The 2006 Ward Francillon Time Symposium

Title: American Watch Making II: From Craft to Industry

Sponsored by NAWCC Chapters:
174 (Pocket Horology), 185 (Internet Horology), and 28 (Lake Erie)

Dates: Thursday evening, October 26 through Saturday evening, October 28, 2006

Location: The Crowne Plaza Cleveland City Centre Hotel
(formerly the Sheraton City Centre)
Cleveland, OH
[Call 1-800-321-1090 for reservations,
and mention the NAWCC Ward Francillon Time Symposium.]

Program: The 2006 Time Symposium continues the epoch story of American industrial watchmaking related at the 2002 Time Symposium. James Arthur Lecturer, Antoine Simonin, Past Director of the Watchmakers of Switzerland Technical Education Program (WOSTEP), will be joined by eleven other distinguished speakers from four countries to discuss how innovative technology, economics and human factors shaped the burgeoning late Nineteenth Century US watch industry and influenced watchmaking worldwide. Speakers Larry Buchan, George Collord, Professor Kenneth DeLucca, Dr. Timothy Flower, Mike Harold, Jeffrey Hess, Gerrit Nijssen, Craig Risch, and Kent Singer, will relate how watches designed by American manufacturers reflected American watchmaking technology, labor organization and market imperatives of the period. David Penney, Antoine Simonin, and Alan Treherne will describe the mutual influences between the American and European watchmaking industries. Saturday afternoon will see special guest appearances by Webb C. Ball, D.F. Church, Albert Potter, E. C. Fitch and other luminaries of Nineteenth Century American watchmaking.

  Special Exhibit:

The Cleveland symposium will feature a special exhibit of watches, clocks, fobs, ephemera and important documents of the Webb C. Ball Watch Co., from the Ball Estate collection and other outstanding private collections, presented in period jeweler’s display cases. Don’t miss this definitive Webb C. Ball exhibit of all time!
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To Register: Detach and mail in the registration form from the June MART, or download the form here:

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For More Information: contact the general Chairman, Clint Geller, at: clint.geller@verizon.net.