Horological Phonetics – General Terms
With a history spanning centuries, the horological industry has seen more patents, inventions and concepts than most industries. With this constant innovation comes a plethora of terms to learn. Twentytwoten.com pronounce and a few of the more common ones…
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Horology [haw-rol–uh-jee, hoh-]
- The art of making timepieces
- The science of measuring time
- An 1801 patent from Abraham Louis Breguet that aims to counter the effect of gravity on a timepieces accuracy when left dormant in the same position.
- About an extra $15K to your purchase price.
- Translates to “Strike”
- This complication in a mechanical timepiece strikes a gong on the quarter hour.
Tachymeter [tak-ih-muh-ter, -tuh]
- An incremental scale inscribed around the perimeter of a watch used primarily to calculate speed based on elapsed time or, in other cases, distance based on speed.
- Speed = Distance/Time. As long as you have two of these criteria, you can calculate the unknown.
Novelties [as you would expect]
- A term used in the watch industry meaning a new-release.