(NEW YORK) The world of horology is one which transcends cultural boundaries. Enthusiasts, collectors and industry professionals alike are united by common interests of the trade which are fueled by horological education.
After a hospitable welcome and wildly successful weekend of Traveling Education in fall 2018, the Horological Society of New York (HSNY), America’s oldest watchmaking guild, announces its return to Asia, docking in Hong Kong on Saturday, June 8 and Sunday, June 9, 2019. HSNY’s first visit to Hong Kong will be hosted by WatchBox, a global destination for luxury pre-owned timepieces, offering an expertly curated inventory of luxury pre-owned watches for sale, personalized client services, educational opportunities and astute editorial content.
An extension of HSNY’s horology courses taught weekly in the heart of Manhattan, the Traveling Education experience offers students an intimate look into the inner workings of a complete mechanical movement. Led by HSNY’s Director of Traveling Education, Vincent Robert, a class of eight students will disassemble and reassemble an ETA 6497 movement and find out what makes a watch tick.
Each four-hour course covers HSNY’s Horology 101 - 103 curriculum, which includes lessons in movement mechanics, gear training, and winding and setting. No prior experience is required as the proper usage of watchmaking tools and insight into the theories and terminology of modern horology are explained.
The grandiose affair was strategically selected to take place in Hong Kong, undoubtedly a cradle for watch culture and avid collectors. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of Hong Kong, however, lies the venue - The Upper House, a calming contemporary hotel offering a relaxing oasis by way of modest luxury. HSNY’s Traveling Education courses will take place in the property’s Sky Lounge, a sophisticated, airy space on the 49th floor with views of green hillsides and eastern Hong Kong.
On the evening of Saturday, June 8, WatchBox and The Upper House will extend the horological experience to Hong Kong’s watch community with a party. Students, collectors and enthusiasts are invited to continue the conversation, discuss their personal collections and enjoy cocktails. An array of luxury watches from WatchBox will be on hand to view and try on with the assistance of WatchBox watch specialists.
HSNY’s Hong Kong Traveling Education courses will be offered on Saturday, June 8 (9:30AM - 1:30PM & 2:30PM - 6:30PM) and Sunday, June 9 (9:30AM - 1:30PM & 2:30PM - 6:30PM). Admission is $500 USD (3,923 HKD) and includes access to watchmaking tools and a mechanical watch movement for the duration of the class. No previous experience is required. Ticket sales are reinvested directly back into HSNY’s ongoing educational mission. To purchase tickets, please visit HSNY’s Eventbrite page.
The Upper House is located at Pacific Place, 88 Queensway, Hong Kong.
About the Horological Society of New York
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; http://hs-ny.org.
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 nation-wide 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 tour in Singapore; http://hs-ny.org/traveling-education/
WatchBox is the world’s leading ecommerce platform for the buying, selling, and trading of pre-owned luxury timepieces; fueled by technology, innovation, and unmatched global experience in the high-end watch market. WatchBox offers an unrivaled selection of pre-owned luxury timepieces for sale and its client services for selling and trading timepieces are streamlined and readily accessible both on and offline, with private showrooms and buying offices in Philadelphia, Hong Kong, South Africa, and Switzerland. Trust, pricing transparency, and authentication are central tenets to WatchBox’s platform, with each watch thoroughly evaluated by the company’s in-house master watchmakers. https://www.thewatchbox.com
About The Upper House
The Upper House is a highly individualised small luxury hotel designed by Hong Kong architect Andre Fu. The hotel’s 117 rooms (including 21 suites and 2 penthouses) start at 730sq ft - the largest in Hong Kong. They feature wonderfully spacious bathrooms and dressing areas, and offer either scenic harbour or island views. Calming and contemporary, the rooms are designed to provide a sense of relaxation, warmth and understated luxury. Café Gray Deluxe, a 21st century ‘grand café’ located on level 49, offers unique style of European classics cuisine from celebrated chef Gray Kunz. https://www.upperhouse.com