Horological Society of New York (HSNY) HSNY Awards $100,000 In Financial Aid at Its Annual Gala
After a two-year pause in its 156-year tradition, the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) held its annual Gala on Saturday, April 9, 2022, where it awarded $100,000 to watchmaking students and schools, and raised an additional $18,000 toward its mission of advancing the art and science of horology
HSNY celebrated the 2022 Gala & Awards Ceremony in style at the landmark Harvard Club of New York City, where 200 members and friends reunited to toast to one of the world’s oldest continuously operating horological associations.
The evening begins with cocktail hour at Harvard Hall! © HSNY
Highlights from the evening included a presentation by HSNY President John Teifert of the Howard Fass Award, given this year to longtime HSNY member and horological bibliophile Fortunat Mueller-Maerki. Bestowed for the third time since its creation in 2016, the Howard Fass award is HSNY’s highest honor, given to individuals judged to have shown extraordinary dedication to the ideals which the Society pursues.
HSNY President John Teifert presents Fortunat Mueller-Maerki with the Howard Fass Award, HSNY’s highest honor © HSNY
The lavish evening continued with the announcement of HSNY’s largest financial aid awarded to date — a sum of $100,000 to 15 watchmaking students and three watchmaking institutions across the country. Steve Eagle, HSNY’s Director of Education, presented a check to Robert Younger, a student of the Patek Philippe Institute in New York, who accepted the award on behalf of all recipients. (Please see below a full list of financial aid recipients.)
Robert Younger, a student of the Patek Philippe Institute in New York, accepts financial aid on behalf of all 2022 recipients. A giant check was issued by HSNY Director of Education Steve Eagle, left © HSNY
In between dinner courses and mingling, a lively bidding war took place for HSNY’s first-ever Lifetime Membership Card. Hosted by Isabella Proia of Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, the starting bid of $500 quickly escalated as attendees bid for the evening’s coveted auction item, among them Kevin O'Leary, the entrepreneur and businessman fondly known as Mr. Wonderful on the television show Shark Tank. A hammer price of $18,000 ended the evening’s auction, with Jared Tramontano taking home bragging rights as HSNY’s first Lifetime Membership cardholder. Proceeds from the sale will benefit HSNY’s ongoing financial aid initiatives. The card grants the owner lifetime membership privileges at HSNY, including all aspects of all current and future membership levels. It was engine turned by Joshua Shapiro and hand-engraved by Artur Akmaev, and made from a 92.5% sterling silver alloy with tarnish-resistant properties 4-5 times that of traditional sterling silver. HSNY’s full Charity Auction will be held online in June 2022 and will be hosted by Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo.
Isabella Proia of Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo hosts a lively bidding war for HSNY’s first-ever Lifetime Membership Card © HSNY
Gala supporters included A. Lange & Söhne, Collectability, Grand Seiko, HODINKEE, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, Slater Team at Compass, Vacheron Constantin, Collective, Watch Club Society, and Ulysse Nardin, along with HSNY officers, staff and fellows.
HSNY’s 2022 Lifetime Membership Card, engine turned by Joshua Shapiro and hand-engraved by Artur Akmaev © HSNY
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