Horological Education

Past president Henry Fried instructing students on escapement mechanics. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library—Brooklyn Collection.

Past president Henry Fried instructing students on escapement mechanics. Photo courtesy of the Brooklyn Public Library—Brooklyn Collection.

In the 1950s, The Horological Society of New York organized and taught watchmaking classes at New York City public schools. Today HSNY is continuing this tradition by offering a series of horological education classes to the public, taught by professional watchmakers.

Gift classes are available!

HSNY members receive priority access to horological education classes.

 

 

 

CLASSES

 

TRAVELING EDUCATION

The Horological Society of New York's award-winning classes are on the road! Discover what makes your watch tick, with a hands-on course taught by the Horological Society of New York's staff of professional watchmakers. Students will work on a mechanical watch movement, studying the gear train, winding and setting mechanisms and escapement. This four hour course covers everything our four individual courses cover during our NYC classes. Sign up for our newsletter to be notified of where our traveling education classes will be next!

  • September, 2016: Miami, Florida
  • October, 2016: San Francisco, California
  • November 2016: Los Angeles, California

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HSNY's Horological Education classes were featured in New York Magazine's Best of New York 2016

HSNY's Horological Education classes were featured in New York Magazine's Best of New York 2016

Horology 101: Movement mechanics (NYC)

A hands-on, single session class taught by professional watchmakers. Students learn how a mechanical watch movement works and proper usage of watchmaking tools. Finally, students disassemble and reassemble a mechanical watch movement. No previous experience is required.

HOROLOGY 102: GEAR TRAIN (NYC)

An in-depth look at the gear train, covering terminology, functionality and theory. Students learn the mathematics that determine the beat rate of a watch, as well as the difference in tooth profiles seen in modern horology. Students will work on the gear train of a mechanical watch movement to see how the theories apply to real life mechanics. Horology 101 is the prerequisite for this class.

Horology 103: WINDING & SETTING WORKS (NYC)

Covers the functionality and adjustment of these important mechanisms. Students will work on the winding and setting works of a mechanical watch movement to gain a real-world understanding of how they work. Horology 101 is the prerequisite for this class.

Horology 104: ESCAPEMENT (NYC)

Spends time examining what makes a mechanical watch movement tick. Through the use of oversized instructional models and escapements in a mechanical watch movement, students learn the specifics of how the lever escapement functions. Horology 101 is the prerequisite for this class.

HSNY's Horological Education classes are free for all high school students, please contact HSNY for more information. If you cannot afford the class fees, please contact HSNY for scholarship opportunities. By participating in HSNY's Horological Education classes, you agree to release HSNY from any and all liabilities that may arise, and agree that you may be photographed and / or video recorded.