Horological Society of New York Plans Classes in Miami

America’s oldest watchmaking guild—founded in 1866!—the Horological Society of New York, is snowbirding this winter.

The nonprofit organization is bringing its core classes to Miami on Jan. 11, 2020. The Miami series will be hosted by HSNY sponsor F.P. Journe at its gorgeous new shop inside Miami’s Epic Hotel.

Each four-hour course will offer hands-on experience with the disassembly and reassembly of a complete mechanical watch movement (ETA 6497) in conjunction with lessons in HSNY’s Horology 101 through 103 courses of movement mechanics, gear training, and winding and setting, respectively. Watchmaking tools and ergonomic benches will be provided for each student.

Ed Hydeman, executive director of the Horological Society of New York, tells JCK that the organization “has been offering horology courses since the 1950s, and our recent expansion of traveling education has allowed us to circle the globe!” With the traveling classes, he adds, “we bring the watchmaker’s experience to students…who yearn to learn what makes a mechanical movement tick. And we’re pleased to be returning to Miami.”

HSNY’s watchmakers have developed a proprietary curriculum that allows any level of enthusiast to participate—even those with zero experience. All proceeds from the classes will be reinvested into HSNY’s educational programming, says the organization.

HSNY is 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.

Click here to register for HSNY Miami classes, which include Horology 101, 102, and 103 and a special free Rolex class—Omega Speedmaster: The Evolution of Caliber 321, by Bernhard Stoeber. Single-class prices hover around $200. The nonprofit will head to Melbourne, Australia, to host classes starting Feb. 29—registration is also available on the Eventbrite page.

Top: F.P. Journe Tourbillon Souverain (photo courtesy of F.P. Journe)

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