Stephen Forsey to be Keynote Speaker at AWCI 2012

Stephen Forsey to be Keynote Speaker at AWCI 2012

AWCI LogoFans of both classical and modern horology, take note: the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute (AWCI) will be hosting its 2012 Convention and Educational Symposium on August 1st – 5th at the Hyatt Regency Denver Tech Center in Colorado, and this year’s headliners represent two generations of high watchmaking. Stephen Forsey, co-founder with Robert Greubel of the La Chaux-de-Fonds-based haute de gamme watch brand, Greubel-Forsey, will be the keynote speaker, and Archie B. Perkins, a legendary figure in watch- and clockmaking as well as an honored educator and author, will be signing copies of his new book, Antique Watch Restoration, published by AWCI.

Forsey, of course, is regarded as a horological rock star by many of today’s collectors, while Perkins, with his more than 70 years of experience in the field, is a respected elder statesman.

AWCI is the national trade association of professional watchmakers and clockmakers, and this convention is the largest meeting of these professionals in the country. Rolex, Swatch, and Richemont are among the major sponsors of this event, along with industry suppliers Jules Borel & Co., Cas-Ker, Bergeon, Kessler/Renata, and others. The convention agenda includes six one-hour educational sessions presented by AWCI members and instructors, plus a Trade Fair on August 3rd – 4th.

The event is open to the public. Those who wish to exhibit at the trade fair can contact AWCI by phone at 866-367-2924 or by email at To register, visit and go to “Convention Registration.”

Stephen Forsey of Greubel-Forsey

Stephen Forsey (above), a former head of watch restoration at Asprey’s in London and a watchmaker at Renaud et Papi, founded Greubel-Forsey (GMT tourbillon model pictured below) with partner Robert Greubel in 2004.

Greubel Forsey GMT


Archie B. Perkins

Archie B. Perkins (above), a watchmaker, clockmaker, author and educator of more than 70 years’ experience and once a member of the AWCI board, will be signing copies of his book (below).

Perkins book cover

About Mark Bernardo

Mark Bernardo is the digital media editor of WatchTime magazine, responsible for developing and overseeing the editorial content on as well as for WatchTime's tablet editions for the iPad, Nook, and Kindle. As WatchTime's managing editor, from 2006 through 2011, he has written about numerous watch companies from major brands like Omega, TAG Heuer and Piaget, to exclusive artisan lines such as Jean Dunand, De Bethune and DeWitt. Prior to joining WatchTime, he was the editor of Smoke, a lifestyle magazine for cigar enthusiasts, whose beats included cigars, watches, cars, wines and spirits, celebrities, men's fashion, and other subjects, and has written about luxury items for a variety of men's-interest publications, including Robb Report, Robb Report Motorcycling, Stratos, Worth, and Bloomberg Markets.


  1. Jordan P. Ficklin says:

    I\'ll absolutely be there. It\'s the best opportunity in the U.S. for watchmakers to meet and learn from each other, plus with these greats in attendance it will be amazing. I encourage all watchmakers to attend.

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