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Two of the oldest horological organizations join forces


July 2019

Two of the oldest horological organizations join forces

The Horological Society of New York and the British Horological Institute will teach for the first time in their combined 300 years of history joint horology classes in ​London​ on ​August 31 and September 1, 2019​. The global culture of fine mechanics is alive and well!


ith a combined existence of over 300 years, the ​Horological Society of New York (HSNY​, founded in 1866, read our recent portrait here) and the ​British Horological Institute​ (BHI, founded in 1858) are making history with their first partnership to advance the art and science of horology.

The BHI, who recently celebrated its 161st​ anniversary on June 15, is welcoming America’s oldest watchmaking guild across the pond to teach HSNY’s coveted ​Traveling Education​ courses, which cover lessons in ​movement mechanics, gear training, winding and setting​. Classes will be hosted at ​The Clockworks​, a unique s​tudio in Lon​don centered around electric clocks that combines a museum, workshop, library and meeting space under one roof.

HSNY’s first visit to Europe will be presented by Vincent Robert, Director of Traveling Education, who along with a BHI instructor, will guide an intimate group of students in finding out what makes a mechanical movement tick. Each four-hour course will include the disassembly and reassembly of an ETA 6497 movement for the duration of the course, along with explanations of proper usage of watchmaking tools and of modern horological terminology and theories. No prior experience is required for horology enthusiasts to enroll.

HSNY’s Traveling Education courses in London will be offered (in BST) on ​Saturday, August 31 (​9:00am–1:00pm and 2:30pm–6:30pm) ​and ​Sunday, September 1 (9:00am–1:00pm and 2:30pm-6:30pm)​.

Admission is ​$500 USD ​and ​ticket sales are directly reinvested into HSNY’s ongoing educational mission. To purchase tickets, please visit HSNY’s ​Eventbrite page​.

The Clockworks ​is located at ​6 Nettlefold Place, West Norwood, London SE27 0JW, UK​.

Founded in 1866, the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) is one of the oldest continuously operating horological associations in the world. Today, HSNY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of horology through education. Members are a diverse mix of watchmakers, clockmakers, executives, journalists, auctioneers, historians, salespeople and collectors, reflecting the rich nature of horology in New York City.​

Since the 1950s, HSNY has offered classes to the public, taught by professional watchmakers. These award-winning classes further HSNY’s mission by making horological education accessible and enjoyable for the public. HSNY launched its Traveling Education program in 2016, ​where watch aficionados worldwide can discover what makes a timepiece tick. In July 2018, HSNY offered its first International Traveling Education class in Toronto, Canada followed by a sold-out classes in Singapore and Hong Kong.

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