America’s First Watchmaking Guild

George Schmidt, first president

George Schmidt, first president

The Horological Society of New York is a non-profit horological organization in continuous operation since 1866. Monthly meetings feature technical lectures and social events. Members are a diverse mix of watchmakers, executives, journalists, auctioneers, historians, salespeople and collectors, reflecting the rich nature of the watchmaking industry in New York City.

Pursuing the Art and Science of Watchmaking

 


2015 Meetings – Winter & Spring

Benjamin Clymer

Benjamin Clymer

January 5 – The Impact of Digital Publishing on the Watchmaking Industry
Benjamin Clymer – Founder & Executive Editor, HODINKEE
Benjamin Clymer is the Founder & Executive Editor of HODINKEE, one of the most widely read wristwatch publications in the world. HODINKEE is based in New York City. Mr. Clymer spoke on the impact of digital publishing on the watchmaking industry.

 

Swiss Ébauche

Swiss Ébauche

February 2 – History of the Swiss Ebauche
Luke Cox-Bien – Watchmaker, Rolex
Many people talk about the innovations of great horologists throughout history, but the driving factor are everyday watches. From the early 17th century, competing with French and English watch manufactures to dominating the luxury market today, Swiss Ebauche manufactures helped make it happen. Let’s take a look at how this low cost movement helped shape history.

 

Michael Friedman

Michael Friedman

March 2 – Audemars Piguet through the Historical Lens
Michael Friedman – Historian, Audemars Piguet
Audemars Piguet began crafting innovative and complicated watches in 1875 in Le Brassus, Switzerland, within the Vallée de Joux. The Vallée de Joux is one of the pillars of the entire Swiss Watchmaking Industry, with horological roots going back approximately 275 years and knowledge of the metallurgical arts even centuries prior. For the founders of Audemars Piguet, Jules Louis Audemars and Edward Auguste Piguet, as well as other vital Le Brassus watchmakers like Louis-Elysee Piguet, there was a distinct sense of pride and responsibility as inheritors of the great Vallée de Joux watchmaking traditions that preceded them. This sense of lineage and heritage was essential – in other parts of the world, traditional watchmaking was losing out to increased industrialization and mechanization. For Audemars Piguet, it has always been and will continue to be a carefully considered and strategic balance between the preservation of traditional methods and the tactful adoption of emerging technologies. This evenings lecture at the HSNY will focus on the evolution of the industry within this unique mountainous & scenic region, with a detailed focus on Audemars Piguet.

April 6 – Daniel Mooncai – Watchmaker, Patek Philippe
May 4 – Michael Fossner – Consignment Director of Timepieces, Heritage Auctions
June 1 – Dale Sutton – President, Time Machine Repair