In the spring of 1866, George Schmidt and Frederick Ruoff decided to form a guild for the benefit of New York City watchmakers. Monthly lectures were scheduled, a library was formed and the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) was born. Today, HSNY is one of the oldest continuously operating watchmaking associations in the world. Every year since 1866, HSNY has held an annual gala dinner party, and HSNY's 2019 Gala & Charity Auction on Wednesday, April 17, is shaping up to be an incredible event. For the first time, HSNY’s biggest night of the year will be held at the Manhattan Penthouse, an exceptional event venue boasting panoramic views of the New York City skyline.
The Manhattan Penthouse, venue for HSNY's 2019 Gala & Charity Auction
At the Gala, the Henry B. Fried Scholarship recipients will be announced. For 2019, HSNY will award multiple scholarships of $10,000 each, designed to assist students at full-time watchmaking schools in the United States. In addition, the Howard Fass Award will be presented. The Howard Fass award is given to individuals judged to have shown extraordinary dedication to the ideals which HSNY pursues. This award is HSNY’s highest honor, and has only been given once before. The Howard Fass award will be presented to a recipient who has dedicated their life and career to horological education, guiding hundreds of watchmaking students through school and into their professional careers.
Nicholas Manousos (HSNY's President, left) and Steve Eagle (HSNY's Director of Education, right) presenting the 2018 Henry B. Fried Scholarship to Mark Duckett (middle left) and Erik Gonzalez (middle right), students at the Patek Philippe New York Watchmaking School.
The celebration will continue with a charity auction presented by Christie’s. This year’s auction focuses on one-of-a-kind experiences, including a dinner at The Grill (formerly The Four Seasons) with our own editor-in-chief, Jack Forster, and managing editor, Stephen Pulvirent, an all-expense-paid trip to Switzerland donated by Watchonista, and a private watchmaking class at HSNY's classroom, taught by the legendary independent watchmaker François-Paul Journe.
The Charity Auction will feature one-of-a-kind experience lots, including a private watchmaking class at HSNY's classroom, taught by the legendary independent watchmaker, François-Paul Journe.
The Gala will feature a cocktail reception with hors d’oeuvres, a gourmet dinner with premium open bar, and live music, all adorned with a backdrop of the Manhattan night sky. Tickets to the HSNY 2019 Gala & Charity Auction are priced at $200 per person. Table reservations seating 10 guests are priced at $1,500. Manhattan Penthouse is located at 80 Fifth Avenue at 14th Street, one block west of Union Square.
HSNY's 1960 Gala
All proceeds from ticket sales and the charity auction go towards the Horological Society of New York's ongoing educational programs. I hope to see you there!
Charity Auction preview will be held at the HSNY office & classroom from 2pm-4pm, Tuesday, April 16, 2019.
HODINKEE is a sponsor of the Horological Society of New York.