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2018 Gala & Charity Auction

  • HSNY at the General Society Library 20 West 44th Street New York, NY, 10036 United States (map)

The Horological Society of New York invites you to celebrate its 152nd year at the 2018 Gala and Charity Auction on Wednesday April 18, 2018. The annual Gala and Charity Auction is an opportunity to look back at our accomplishments, recognize talented watchmaking students, and bid on incredible watches and ephemera. Join us as we celebrate New York's horological tradition!



Charity Auction, Hosted by John Reardon, Christie's

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: $500-$1,000.

Lot 2: Bulova: A History of Firsts, by Aaron Sigmond. Published by Assouline. 176 pages, over 100 illustrations, hardcover in a luxury slipcase. Donated by Bulova. Estimate: $200-$500.


Lot 3: Steel Rolex, by Giorgia and Guido Mondani. Limited edition of 599, brand new in box, 31 x 41cm, donated by Winthrop Robinson. Estimate: $1,500-$2,000.

Lot 4: An Evening of Patek Philippe with Kelly Yoch, Senior Patek Philippe Consultant for North America at Tiffany & Co. Join Kelly Yoch for an exclusive private tour of the Patek Philippe Salon at Tiffany & Co. followed by a dinner at a Midtown restaurant. You and three friends will be able to ask Kelly everything you ever wanted to know about the world of Tiffany & Co. and Patek Philippe. Date and Time TBD (4 people). Estimate $500-$1000.

Lot 5: An evening of vintage watches with Christie's New York. You and your guests will have a private viewing of Christie's June NYC auction and private sale watches in advance of public opening the next day. After the viewing, you and up to three friends will be treated to a dinner with John Reardon and Rebecca Ross at an exclusive Midtown restaurant. June 7, 6:30-7:30 viewing, Dinner 7:45 (4 people). Estimate $500-$1,000.

Lot 6: Chronos and Quantième Perpétuel, artwork by Xavier Magaldi. Swiss made in 2013, two color silkscreen on 300 gram paper, 35 x 35 cm. Signed and donated by the artist. Estimate: $500 - $1,000.

Lot 7: The Watchmaker’s Apprentice DVD, signed and donated by Roger W. Smith. Estimate: $100-$300.

Lot 8: George Daniels’ personal copy of The Practical Watch Escapement, with his correction notes, signed and donated by Roger W. Smith. Estimate: $1,000-$2,000.

Lot 9: Set of 2 watches: Limited Edition Bulova x Analog/Shift Devil Diver with canvas strap and bracelet & vintage Bulova Devil Diver, donated by Analog/Shift. The modern watch is brand new, never worn and completely sold-out. 1 year warranty included for both watches. Estimate: $4,000-$6,000.

Lot 10: Zenith El Primero Original Limited Edition For HODINKEE, donated by HODINKEE. Highly coveted, completely sold-out. Estimate: $8,000-$10,000.

HSNY's 2018 Charity Auction, hosted by Christie's, will take place at the Gala. A selection of extraordinary timepieces 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. 

Preview to take place Tuesday, April 17, 2018, 3-6pm, at the Horological Society of New York office and classroom at 20 West 44th St., Room 506, New York, NY.

Presentation of the Henry B. Fried Scholarship

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

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 2018 Henry B. Fried Scholarship will be announced at the 2018 Gala.



Food, Drink & Music

Enjoy a large selection of food and drink, with an open bar from 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Live music throughout the evening. The suggested attire is business formal.

Chef Robby J Bither, Carving Board Catering

Chef Robby J Bither, Carving Board Catering

  • Mini Tacos - Mole poblano chicken & rainbow Swiss chard
  • Fondue - French Savoyarde & chocolate raspberry
  • Swedish Meatballs with lingonberry and gravy drizzle
  • Mini Bratwurst with German mustard
  • Sliders - Pulled pork in fig BBQ, southern style crispy chicken with remoulade & chipotle mushroom with muenster cheese
  • Indian dosa with potatoes
  • Pad Thai - Chicken & vegetarian
  • Drinks - Beer, red & white wine, sodas
  • Cocktails - Sake lychee martini, red sangria & Pimm's punch

We look forward to seeing you there!

All proceeds from this event go towards the Horological Society of New York's ongoing educational programs. The Horological Society of New York is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, federal tax identification number 13-6139887.

HSNY thanks our sponsors for their generous support.