horology

noun
ho·​rol·​o·​gy | \ hə-ˈrä-lə-jē How to pronounce horology (audio) \

Definition of horology

1 : the science of measuring time
2 : the art of making instruments for indicating time

Examples of horology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And that place at the heart of horology will only be enhanced next year, when the hometown brands Rolex and Patek Philippe join with Chanel and others to create a new watch trade show there. Kathleen Beckett, New York Times, "The Mood of Geneva? Watches and Waiting.," 1 May 2020 Mainspring technology continues to advance although, as with many other aspects of mechanical horology, improvements tend to be incremental rather than revolutionary. Jack Forster, Bloomberg.com, "Watchmaking’s Most Essential and Underappreciated Component," 3 Feb. 2020 In the world of horology, the aficionados are generally men, but over the last couple of years watchmakers have been quietly courting a small yet devoted cohort: women. Cara Barrett, Town & Country, "The Newest Trend in Serious Watch Collecting? Women," 21 Sep. 2018 And yet, mechanical watches are still very much around, garnering the majority of horology enthusiasts’ passion and attention. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Wired headphones are becoming the mechanical watches of personal audio," 7 July 2018 Hundreds of watches were unveiled at the show, from new Casio G-Shocks (don’t sleep on their retro tribute to the very first model) all the way up million-dollar pieces from haute horology’s most exclusive makers. Daniel Bentley, Fortune, "The 5 Hottest Watches From Baselworld 2018," 28 Mar. 2018 What is fun, though not new, is that the Apple Watch actually pays homage to one of horology's greatest complications (and one of my personal favorites) with its lap-timer. Ben Clymer, Bloomberg.com, "The Apple Watch Series 3 Edition Reviewed," 3 Oct. 2017 Among the buzzy standouts at this year’s Baselworld, horology’s world’s fair, was Patek Philippe’s 7130G, a stunning 36mm, white-gold wristwatch. Stacy Perman, Fortune, "Why Watch Brands Are Finally Taking Women Seriously," 24 Sep. 2017 Indeed, Bulgari has made a statement in the world of haute horology by sending its premium men’s line on a crash diet. Alex Williams, New York Times, "Bulgari Sets Record for Thinnest Self-Winding Watch," 27 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of horology

1819, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for horology

Greek hōra + English -logy

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“Horology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horology. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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