Photo Report: The Horological Society Of New York’s 2017 Annual Gala And Charity Auction

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On April 3, the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) celebrated its 151st anniversary with a gala dinner and charity auction in Midtown Manhattan. Members and guests from across the country gathered to celebrate New York’s horological tradition, see the presentation of the Henry B. Fried Scholarship, and bid on a collection of vintage timepieces.

The Henry B. Fried Scholarship was established to assist American watchmaking students in their studies at full-time watchmaking schools and was awarded for the first time at the 2017 Gala. HSNY’s Director of Education, Steve Eagle, spoke on the merits of horological education and reflected on his time at watchmaking school. Eagle then introduced the 2017 Henry B. Fried Scholarship awardee, Justin Shellenberger. Shellenberger is a first year student at the Lititz Watch Technicum in Pennsylvania. In his scholarship application, Shellenberger referenced the impact that the writing of Fried and Daniels made on his watchmaking ambitions.

2017 Henry B. Fried Scholarship

Steve Eagle (HSNY’s Director of Education, right) presenting the 2017 Henry B. Fried Scholarship to Justin Shellenberger

Karen Ripley (HSNY Trustee) and Ed Hydeman (HSNY Past President)

Karen Ripley (HSNY Trustee) and Ed Hydeman (HSNY Past President)

A collection of vintage timepieces bequeathed to HSNY over 40 years ago was auctioned at the 2017 Gala, with proceeds going towards HSNY’s newly established endowment fund. Bidding was enthusiastic, with over $30,000 raised from the five lots. The charity auction was made possible by HSNY sponsor Heritage Auctions, and called by Nicholas Dawes of PBS Antiques Roadshow fame.

HSNY's 2017 Charity Auction

HSNY’s 2017 Charity Auction lots

Nicholas Dawes calling HSNY's 2017 Charity Auction

Nicholas Dawes calling HSNY’s 2017 Charity Auction

The crowd was a diverse mix of watchmakers, clockmakers, collectors, journalists, auctioneers, and executives (with more than a few HODINKEE team members in the mix), reflecting the friendship and generosity of the NYC & US watch industry. Plans for HSNY’s 2018 Gala are already underway, and we are looking forward to seeing you there!

Michael Fossner, HSNY Vice President

Michael Fossner, HSNY Vice President



Pierre Halimi Lacharlotte and Alkis Kotsopoulos

James Lamdin (left) and Frank Roda at HSNY's 2017 Gala

John Reardon and Jeffrey Binstock

Nicholas Manousos, HSNY President

Nicholas Manousos, HSNY President

Jordan Ficklin, Justin Shellenberger and Nathan Bobinchak

HODINKEE is a sponsor of the Horological Society of New York.

(Photos: Monica Schipper)


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