Join Us as We Celebrate 153 Years of New York’s Horological Tradition!

Wednesday, April 17, 2019, 6-9pm

Charity Auction, Presented by Christie’s

HSNY's 2019 Charity Auction, presented by Christie's, will take place at the Gala. A selection of extraordinary timepieces, exceptional experiences and horological miscellanea will be up for sale, with all proceeds benefitting HSNY's ongoing educational programs. There will be no buyer's premiums, and all bidding will take place live in the room. Absentee bids will be accepted via email until 24 hours prior to the Gala & Charity Auction start time. Preview will be held at the HSNY office & classroom from 2pm-4pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2019.

Lot 1 - Horological Society of New York Vintage Lapel Pin, Circa 1930  Only a handful of these original pins still exist. Gold-filled, brand new, never worn.  Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Lot 1 - Horological Society of New York Vintage Lapel Pin, Circa 1930
Only a handful of these original pins still exist. Gold-filled, brand new, never worn.
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Lot 2 - Framed Escapement Print by David Penney
Earnshaw spring-detent escapement, first type, circa 1790. By the world-famous horological illustrator, David Penney.
Estimate: $200 - $500

Lot 3 - G.S. Universe, A Signed Metal Print Watch Portrait by Atom Moore
Atom Moore has been creating his watch-based photo art, which he calls mash-ups, since 2015. For his current exhibition in SoHo, Atom has created his first Watch Portrait using a movement. The newly released Grand Seiko Spring Drive 9R31 manual wind was used as inspiration to make what Atom has titled G.S. Universe. Atom’s process starts with original photography of watches that he then digitally manipulates to create unique art based on the most iconic details from the watches. This image is printed on 16 inch square aluminum with an acrylic display base and is signed by the artist. Dye Sublimation printing on Aluminum. 16” x 16” Metal print.
Estimate: $300 - $500

Lot 4 - Bulova Accutron, 1967 (M7)
14K Gold Filled Bulova Accutron with 218 tuning fork movement. This example features a silvered dial with Roman Numerals. This watch is keeping good time, functions properly, and comes with a recently replaced battery. Donated by a member of the Horological Society New York.
Estimate: $200 - $300

Lot 5 - Bulova Accutron Watch, Circa 2010
Beautiful chronograph in great condition. Donated by Ed Hydeman, HSNY’s Executive Director.
Estimate: $500 - $1,000

Lot 6 - A Session With an A. Lange & Söhne Master Watchmaker in New York
An afternoon of horological discussion, as well as an up close look at A. Lange & Söhne timepieces and how their movements are put together. A one of a kind experience for an horological enthusiast for a better understanding of German watchmaking. Date TBD with the lucky winner. Donated by A. Lange & Söhne.
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Lot 7 - Dinner With HODINKEE Editor-in-Chief Jack Forster And Managing Editor Stephen Pulvirent
If you want to spend an evening nerding out about all thing horological in an old-school New York City establishment, this is a can’t miss opportunity. The winning bidder and a guest will join the two longtime HODINKEE editors for drinks and dinner at The Grill (formerly The Four Seasons) in midtown Manhattan. Dates, TBD with the lucky winner. Donated by HODINKEE.
Estimate: $1,000 - $2,000

Lot 8 - A Behind-The-Scenes Day at Audemars Piguet, Le Brassus, Switzerland
The Audemars Piguet Heritage Department will be your host as you explore the history, craftsmanship and technique of Audemars Piguet at their new Musée Atelier, Restoration Workshop and Archives in Le Brassus, Switzerland. In addition, you will receive a very special copy of the incredible new book, Audemars Piguet 20th Century Complicated Wristwatches #500/1875, signed by Jasmine Audemars & Olivier Audemars. This package also includes two (2) nights in a 5 star hotel (to be confirmed closer to travel date), local car service and lunch with the authors of the book: Sebastian Vivas, Heritage Director and Michael Friedman, Head of Complications. To be scheduled for 2020. Donated by Audemars Piguet.
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Lot 9 - LeCoultre 8 Day Desk Clock
Vintage LeCoultre 8 Day World Time Travel Desk Alarm Clock, made in Switzerland. This beautiful LeCoultre clock is in very good condition, the bronze case has aged to an elegant even and lightly darker color. The dial and crystal are in very good condition as well, only the hands show some age appropriate light discoloration. The silver dial with applied golden hour markers reads: LeCoultre, Swiss and “8”, for 8 days going movement. On the outer ring of the dial it has a world time indicator with the names of different locations in the different time zones. The time zones can be adjusted by turning the bezel ring. The bottom is stamped: LeCoultre, Swiss and the number 64. The clock measures 2 1/4" high and 2" wide. This is a fabulous vintage alarm clock, hard to find in this well preserved condition. Easily readable, it could also serve as a desk clock and will be a wonderful addition to the collection of any watch and clock collector. This clock was recently serviced by Central Watch. Donated by a member of the Horological Society New York.
Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000

Lot 10 - Chopin à Paris Butterfly Automata Mantel Clock, Circa 1805
Fire-gilded bronze, Amor holds a bow in his right hand, his hair is tied with a cord with snake ends. With his left hand he feeds a dove. The classical base is decorated with an applique of a winged nude Genie (Genius) holding a torch (an ancient symbol of peaceful strength) sitting on a flower hammock terminated on both sides with butterflies, a symbol of human soul in antiquity. The human soul symbol is represented again by an animated butterfly moving to and fro in front of the dial at each tick of the clock.

The top of the clock and the base are sprinkled with sea shells which, during the Antiquity, were a symbol of beauty associated with Venus. In the Renaissance they became a symbol of pilgrims, suggesting a possibility that the clock might have been destined for the American market like similar clocks with statues of Washington. Two-train, 8-day Paris movement, anchor escapement, silk suspension, striking hours and half-hours. It is unknown if there is a correlation between the name on the dial and the famous pianist. 8” wide by 9” tall, movement is in good condition, running well. Donated by Philip Poniz.
Estimate: $2,000 - $4,000

Lot 11 - My Time, Platinum Edition. Published by Christie’s
This 688-page large format reference book has been produced with the great care that is an appropriate tribute to its exceptional photographical content; it will reveal to the public a watch collection never seen before. This book reveals examples of celebrated vintage Audemars Piguet, Vacheron & Constantin, Cartier, Patek Philippe and Rolex wristwatches, many of the unique pieces unknown to the collection community. Donated by Christie’s.
Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

Lot 12 - Horological Trip To Switzerland with Watchonista
For one lucky bidder, Watchonista will provide travel and accommodations to Switzerland. Three days and two nights all-expenses-paid trip. Including multiple manufacture tours, winery tour, and a very special dinner with Team Watchonista. Dates, TBD with lucky winner. Donated by Watchonista.
Estimate: $5,000 - $6,000

Lot 13 - A Private Watchmaking Class with François-Paul Journe
Horological education is the mission of HSNY, and this mission is shared by F.P. Journe (the brand) and François-Paul Journe himself. With this in mind, François-Paul Journe will travel from Geneva to New York to teach a private watchmaking class at the HSNY classroom in Midtown Manhattan. The lucky winner and five of their friends will receive hands-on instruction and advice in a private class from legendary watchmaker François-Paul Journe himself. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity! The class will be taught in both French and English, with translation provided by HSNY. Date and time TBD with the lucky winner. Donated by F.P. Journe.
Estimate: $6,000 - $9,000

Henry B. Fried Scholarship

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

For 2019, HSNY will award multiple watchmaking students with the $10,000 Henry B. Fried Scholarship. 

Most watchmaking schools in the USA are free. Tuition is covered by a sponsoring brand, and usually the only school expense that the students cover are their tools. These schools are full-time two year programs, meaning paying for living expenses can be difficult. This is where the Henry B. Fried Scholarship comes in; the Horological Society of New York wants to help American watchmaking students succeed in every way. The winners of the 2019 Henry B. Fried Scholarship will be announced at the 2019 Gala & Charity Auction.

Nicholas Manousos (HSNY's President, left) and Steve Eagle (HSNY's Director of Education, right) presenting the 2018 Henry B. Fried Scholarship to Mark Duckett (middle left) and Erik Gonzalez (middle right), students at the Patek Philippe New York Watchmaking School .

Charles Salomon (right), HSNY Treasurer & Fellow, presenting the Howard Fass Award to Hans Weber (left), HSNY Trustee & Fellow (1932 -2018), at HSNY’s 150th Anniversary Gala, 2016.

Charles Salomon (right), HSNY Treasurer & Fellow, presenting the Howard Fass Award to Hans Weber (left), HSNY Trustee & Fellow (1932 -2018), at HSNY’s 150th Anniversary Gala, 2016.

The Howard Fass award is given to individuals judged to have shown extraordinary dedication to the ideals which the Society pursues. This award is HSNY’s highest honor, and has only been given once before (shown above). At the 2019 Gala & Charity Auction, the Howard Fass award will be presented to a recipient who has dedicated their life and career to horological education, guiding hundreds of watchmaking students through school and into their professional careers.

Howard Fass Award

Food, DrinK & Music

Cocktail hour from 6-7pm, with premium open bar, passed hors d'oeuvres and live music. Seated dinner beginning at 7pm. The suggested attire is business formal.

Venue & Program

HSNY’s 2019 Gala & Charity Auction will be held at the Manhattan Penthouse, an incredible venue with panoramic views of the New York City skyline.

Manhattan Penthouse
80 Fifth Avenue, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10011



Doors open at 6pm, program begins at 7pm.

  • Remarks by Ed Hydeman (Executive Director, Horological Society of New York)

  • Remarks by Nicholas Manousos (President, Horological Society of New York)

  • Remarks by Aaron Recksiek (President, American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute)

  • Presentation of the Howard Fass Award by John Teifert (Vice President, Horological Society of New York)

  • Presentation of the Henry B. Fried Scholarships by Steve Eagle (Director of Education, Horological Society of New York)

  • Charity Auction, presented by Christie’s