Stephen Forsey to be Keynote Speaker at AWCI 2012 Written byMark BernardoJuly 11, 2012 Fans 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 email@example.com. To register, visit www.awci.com and go to “Convention Registration.” 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. 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).
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.