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.”

The new exhibit “Pocket Genius: The Watch Collection of Alex Ku at the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) headquarters in New York explores the evolution of timepieces through an extensive collection of pocket watches. 

On view from June through December 2023, the exhibit features more than fifty time-only pocket watches, inventive escapements, gem-encrusted cases and highly complicated pieces. 

The exhibit, with watches on loan from California-based watch aficionado Alex Ku, highlights timepieces dating from the 1690s to the 1990s, examining the role that watches have played in society, from their use in navigation and timekeeping to their use as status symbols and works of art.

From the exhibit, a George Graham work, London, c. 1740, No. 6091, key-wind movement with brass-wheel cylinder escapement and fusee, engraved pierced dial with rotating hour disk and single stationary hand, 45mm.

Highlights include a dumb quarter-repeating jump-hour pocket watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet, a co-axial escapement by Charles Fasoldt, complicated timepieces like Louis Chanson’s skeletonized perpetual calendar with a lunar indicator, and enameled masterpieces by Patek Philippe for Tiffany & Co.

A 55mm pocket watch made by Jean -Antoine Lepine, c. 1780, 18K gold case, quarter-dumb-repeating Lépine-caliber movement with wolf tooth wheel train and a lateral lever escapement.

The exhibit is currently on display at HSNY’s Jost Bürgi Research Library, and is divided into four sections: “Historical Watchmakers,” “Escapements,” “Complications” and “Aesthetics.” In addition, the HSNY has added a ‘bonus’ display: a George Daniels co-axial escapement model, on loan from British independent watchmaker and Daniels protegee Roger W. Smith OBE.

“To carry a pocket watch crafted by a historical master watchmaker is to feel that you hold a piece of horological history in your hand,” says Ku. “For many pieces in my collection, the mission to discover their stories really began only after acquiring them. I’m proud to share pieces from my collection for all to view and learn from, as I have. 

HSNY is offering a a fully illustrated catalog for the collection that includes macro photography by Atom Moore and Collector Notes from Ku. The catalog is available for purchase in-person and online. Proceeds from the sales go towards meeting HSNY’s mission of advancing the art and science of horology. 

Pocket Genius is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10am to 5pm. Admission is free. HSNY is located at 20 West 44th Street, Suite 501, New York, NY 10036.

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.

The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) announces three new financial aid opportunities and scholarships, each created to further support the Society’s mission of advancing the art and science of horology. These are:

The Charles Sauter Scholarship for Innovation in Horology — Honoring the innovative spirit of Charles Sauter who worked for Bulova Watches and served as Principal Engineer for the Apollo 17 Lunar Seismic Profiling Experiment, among other accomplishments.

The Charles London Scholarship for Watchmaking Students — Named after Charles London, a self-taught clock maker and emigrant whose business evolved into today’s London Jewelers.

The Simon Willard Award for School Watches. This scholarship opportunity encourages students to create a school watch before graduation, allowing them to showcase the multitude of skills learned in watchmaking school. The finished product can be the first step towards independent watchmaking — an art that preserves traditional watchmaking techniques.

HSNY notes that the application period for all scholarships is from January 1 to March 1 each year. Any student who has been accepted or is currently studying at a full-time watchmaking school in the U.S. is eligible to apply for financial aid. Prospective students may also apply with the understanding that the scholarships are contingent on their enrollment at a full-time watchmaking school.

HSNY will announce the scholarship awards in April, with awards of up to $5,000 (Sauter and London scholarships) and $10,000 (Willard award) available. For details and for a full list of requirements, see the HSNY website here.

The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has expanded its library in Midtown Manhattan.

Inside the newly expanded HSNY Library, now called the Jost Bürgi Research Library.

Now called the Jost Bürgi Research Library, it is now among the largest collections of modern and rare horological texts, watchmaking books and horological items anywhere in the world. 

Much of the most recent expansion is the result of a large donation from a private collection by the Librarian Emeritus of the HSNY, Fortunat Meuller-Maerki, who amassed one of the largest horological libraries in private hands.

Fortunat Mueller-Maerki and HSNY Executive Director Nicholas Manousos.

Meuller-Maerki spent thirty years traveling the world and purchasing horological material including books, periodicals, audiovisual materials, rare ephemera and much more, according to the organization. It was Mueller-Maerki who renamed the expanded library after Jost Bürgi, an innovative Swiss clockmaker. 

“It was my hope to build a library that would one day serve the greatest number of people,” said Mueller-Maerki. “Housing it in Manhattan under the care of the Horological Society of New York is a donor’s dream come true.”

The new library now boasts 2,000 square-feet with 800 linear feet of custom-built shelf space. HSNY reports that within the collection you’ll find a rare books with first editions and timekeeping treasures dating to 1652.

More specifically, you’ll find more than 7,735 antiquarian and modern books on horology, over 4,675 auction sales and trade catalogs, an extensive collection of horological periodicals (including early issues of iW), 6,100 academic and technical articles, 2,700 pieces of ephemera, including brochures, advertising materials, posters and 1,161 vintage postcards.

In short, the new library has everything an avid iW reader could need to learn more about timekeeping in all its forms over the centuries. 

The HSNY Library is located on the fifth floor of the General Society Building on Midtown’s historic “club row”. HSNY also uses the space to display educational exhibits and hold special events. HSNY’s full-time librarian, Dr. Miranda Marraccini, is on-staff to assist with research requests.

The Jost Bürgi Research Library is open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 am to 5 pm. Appointments are encouraged for research and can be made online at the HSNY website. The organization also offers an online research library.