Serendipity, Timing and the Birth of a Horology Library

The Horological Society of New York was shown a library space for rent. Then a collector offered his books. The result? A timekeeping treasure trove.

Given the city’s myriad public institutions, it is surprising that New York lacks a museum devoted to the history and practice of watchmaking.

As of October, however, research lovers probably think that the city has something even better: the Jost Bürgi Research Library, housed at the Horological Society of New York’s headquarters on West 44th Street.

Comprising more than 25,000 items, including books, magazines, periodicals, pamphlets, postcards, advertisements and all manner of watchmaking ephemera, from horological-themed postage stamps to syllabuses for watchmaking courses, the collection fills nearly

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