2015 Annual Convention



Join us in the Heart of America as AWCI celebrates the rebirth of the American Watchmaking Spirit!

Registration available now for vendors and participants

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This year’s convention of the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute will be held in the heart of America at the elegant Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, Missouri. The Hotel Phillips was voted Best Hotel of Kansas City in 2014 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. If you have never been to Kansas City it is a cosmopolitan urban wonder in the middle of the great plains! The weather in October will be fantastic. You might consider arriving early and staying some extra days so you can venture out into the City of Fountains and enjoy:

  • A plate of Famous Kansas City BBQ Ribs
  • The air of inspiration at dozens of world class museums
  • The spray of more fountains than any other city in the world (except Rome)
  • A sense of duty at the National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial
  • The hustle and bustle of the fully functional and fully restored Union Station
  • A hallmark moment at Crowne Center Shops & the Hallmark Visitor’s Center and Museum
  • The sweet echo of jazz in the Power & Lights District
  • A day of shopping at City Plaza
  • A four-story Tour of Jules Borel & Co.
  • Vendor Fair & American Watch Brand Exhibition
  • The enlightenment of Continuing Education Classes
  • The AWCI Annual Awards Banquet
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Kansas City Skyline – Photo courtesy of VisitKC


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JC Nichols Fountain City Plaza – Photo Courtesy of VisitKC



Kemper Musuem of Art – Photo Courtesy of VisitKC



National World War I Muserum at Liberty Memorial – Photo Courtesy of VisitKC



Nelson Atkins Museum – Photo Courtesy of VisitKC



Union Station – Photo Courtesy of VisitKC

Hotel Phillips Lobby

Hotel Phillips Lobby

Hotel Phillips

Hotel Phillips



Wednesday September 30, 2015

3:00 PM- 8:00 PM Registration

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Reception at Jules Borel & Co. — RSVP

9:00 PM The Escapement: Hospitality Suite


Thursday October 1, 2015

7:00 AM-9:00 AM Registration

8:00 AM Breakfast

9:00 AM Keynote Address

10:30 AM Affiliate Chapter Meeting

1:30 PM Industry Advisory Board Meeting

3:00 PM Board of Directors Meeting

5:30 PM Tour of Jules Borel & Co. (limited availability)

8:00 PM The Escapement: Hospitality Suite


Friday October 2, 2015

8:00 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM – 4:00 PM Vendor Fair & American Showcase

12:00 PM Luncheon

6:00 PM ELM Trust Fundraiser Dinner

9:00 PM The Escapement: Hospitality Suite


Saturday October 3, 2015

7:00 AM Breakfast

8:00 AM – 12:00PM Educational Symposium

1:00PM – 5:00PM Educational Symposium

6:00PM Awards Banquet

9:00PM The Escapement: Hospitality Suite


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Plan now for this year’s annual convention

Just $499


Kansas City, Missouri

October 1-3, 2015

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 Registration available now for vendors and participants


Continuing Education Opportunities at the 2015 Convention

Included in your registration fee is a full day of continuing education with up to 1 CEU available. Choose between multiple tracks. Attendees can choose to take:

  • All watch-related classes
  • All clock-related classes
  •  A mix of both watch-related and clock-related classes

Saturday, October 3, 2015 

Hotel Phillips, Kansas City, MO

Continuing Education

1 CEU Available for all-day participation

 Clockmaking Watchmaking 

3D Printing in Horology

As vice president of the Horological Society of New York and a technical editor for Hodinkee, Nicholas Manousos has been exploring 3D printing in the world of horology for many years. He has constructed a 10X scale model of a coaxial escapement tourbillon and will be demonstrating how 3D printing is impacting the world of horology.

Presenter: Nicholas Manousos

Essential Practices of Water-Resistance Testing

In this 4-hour hands-on class, AWCI Instructor, Tom Schomaker, will demonstrate the Standard Operating Procedure for testing water resistance. He will demonstrate the proper techniques and discuss the working principles for the most popular test equipment on the market from brands like Roxer, Witschi, and Greiner.

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21


Clockmaker’s Round Table

Bring your clock, and your questions and participate in a round-table discussion of clock repair with experts in the field.


Jerry Faier, CMC21, FAWCI

Bob Ockenden, CMC

Michael Gainey, CC21


 Escapement Adjusting

During this course the class will review the principles for properly adjusting any escapement (watch or clock); practice using a discussed routine to adjust any escapement; practice using the routine by reviewing a number of clock movements that have inserted escapement errors and what adjustments should be made; and apply the routine to a number of common clock and watch escapements.  I will be bringing several models for the participants to use to help give them practice in some of the manipulations studied.  We will review the classic deadbeat escapement, the half deadbeat, the recoil escapement (both European style as well as the American and German strap pallet style), the cylinder escapement, the Brocot style, the pin-lever (Roskoff style) and the lever (club tooth) escapements.  

Instructor: Jerry Faier, CMC21, FAWCI

Workshop Practices for the Watchmaker or Clockmaker

For many years Kari Halme has been designing workshops for watchmakers and helping them improve their workflow. He has visited hundreds of different workshops and has seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. In this presentation, Kari shares ideas which will help you improve the efficiency of your workshop, work faster and better, and improve your bottom line.

Presenter: Kari Halme

3D Printing in Horology

As vice president of the Horological Society of New York and a technical editor for Hodinkee, Nicholas Manousos has been exploring 3D printing in the world of horology for many years. He has constructed a 10X scale model of a coaxial escapement tourbillon and will be demonstrating how 3D printing is impacting the world of horology.

Presenter: Nicholas Manousos



We invite you to extend your stay, arriving early and taking advantage of additional educational opportunities in Kansas City and choosing from the following classes:

Sep 28-29

 High End Horological Decoration and Finishing (2 CEUs) – SOLD OUT!


Mr. Korpela will travel from Switzerland where he is the instructor and the K&H Competence Center in LeLocle to attend the AWCI convention and give a 2-day seminar on high end horological decoration and finishing. The course, which takes place just ahead of the AWCI Annual Convention and Chronometer Club Seminar, is limited to 12 students. Topics covered will include black polishing (specular polishing) screws, round polishing screws, and bluing steeled components. If time allows additional topics may include applying straight grain finishes and sablage (a matte finish with characteristics similar to sand-blasting.)

Jules Borel in Kansas City, MO

 Instructor: Henrik Korpela, K&H Watchmaking Competence Center in LeLocle Switzerland

Member Price $595

 For a preview of topics covered you can read an article written by Mr. Korpela on the topic of black polishing that was featured on Watches by SJX.


Sep 29

Separate Function Case Course for Rolex Watches (1 CEU)

This course teaches the standard operating procedures (SOP) for disassembly, service, and re-assembly of Rolex watches featuring the separation of functions bezel including water resistance testing. You will gain hands-on training with the proper tools and with multiple case designs.

Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, MO

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

Prerequisites: CW21, WOSTEP, or instructor approval

Member Price $349 

Sep 30

Chronometer Club Seminar (1 CEU)

Adjusting and Servicing High Grade Dials and Hands

Hotel Phillips in Kansas City, MO

Limited to 20 participants

Instructor: Tom Schomaker, CMW21

In this never before presented class, Instructor Tom Schomaker CMW21 will cover the following topics……
Burnishing the scratches out of a high grade glossy dial, burnishing scratched hands (mostly gold), replacing luminous in hands (tips and procedures), adjusting the endshake of the hour (to dial), centering of the dial around the hour wheel on the main plate. tightening loose  stick markers, and more tips and suggestions on dial and clearance issues.

Prerequisites: Membership in the Chronometer Club

Member Price $100 



Hotel Information

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