Evaluating Time Joins Luxury or Lie in Traveling the Globe

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  1. Gene Klodzen

    Gene Klodzen Super Moderator

    Aug 24, 2000

    Columbia, PA: The National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors, Inc.’s groundbreaking course, “Luxury or Lie? ™ How to Identify Genuine from Fake Watches” has been traveling the globe and with it joins the NAWCC’s highly praised “Evaluating Time: Researching, Identifying, and Valuing Wrist and Pocket Watches” course. The designer, curator, and instructor for the highly attended classes, Adam Harris, has boomeranged his way across the world jetting from Spain to Pennsylvania to New York to Singapore to Las Vegas and beyond.

    In “Evaluating Time,” watch specialist Harris presents proven methods of identifying watch types and evaluating their authenticity and condition. It begins with an introduction that serves as the foundation for the course. To aid those in the class who do not have previous knowledge of timepieces, he breaks down the terminology associated with wrist watches and pocket watches found in every day usage.

    And what are watches without their history? Without attention to their makers? Harris’s presentation covers makers from the sixteenth century to today. He focuses on the important dates of the developments in watch features and movement types, all of which will prove invaluable in appraisal research.

    This course gives an overview of the evolution of watch types and appropriate terminology and criteria for making value judgments based on comparative analysis. Participants will learn the correct methods to identify watch types, key components, and characteristics and to evaluate authenticity, originality, condition, quality, and desirability. Participants will learn proper examination techniques and research tools and methods as well as critical appraisal skills, such as qualitative ranking, classification, rarity determination, and writing accurate descriptions. The requirements for an appraisal report and its format are reviewed and those attending the class submit their reports to receive their certificates.

    Instructor Adam Harris was born in Scotland, has lived in England, and is now retired to Spain. He was a guest wrist watch curator at the National Watch and Clock Museum in Columbia, PA, from 2012 to 2016. Harris was vice president of Fujitsu Europe before he retired to pursue horological study under Mme Cinette Robert, former owner of Dubey and Schaldenbrand, and Marcus Hardy of Vintage Jewelry. He has also been a guest appraiser in a pawn shop, Gold Rush. Harris’s large collection of more than 200 vintage watches has aided in his knowledge of appraising timepieces.

    Since the course debuted this past fall, interest has been high among horological collectors and multiple professionals from the jewelry and appraisal industry, and the course has been universally praised by many, including the following attendees:

    “As a dual accredited member of the International Society of Appraisers, I found the course helpful in increasing my knowledge of wristwatches and pocket watches, a specialization I have been focusing on for some time. I strongly recommend this course to anyone who is a member of the International Society of Appraisers or the American Society of Appraisers. But its practical overview of this popular area of horology makes this course beneficial to anyone interested in broadening their understanding of timepieces.” (John H. Grow, ISA-AM, Prestige Evaluation Inc.)

    “There was never a dull moment and the wealth of information Adam had shared with the class was unbelievable. I discovered from him and the class so many new ways to research about watches and the different resources one can go to and learn about the history of a timepiece. Adam was so knowledgeable and shared his wealth of knowledge all the way through the course. He also presented us with great study guide that I can use for years to come.” (Richard Nehls, NAWCC member)

    “Evaluating Time” will be held April 29-May 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the classroom facilities at NAWCC headquarters in Columbia, PA. Class size is limited, so register early. The course includes hands-on instruction and use of the National Watch and Clock Museum collection and the NAWCC Library and Research Center.

    The cost for the full three-day program is $1,250; an early bird registration rate of $1,000 is available for attendees who register by March 29. NAWCC members may qualify for a cost of $900 if they also register by that date. Discounts are available if sending two or more employees from the same business or if also registering for the “Luxury or Lie ™” course.

    For more information and to register, go to https://net.nawcc.org/NAWCC/Events/Event_Display.aspx?EventKey=WS327A17 or contact the Education Department at 717.684.8261, ext. 237, or education@nawcc.org.

    The NAWCC is a 501(c)(3) educational charitable nonprofit organization with over 13,000 members, representing 52 countries. The NAWCC operates the National Watch and Clock Museum, which houses a collection of over 12,000 timekeeping artifacts, and a Library and Research Center with 30,000 books, catalogs, and periodicals. To learn more about the NAWCC and affiliated organizations, visit www.nawcc.org.

    Kim Craven
    NAWCC Marketing and Events Coordinator
    p: 717.684.8261 Ext.231
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