12.–15. SEP 2019

GERMANISCHES NATIONALMUSEUM NÜRNBERG

For the 2019 Ward Francillon Time Symposium, the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors is joining its German counterpart, the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie, in organizing a groundbreaking international conference on the history of German horology. Many of the crucial developments in clock and watchmaking occurred in Germany. Never before have these timekeepers and innovations been examined and described so comprehensively.

PROGRAM

TH, 12. SEP 2019
Opening Event and James Arthur Lecture
Ceremonial Reception in the Evening
FR, 13. SEP 2019
Technical Lectures with High-Class Speakers
Horological Information Fair
SA, 14. SEP 2019
Technical Lectures with High-Class Speakers
Evening Banquet in the Karthäuserkirche (GNM)
SU, 15. SEP 2019
General Meeting of the DGC
Individual Sightseeing in Nürnberg

GERMANISCHES NATIONALMUSEUM NÜRNBERG

Our host, the world-renowned Germanisches Nationalmuseum, is extensive both in size and diversity. Its buildings contain many fine examples of clocks, watches, and scientific instruments. Its auditorium and meeting rooms provide a state-of-the-art conference facility located within the ancient walled city center. Nürnberg, one of Germany’s oldest and most prominent cities, and for 500 years the capital of the German empire, offers a historic backdrop, many tourist attractions, and a range of comfortable lodgings.

Germanisches Nationalmuseum (GNM)
Kartäusergasse 1, 90402 Nürnberg

LECTURES

Over a dozen of Germany’s most esteemed horological scholars will discuss relevant topics like the following:

EARLY MECHANICAL CLOCKS
: Monumental Astronomical Clocks in Europe
: The ‚Burgundy Clock‘ as a piece of Art
: The Peter Henlein Story
CLOCKS OF THE RENAISSANCE AND BAROQUE
: Clocks from Nürnberg and Augsburg
: Priest-Mechanics and their Astronomical Geographic Clocks
: The First Use of Clocks for Astronomical Observations
MASS PRODUCTION OF CLOCKS
: The Origins of Clockmaking in the Black Forest
: Luxury Watches from Glashütte
: Good value watches from Ruhla
PRECISION HOROLOGY
: The Role of Germany in the Quartz Revolution
: Riefler: World Champion of Precision Pendulum Clocks
: What is the right time – Contributions of the PTB

SPECIAL HIGHLIGHTS

The “Duke of Burgundyclock”from around 1430, on prominent display in the museum, is the oldest surviving springdriven clock in the world. In the form of a Gothic cathedral, it was made for Philip the Good and features the Burgundian lion coats-of-arms on two surmounting spires, and the symbol of the Order of the Golden Fleece founded by Duke Philip.

The Henlein watch of 1510, claimed for most of the 20th century to be the world’s oldest surviving pocket watch. 

HOROLOGICAL INFORMATION FAIR

FRIDAY, 2019-09-13

Auction houses, horological dealers, and watch and clock brands are invited to reserve tables at this exclusive event, to meet important international collectors, experts, and scholars who are attending this historic conference. Display banners, promotional literature, and items for future sale are permissible; all exhibitors

will receive an advertisement in the printed color brochure. To show support for horological schools and groups, we offer tables and program listings at no charge to all non-profit horological organizations. Table space is limited, and symposium registration is required to participate.

THE EVENT IS SUPPORTED BY

FOR ENGLISH-SPEAKERS

Although the presentations will be delivered in German, English speakers will be provided with written and/or spoken translations. In addition, the texts of the lectures will have been translated in advance and published in hardcover volumes in both languages. Attendees may purchase the landmark book (comprehensive publication), the first wide-ranging treatise in English on the history of German horology, at a discounted price. The publication will be available afterwards through the NAWCC, at a higher price to cover overseas shipping costs. Most international and German attendees speak English, offering opportunities for American participants to have open conversations and a good exchange of ideas.

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