Roger Smith becomes first British trustee of the Horological Society of New York


The Horological Society of New York (HSNY) has appointed world-renowned watchmakers Roger Smith and Romain Gauthier to its board of trustees.

They step in as William Massena and Michael Friedman fulfill their five-year term limits.


Mr Smith and Mr Gauthier are the first international trustees in the 156-year history of HSNY, and their appointment coincides with a time of incredible international growth for the institution, which doubled its membership in 2021.

“It’s a huge honour to have been appointed a Trustee of the Horological Society of New York. As a watchmaker I have long admired HSNY’s work to advance horology and, as Chairman of our own Alliance of British Watch and Clock Makers, I very much appreciate HSNY’s partnership,” Mr Smith says.

Dr. Roger Smith OBE is a true master of horology and the only contemporary watchmaker who can make a watch according to the ‘Daniels Method’ of single-handed craftsmanship. His journey has been one of continual discovery and today, he is working at the boundaries of mechanical watchmaking performance. In 2018, he was honored with an Order of the British Empire (OBE) and in 2019 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Birmingham City University in recognition of his services to horology.

Romain Gauthier.

Born in the Vallée de Joux, Mr Gauthier founded his eponymous watch brand in 2005.

Today, his creative freedom allows him to produce exceptional timepieces of pristine quality in limited numbers for collectors, in accordance with his vision of watchmaking: the evolution of tradition.


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