David E. Walter, F.B.H.I., Independent Horologist & Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, Santa Barbara, California
Doors open at 6PM, lecture begins promptly at 7PM. Free tickets are required to attend.
What does it mean to be independent in the world of horology? There are many answers to this question, from brands that are vertically integrated, to smaller companies with limited production. The strictest definition is one watch or clock maker, working alone to make their own timepieces. At the November 4, 2019, meeting of the Horological Society of New York, David E. Walter will lecture on his experiences working as an independent horologist. Walter certainly meets the strict definition of an independent horologist. A Liveryman of London's Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, Walter lives and works in Santa Barbara, California. From Perth to London, Vienna to Perth, then to California, Walter will provide insights on what it takes to be a truly independent horologist in today's world.
About David E. Walter
David E. Walter was born in Perth, Western Australia. His career in horology has spanned more than half a century and taken him around the world. During the 1970s he began constructing clocks and is today considered one of the most accomplished independent clockmakers of his time. Among Walter’s many technical achievements is a double pendulum table clock made as an homage to Antide Janvier, as well as several wall and floor mounted double pendulum clocks. Walter recently completed an exhibition tourbillon carriage clock reminiscent of Abraham-Louis Breguet. In addition, Walter has begun producing wrist and pocket watches. Walter is a Liveryman of London's Worshipful Company of Clockmakers, and was awarded the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors’ (NAWCC) 2018 Dana J. Blackwell Clock Award, as well as two People's Choice and two first place awards in the 2002 and 2012 NAWCC craft competitions.