In a big move, two of the world’s oldest horological organizations are joining forces to teach horology classes in London later this summer. The Horological Society of New York (HSNY), founded in 1866, and the British Horological Institute (BHI), founded in 1858, are making history with their first partnership to advance the art and science of horology. The event takes place August 31 and September 1, 2019
HSNY will be teaching its coveted Traveling Education courses, with lessons in movement mechanics, gear training, winding and setting. Classes will be hosted at The Clockworks, a London studio centered around electric clocks that combines a museum, workshop, library and meeting space. This is the first dual session. For it, HSNY’s Director of Traveling Education, Vincent Robert, and BHI’s instructors will work together with students in four-hour courses. They will disassemble and reassemble an ETA 6497 movement for the duration of the course, along with explanations of modern horological terminology and theories.
The best part about it is that no experience is required — making it the perfect course for horology enthusiasts. The course admission is $500 and ticket sales are directly reinvested into HSNY’s ongoing educational mission. To purchase tickets, please visit HSNY’s Eventbrite page.
Essentially, the course consists of HSNY’s Horology 101, 102 & 103 curricula, which is described briefly below.
HOROLOGY 101: MOVEMENT MECHANICS
A hands-on, single session class taught by professional watchmakers. Students learn how a mechanical watch movement works and proper usage of watchmaking tools. Finally, students disassemble and reassemble a mechanical watch movement. No previous experience is required.
HOROLOGY 102: GEAR TRAIN
An in-depth look at the gear train, covering terminology, functionality and theory. Students learn the mathematics that determine the beat rate of a watch, as well as the difference in tooth profiles seen in modern horology. Students will work on the gear train of a mechanical watch movement to see how the theories apply to real life mechanics. Horology 101 is the prerequisite for this class.
HOROLOGY 103: WINDING & SETTING WORKS
Covers the functionality and adjustment of these important mechanisms. Students will work on the winding and setting works of a mechanical watch movement to gain a real-world understanding of how they work. Horology 101 is the prerequisite for this class.
All of the courses are interactive with a ratio of 2 instructors/8 students, allowing enthusiasts to ask their burning horological questions.