Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Stephen Forsey of Greubel Forsey specialized in antique clock restoration before he became head of Watch Restoration at Asprey’s in London. In 1992 he joined Robert Greubel’s team.

Stephen Forsey and Robert Greubel are, first and foremost, inventors. Their timepieces are sophisticated, meticulously decorated manifestations of the fundamental technical inventions emitting from Greubel Forsey’s creative cauldron. The central element of their approach is a unique platform for research and development called EWT - Experimental Watch Technology. EWT is equipped with all of the facilities necessary to develop and implement ideas, to analyze, test and experiment, and to fabricate components and mechanisms. EWT has already resulted in six fundamental inventions. Greubel Forsey’s continuous creative process ensures that there are many more projects in the EWT pipeline.


Book Signing & Speaker


Archie Perkins, a legend in watchmaking, will be signing his newest AWCI-published book: Antique Watch Restoration, VLM I.  He will also speak at the AWCI ELM Trust Dinner.

Mr. Perkins served on the AWCI Board of Directors from 1985 to 1988. He has achieved the distinguished titles of Certified Master Watchmaker and Fellow of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute, Fellow of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, and Fellow of the British Horological Institute.







Sessions

Skills Transfer Sessions

We have six fascinating educational presenters this year. Watchmakers who attend all three watch-related courses will earn a ½ Continuing Education Credit (CEU). 


CLOCK PROGRAMS:

Chelsea Clock, The Next 100 years

Bob Ockenden, CMC, Director of Repair & Restoration, Chelsea Clock

Chelsea Clock is the last clock manufacturing facility in the U.S. The company’s efforts to ensure a future for the product will be described. Additionally, Mr. Ockenden will outline ongoing efforts to identify and overcome the difficulties in combining the 18th-century skill set of traditional clockmaking with a modern, post-industrial society.

French Striking Clocks

Roland Iverson, CMC, Clockmaker, Elgin Clock Repair

Using a 19th-century “Paris” movement as an example, the design characteristics and mechanical restoration techniques applicable to French and Austrian clocks of this period will be discussed.


WATCH PROGRAMS:

Quartz Electrical Tests: How They Can Help your Bottom Line

Jordan Ficklin, CW21, Watchmaker at Beauchamp Jewelers & Author

The major brands want you to have Quartz Testing Equipment, so come learn how to use this equipment. With a basic knowledge of how quartz watches work, and with the right test equipment, you can diagnose a wide range of problems without disassembling the watch (and sometimes without even opening the case). Learn how this equipment can help avoid comebacks, help diagnose faults, and help you earn more highly profitable business from your customers. If you replace power cells, this presentation is for you.

Water Resistance Testing - For Protection And Profit

Wesley Grau, CMW21, AWCI Board of Directors

With the increase in water-resistant watches on the market at all price levels, it is essential to properly test these for our clients. To service these watches properly, we need the right equipment, the knowledge of what equipment to use, plus the know-how to use the equipment. A proper testing program should be implement- ed and understood by the complete service department staff, not only to protect the business and recover costs, but also to insure profitability and allow for future equipment needs.

Measure Twice, Cut Once

Verification Techniques, Troubleshooting and Corrections

Thomas Schomaker, CMW21, AWCI Watchmaking Instructor & Certification Coordinator

This program will help take the guesswork out of the troubleshooting process. You will learn techniques to help you verify proper functionality of components before you begin to make any unnecessary adjustments. These techniques can save you both time and money by accurately identifying whether a problem truly exists. Also learn to use your recently-purchased equipment to its full potential.


HOROLOGY BUSINESS SESSION:

Marketing your Horology Business (For Watchmakers and Clockmakers)

Mark Purdy, CMC, Owner of Blackstone Manor Clock Repair

This program will be an overview of a Marketing Plan that can be used by a Clock or Watch repair business owner who has no marketing background. Mark will describe the range of techniques that have worked for Blackstone Manor Clock Repair. The session will include why location, local advertising and community involvement are important. He will cover how to take advantage of marketing opportunities available through AWCI and why he believes AWCI lends credibility to you as a professional.


Courses Schedule:

Friday, August 3rd:

Watchmaker Education (all 3 classes needed for CEU credit)

9:00 am – 10:05 am: Water Resistance Testing For Protection And Profit (Wesley Grau, CMW21)

10:10 am – 11:15 am: Measure Twice, Cut Once (Thomas Schomaker, CMW21)

11:20 am – 12:30 pm Quartz Electrical Tests: How They Can Help Your Bottom Line (Jordan Ficklin, CW21)


Clockmaker Education

9:00 am - 10:05 am: Chelsea Clock, The Next 100 Years (Bob Ockenden, CMC)

10:10 am - 11:15 am: French Striking Clocks (Roland Iverson, CMC)


Horology Business Session (For Watch and Clockmakers)

11:20am - 12:30pm Marketing Your Horology Business (Mark Purdy, CMC)


Saturday, August 4th:

Clockmaker Education

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Chelsea Clock, The Next 100 Years (Bob Ockenden, CMC)

2:30 pm - 3:45 pm: French Striking Clocks (Roland Iverson, CMC)


Horology Business Session (For Watch and Clockmakers)

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm: Marketing Your Horology Business (Mark Purdy, CMC)


Watchmaker Education (all 3 classes needed for CEU credit)

1:30 pm - 2:45 pm: Quartz Electrical Tests: How They Can Help Your Bottom Line (Jordan Ficklin, CW21)

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm: Measure Twice, Cut Once (Thomas Schomaker, CMW21)

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm: Water Resistance Testing For Protection And Profit (Wesley Grau, CMW21)

 
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