridge One. A new stainless steel rectangular-shaped wristwatch with certificate and presentation box.

“We are honored and delighted to once again support HSNY’s efforts that continue to advance watchmaking science and culture in the United States,” says Paul Boutros, Phillips’ Deputy Chairman and Head of Watches, Americas. “One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sale of each watch, including Phillips’ buyers’ premium, will benefit HSNY’s educational programs, scholarships, and watchmaking school awards.”

Roger Smith’s Pocket Watch Number Two sold for $4.9 million during the Phillips New York Watch Auction Eight held June 10 and June 11, setting a new record for any British timepiece while marking the fourth highest price ever achieved for a pocket watch at auction.

The Roger Smith, Pocket Watch Number Two.

The English watchmaker worked for five years to create the watch by hand in order to win the approval of the late George Daniels and secure an apprenticeship in Daniels’ legendary workshop on the Isle of Man.

Case back open view of the Roger Smith, Pocket Watch Number Two.

As Phillips explains “With Pocket Watch Number One rejected by Daniels, it was the perfection of this timepiece – Pocket Watch Number Two – that led Daniels to proclaim to Smith, “You are now a watchmaker.”

The Patek Philippe Ref. 2481 Pristine Forest.

In addition to the Roger Smith sale, two Patek Philippe watches sold for more than $1 million, including the Ref. 2481 Pristine Forest (which sold for $1.1 million) as well as the Philippe Dufour Simplicity 37, which sold for $863,600.

The Audemars Piguet Grand Complication platinum pocket watch, which sold for $635,000, more than ten times its low estimate.

An Audemars Piguet Grande Complication pocket watch in platinum, completed in 2011, sold for $635,000, more than ten times its low estimate.

The Philippe Dufour Simplicity 37 “No. 70”

Watches from Zenith also did well, including a tropical A384 El Primero which sold well past its $6,000-$12,000 estimate to $50,800, setting a new record for a vintage El Primero model. Zenith’s Chronomaster Original Pink “Unique Piece” for Susan G. Komen” sold for $30,480, of which 100% of proceeds, including Buyer’s Premium, will be donated to the breast cancer organization.

The Zenith Chronomaster Original Pink “Unique Piece for Susan G. Komen”

The auction realized total sales of $26.4 million, selling 100% by lot and 100% by value. See the Phillips website for full results and details. 

Zenith donates a pink El Primero Chronomaster for a June 10-11 Phillips auction in support of the Susan G. Komen breast cancer awareness organization.

The Zenith Chronomaster Original Pink, Unique Piece for Susan G. Komen.

The auction will be held in person in New York City or online, with 100 percent of the proceeds donated to Susan G. Komen to help fight breast cancer and raise awareness. Komen advocates for patients, drives research breakthroughs, improves access to high-quality care and offers direct patient support and information.

The upcoming auction continues Zenith’s advocacy for breast cancer awareness. It follows the launch of the Chronomaster Original Pink edition in October 2022, which raised funds for Susan G. Komen, and enhances awareness to the cause also championed at the recent Zenith Meet the DreamHers event held in Singapore.

“Supporting Komen, with its rapport and incredible impact, is a partnership of great significance for Zenith,” notes Zenith CEO Julien Tornare.

“The Chronomaster Original Pink unique piece will help fund impactful research and support for patients undergoing treatment, a cause we are proud and eager to be a part of over the coming years.”

The Zenith Chronomaster Original Pink, Unique Piece for Susan G. Komen watch is a one-of-a-kind 38mm steel edition of the famed El Primero-set watch and includes diamond-set lugs similar to the Zenith A386. Inside Zenith fits its  Automatic El Primero 3600, with the unusual 1/10th-of-a-second chronograph function.

The watch’s metallic pink dial honors the color globally associated with breast cancer awareness. Zenith will add an additional strap (of the winner’s choice) to the package and will supply a certificate stating the watch’s uniqueness.

Phillips is estimating an $8,000 to $16,000 auction price. 

The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) awarded $125,000 in financial aid to twenty watchmaking students and four U.S. watchmaking schools during its 157th anniversary Gala & Awards Ceremony on April 15. The organization also raised an additional $25,000 toward its mission to advance the art and science of horology during the annual event.

Watchmaking students Jose Weinberger and Mary Raso accept a ceremonial $125,000 check on behalf of all 2023 recipients. A giant check was issued by HSNY Director of Education Steve Eagle, center.

During the gala, HSNY Director of Education Steve Eagle presented a ceremonial $125,000 check to Mary Raso, student at the Lititz Watch Technicum, and Jose Weinberger, student at the Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School, who accepted the award on behalf of all recipients.

HSNY Executive Director Nicholas Manousos delivering opening remarks.

“The 2023 gala broke records in every way for the Horological Society of New York,” said Carolina Navarro, HSNY Deputy Director. “An increasing demand to attend allowed us to max out capacity and draw crowds from top watch brands, VIPs, influencers, and even celebrities, who showed up in style to support our now 157-year-old society.”

Benjamin Nelson, winner of the HSNY 2023 Lifetime Membership Card.

Also during the event the HSNY’s auctioned a 2023 Lifetime Membership Card, raising an additional $20,000. Top bidder Benjamin Nelson will enjoy lifetime membership privileges at HSNY, including all aspects of current and future membership tiers. Proceeds from the sale benefit HSNY’s ongoing financial aid initiatives.

Horologist, HSNY Trustee and Hollywood actor Aldis Hodge calling for donations to kickstart the 2024 HSNY financial aid season.

Prior to the event, HSNY introduced three new financial aid opportunities for watchmaking students across the country — The Charles London Scholarship for Watchmaking Students, The Charles Sauter Scholarship for Innovation in Horology, and The Simon Willard Award for School Watches.

In June the organization will host its annual Charity Auction online, hosted by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo.

Maurice Lacroix created a special version of its Aikon skeleton watch to be auctioned by Phillips to benefit TimeForArt, a watch auction charity that supports contemporary artists and public art education. The auction, Phillips’ New York Watch Auction: ‘Seven,’ is slated for December 10 and 11.

The Maurice Lacroix Aikon Skeleton Rainbow.

For the special auction piece, Maurice Lacroix has worked closely with movement specialist Sellita to devise a new version of its automatic ML115 (base SW200).

The watchmaker has applied a special rainbow treatment to the movement plate and bridges. The oscillating weight has also been is customized, incorporating sandblasted and sun-brushed decoration.

Housed in a 39mm stainless steel case, the special Aikon skeleton watch  is supplied with a matching bracelet and supplied with an additional black rubber strap. Auction estimate: $3,000 – $6,000.