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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.

 

 

Jean-Christophe Sabatier, Chief Product Officer at Ulysse Nardin will speak about The Freak, one of the Le Locle-based watchmaker’s best known timepieces, at the upcoming Horological Society of New York (HSNY) lecture on Monday, November 7.

Jean-Christophe Sabatier, Chief Product Officer at Ulysse Nardin.

Sabatier’s lecture is the latest of the HSNY’s monthly lecture series. It will take place at 7 pm at the General Society Library on 20 West 44th Street in New York.

Sabatier is responsible for the brand’s product range from design of new collections to market distribution. He will discuss how the Freak has been a significant contributor in establishing Ulysse Nardin as an independent integrated manufacture. Sabatier will also discuss its history, cutting-edge components and more. He will be joined by special guest Kris Endress, Ulysse Nardin’s Head Watchmaker. 

Doors to the lecture open at 6:00 pm, and the lecture begins promptly at 7:00 pm.
Free tickets
are required to attend. Click here for additional details. 

The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) and Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo will host an online watch auction July 6 to July 13, with proceeds to assist HSNY as it advances the art and science of horology. Funds raised from the auction will underwrite offering financial aid to watchmaking institutions and scholarships to full-time watchmaking students.

Timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction will include interesting and often rare watches from Swiss, German, Japanese and American brands, including a Tiffany-stamped watch, one prototype model and many others. Bidding is encouraged with a ‘No Reserve’ policy in force.

Here are the Lot items from Timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction.

Lot 1 Unimatic x Massena LAB, U1-MLBN “Family and Friends”, DLC-plated stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by Massena LAB.

Lot 2 Nomos Glashütte, Ludwig Neomatik 39, stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by Nomos Glashütte.

Lot 3 Equation of Time x Atom Moore ‘Fat Arrow’ Prototype, stainless steel, circa 2022. Brand New, with limited edition metal print. Atom Moore and Roland Murphy/EOT Watches.

 

Lot 4 Grand Seiko, Reference SBGW277 U.S. Exclusive, stainless steel, circa 2021. Brand New. Donated by Grand Seiko.

Lot 5 Ulysse Nardin, open-face chronograph pocket watch with certificate and presentation box, gunmetal blue steel, circa 1912. Donated by Ulysse Nardin.

Lot 6 Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso, stainless steel, circa 2022. Brand New. Donated by Jaeger-LeCoultre.

Lot 7 Paket Philippe, Reference 715, open-face pocket watch retailed by Tiffany & Co., 18K yellow gold, circa 1967. Donated by Collectability.

Lot 8 TAG Heuer, Hodinkee TAG Heuer Carrera ‘Dato’ Limited Edition, stainless steel, circa 2020. Brand New. Donated by Hodinkee. .

Lot 9 Zenith, Collective x Zenith Chronomaster El Primero C.01, stainless steel, circa 2019. Pre Owned. Donated by Collective Horology.

“The watches donated for HSNY’s 2022 auction are amusing, exciting, historical and most of all – meaningful,” said HSNY Executive Director Nicholas Manousos. “The proceeds from the generosity of the donors and bidders will go a long way towards ensuring the success of watchmaking students, and I encourage everyone to bid with that in mind.”

“We are honored and delighted to once again support HSNY’s efforts that continue to advance watchmaking science and culture in the United States,” adds Paul Boutros, Phillips’ 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.”

Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo (at 432 Park Avenue in New York) will be hosting viewings of Timepieces for HSNY: 2022 Charity Auction by appointment only from July 6-13. To schedule an appointment contact watchesny@phillips.com.

 

The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) this week launches the Grace Fryer Scholarship for Female Watchmaking Students, adding it to financial aid options for those who study watchmaking at a full-time watchmaking school in the United States.

HSNY derived the name of the new scholarship from Grace Fryer (1899 – 1933), a dial painter in New Jersey who was poisoned by radium during her work in dial-making companies in the 1920s.

Grace Fryer

The women at these companies, which were located in Connecticut, Illinois and New Jersey, were instructed to point the radium-lined brushes using their lips. The Radium Girls, as the women would later be called, suffered horrific side effects from radium poisoning and many lost their lives.

Fryer spent years fighting for the Radium Girls and their case would go on to gain national media attention and establish legal precedents, having tremendous labor rights impacts and ushering scientific advances.

“I believe Aunt Grace would view this scholarship, which the Horological Society of New York has graciously named after her, as a symbol of progress for women,” says Art Fryer, Grace Fryer’s nephew. “I feel Grace would be honored to be associated with HSNY in helping to welcome women into the horological craft.”

The Grace Fryer Scholarship joins HSNY’s additional financial aid opportunities in watchmaking, which include:

  •  The Henry B. Fried Scholarship for Watchmaking Students
  •  The Benjamin Banneker Scholarship for Black Watchmaking Students
  •  The Oscar Waldan Scholarship for Jewish Watchmaking Students
  •  The Howard Robbins Award for Watchmaking Schools

Students can apply now until March 1.

Any female student who has been accepted or is currently studying at a full-time watchmaking school in the U.S. is eligible to apply to the Grace Fryer Scholarship. Prospective students may also apply, with the understanding that the scholarship is contingent on their enrollment at a full-time watchmaking school. Financial aid is awarded every April with awards up to $5,000 in 2022.

 

 

Horology in Art, the second exhibition of the Horological Society of New York (HSNY), opens at HSNY’s library at 20 West 44 Street in Manhattan starting Tuesday, November 23.

On loan from HSNY Exhibit Curator Bob Frishman, the sixty artworks depict how clocks and watches have been displayed and referenced in artwork around the world.

Edgar Allan Poe at work.

Among the original artworks are a circa-1830 folk-art portrait of a mother and child holding a pocket watch; the preparatory watercolor by Anatol Kovarsky for a 1961 New Yorker cover showing a watchmaker in his shop; and a portrait miniature on ivory, circa 1840, in which a young woman’s watch and chain are visible.

Ad poster by Hugo Laubi for Turler Watches and Jewelry, Zurich, circa 1960. .

Salvador Dali, Jan Steen, Andrew Wyeth, Winslow Homer, and Giovanni Piranesi are Among the artists represented in the exhibit. Vintage photographs include two rare mid-19th century daguerreotypes, cabinet cards, cartes de visites, glass lantern slides, and several examples of Mathew Brady Civil-War-era portraits.

“Curating these artworks for my personal collection, and now for the public to view, has been a two-decades-long passion project for me,” says Frishman, who has been a clock restorer and writer-lecturer on horology for more than 30 years. See Frishman’s first Horology in Art exhibit here.

Clockmaker, an original cover of ‘The New Yorker’, March 11, 1961, by Anatol Kovarsky.

“Thanks to today’s technology, I am happy to share my archives of over 2,000 examples of timepieces displayed in artworks through a continuous slideshow exhibition. The different depictions of watches and clocks in art help us earn about how time was perceived in the past while helping to advance the art of horology today.”

Visits are free of charge and timed tickets are required to visit the Horology in Art exhibition, currently on display starting November 23 until April 2022. To visit, please schedule an appointment here. HSNY is located at 20 West 44th Street.

The cover of the HSNY exhibit catalogue.