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"Beauty, Precision, and Craftsmanship of French Clocks" 

Host: Chapter 60 Florida Gold Coast
Hotel: Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Convention: Marriott Hotels and Resorts, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Chair: Joe Cohen
The history, clock types and styles, inventions, and major improvements during the following French periods will be covered. Clock types and styles followed furniture styles. Important clockmakers, movement makers, casemakers, founders, bronzers, dial makers, gilders, ébénistes, and other associated disciplines will be discussed. As a bonus, a new searchable Excel database of almost 1,000 artisans in the aforementioned disciplines will be given to attendees.

If you are a member of the NAWCC, a researcher, an appraiser, an auctioneer, an antique dealer, an art historian, or a museum professional, this symposium offers you a unique opportunity to gain in-depth insight into the history and details of the French clock industry. In addition to the maker database, attendees will receive a compilation of the information presented by each speaker. An outstanding exhibit of French clock types and styles from each period will enhance this fascinating topic.
The Florida Gold Coast Chapter of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors (NAWCC) will host the 2014 Ward Francillon Time Symposium October 16 - October 18 in Fort Lauderdale, FL, at the Marriott Hotels and Resorts.
The theme is “Beauty, Precision, and Craftsmanship of French Clocks” and will feature an exhibit of French Clocks by type and style from each period from French Louis XIII through Art Deco. 

Clock types and styles actually followed the furniture styles that were popular at the time. Topics will include historical information, the major or important clockmakers, movement makers, casemakers, founders, bronzers, dial makers, gilders, ebenistes, and other associated disciplines. Nearly 1,000 artisans have been entered into a searchable excel database by name, date, and discipline. Those who attend the Symposium will receive a disc containing this information.

For members of the NAWCC, researchers, appraisers, auctioneers, art historians, and museum professionals this Symposium will offer a unique opportunity to gain in-depth insight into the history and details of the French clock history.  Attendees also will receive a compilation of the information presented by each speaker. 

Philip Poniz, keynote speaker, will kick off Thursday evening with the James Arthur Lecture, “The Little Known Side of Breguet.” Poniz will highlight little-known episodes from Breguet’s personal life, surprising facts from his professional life, and fake Breguet watches that might, in fact, not be fakes! Friday morning Poniz will share information about seventeenth century French horology, including the important features and improvements during this relatively undeveloped period of French clocks and watches.

Philip is a mathematician and well-known antiquarian horological expert who handled the majority of the most important watches and clocks that came onto the market at Sotheby’s, Antiquorum and Patrizzi & Co.

He is currently a partner and lead expert at WatchInvest, Inc. and is also owner of European Watch & Casemakers, Ltd, a company that specializes in restoring mechanisms in ultra-complicated watches and clocks.  Philip also owns and manages the largest electronic horological library in the world with more than 8 million files.

Leading experts who also will speak are Greg Perry, Jonathan Snellenburg, Steve Thompson, Tom Targett, Colleen Boyle, and J. C. Cohen. The Antiquarian Horological Society will be present a program on Friday night, which may also be of interest to attendees and the public.

“This year’s Symposium marks the first time in over 20 years that the history of French clocks will be covered in a Symposium or any educational program,” explains Symposium Chair J. C. Cohen.  “Those who attend the Symposium will gain a keen perception of the craftsmanship and beauty that encompassed the making of these clocks throughout French clock making history.”


2014 Ward Francillon Time Symposium

“Beauty, Precision and Craftsmanship of French Clocks”

Thursday October 16, 2014

Thursday 6:00 pm to 7:00, Cash Bar

Thursday 7:00 to 9:00, Unknown Breguet, Philip Poniz

Friday October 17, 2014

Friday 8:00 am to 10:00, French Inventions & Innovations, Philip Poniz 

Friday 10:00 to 10:15, Break

Friday 10:15 am to 12:15 pm, French Horology of the 1600s, Philip Poniz 

Friday 12:15 pm to 1:30, Lunch

Friday 1:30 to 3:30, Regency, Louis XV, Jonathan Snellenburg 

Friday 3:30 to 3:45, Break

Friday 3:45 to 5:45, Louis XVI, Steve Thompson

Friday 7:00 pm to 10:00, Cash Bar

Friday 7:00 pm, Antiquarian Horological Society (American Section): Clocks of Versailles Castle, Fortunat Mueller-Maerki

Friday 7:30 to 10:00, Exhibit

Saturday October 18, 2014

Saturday 8:00 am to 10:00, Director & Empire, JC Cohen

Saturday 10:00 to 10:15, Break 

Saturday 10:15 am to 12:15 pm, Louis Philippe & 2nd Empire, Tom Targett

Saturday 12:15 pm to 1:30, Lunch

Saturday 1:30 to 3:30, Art Nouveau, Colleen Boyle

Saturday 3:30 to 3:45, Break

Saturday 3:45 to 5:45, Art Deco, Colleen Boyle

Saturday 7 pm to 10, Cash Bar & Banquet 

The public is invited to view this extraordinary exhibit of French clocks on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
If preregistered by September 19, attendance for the three-day Symposium is just $150; however single day passes are available as well. 

Registration information is available below.





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