2014 Annual Convention

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It is time to make plans for the 2014 AWCI Convention and Educational Symposium. Our meeting takes place at the Colony South Hotel & Convention Center in Clinton, MD just outside of Washington, DC. We hope you will join us as our nation’s capitol plays host to AWCI.

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Our annual meeting will combine business meetings, educational presentations, a vendor fair, networking opportunities and a workshop bringing together watchmakers, material distributors, manufacturers, watch collectors, and enthusiasts with the goal of formulating new ideas about spare parts distribution.

This workshop will be a facilitated set of activities designed to constructively engage all of the parties involved in obtaining spare parts for after sales service. Your participation is needed!

Our venue will be the Colony South Hotel & Convention Center with easy access to the DC Metro and an entire nation’s worth of monuments, museums, and history.ColonySouth

  • Full Registration $525
    • Includes: Awards Banquet, Spare Parts Workshop, Continuing Education Courses, Vendor Fair, Networking Opportunities, Hot Breakfast every morning, Lunch on Friday, Welcome Reception, Keynote Presentation, Business Meetings, Hospitality Suite
  • Optional: ELM Trust Fundraising Cook-Out Friday Evening $50 (not included with registration)
  • Educational Symposium Only Registration $379
    • Includes: Awards Banquet, Spare Parts Workshop, Continuing Education Courses, Vendor Fair, Networking Opportunities, Saturday Breakfast, Hospitality Suite
  • Plus One (Spouse / Children) $199
    • Includes: Awards Banquet, Hot Breakfast each morning, Off-site visit to area attractions, Friday Lunch 

 

 

Visit www.awci.com/2014Convention to Register

 

Deluxe King Room $99 / night + taxes
Deluxe Double Double $109 / night + taxes

Visit www.colonysouth.com/ or call 1-301-856-4500 to make reservations.  Please mention the convention and Booking code 140820AWCI for our special rates.

Schedule of Events (Subject to Change):

  • Wednesday Aug 20
    • 3pm – 6pm Early Registration
  • Thursday Aug 21
    • 8am – 10am Keynote Presentation
    • 10:15 IAB Meeting & Affiliate Chapter Meeting
    • 1:30 Board of Directors Meeting
    • 7pm – 9pm Welcome Reception
    • 9pm The Escapement Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Cas-Ker Co.
  • Friday Aug 22
    • 8-11:30 Committee Meetings, continuation of BOD Business
    • 8am – 4pm Vendor Fair
    • 11:30 Vendor Luncheon Sponsored by Siriani
  • Educational Symposium
    • 1pm Andy & The Automaton
    • 1pm Assessing your own work: Quality control & CW21 Assessment
    • 3pm Mainsprings & Lantern Pinions
    • 3pm Isochronism
    • 6pm ELM Trust Fundraising Dinner (Not included in registration fees)
    • 9pm The Escapement Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Cas-Ker Co.
  • Saturday Aug 23
    • 8am – 11am Vendor Fair
      • Educational Sympsoium
      • 8am Mainsprings & Lantern Pinions
      • 8am Assessing your own work: Quality control & CW21 Assessment
      • 10am Andy & The Automaton
      • 10am Isochronism
    • 1pm – 5pm Spare Parts Workshop
    • 6:30 Reception
    • 7pm – 9 pm Awards Banquet Sponsored by Rolex USA
    • 9pm The Escapement Hospitality Suite Sponsored by Cas-Ker Co.

Keynote Address: Preserve, Repair, or Replace? A Monumental Question
On August 23, 2011, an earthquake shook the Washington, DC area, damaging important buildings and monuments including the Washington National Cathedral and leaving many decisions regarding conservation, preservation, and restoration in the aftermath. Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. will walk us through these decisions as a case study which can be used as each of us face similar decisions as we repair, restore, and service vintage timepieces.

Educational Symposium (CEUs Awarded):

Andy & the Automaton: Andrew Baron discusses the wonderment of the Maillardet Automaton at the Franklin Institute and his involvement in its restoration and preservation, as seen in Horologcial Times.

Assessing your own work: Quality Control from the perspective of CW21 Exam Assessors

Chief Examiner Wes Grau, CMW21 and Aaron Recksieck, CW21 give insight into the way CW21 examinations are graded as they talk about ways in which you can control quality and assess your own repair work.

Handling, measuring and repairing mainsprings, tooth and lantern pinion replacement

Michael Gainey,CC21  brings his years of experience and covers these two topics for clockmakers.

 Isochronism: It isn’t just for theory exams:

John Davis discusses a favorite CW21 exam topic: Isochronism, the obstacles which prevent watches from being isochronous, and how knowledge of this theoretical topic can be applied in your daily repair activities to help watches keep better time. Sponsored by Nesbit’s Fine Watch Service

 

International Conference on Spare Parts Distribution for Watchmakers 2014

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The aim of this conference is to advance the art, science, and business of horology.  The independent watchmaker today faces many challenges including difficulty in obtaining genuine spare parts from manufacturers. This conference will be held in conjunction with the 2014 Annual meeting of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute and educational symposium.  A workshop will be held on Saturday August 23rd to bring together watchmakers, consumers, material distributors, and manufacturers with the goal of formulating new ideas about spare parts distribution.

Paper Submission

Authors are invited to submit papers via electronic mail to moc.icwanull@muisopmys by May 1, 2014.  Submissions should describe the problems with watch parts distribution, address why parts distribution is problematic, and provide solutions. “Out of the box” thinking is encouraged. Only submissions which acknowledge the interests of all parties involved in the “spare parts transaction” will be considered for acceptance.  Selected papers may be presented at the International Conference on Spare Parts Distribution to be held on August 23, 2014 and/or published in Horological Times.  Accepted authors will be compensated for their presentation and publication.

 

As this is a multi-faceted and international problem, submissions are encouraged from watch repairers, manufacturers, consumers, collectors, and any interested party both within the United States and across the world.  Membership in AWCI is not required for paper submission.