Chronometrophilia is described in its byline as the "Swiss Association
for the History of Timekeeping / Association suisse pour l'histoire de
la mesure du temps / Schweizerische Gesellschaft für die Geschichte
der Zeitmessung". It is a group of collectors and enthusiasts
interested in the history of horology.
Switzerland is quadrilingual, they needed a
language-neutral name for their organisation. They invented the term
chronometrophilia from the Greek chronos (time) and philia ("the love
of"); and meter, a Teutonic word cognate to the Latin modius
The association was founded in 1976 and unites collectors, scholars
and museum professionals interested in the historical aspects of
clocks and watches. Meetings are held about 4 times a year in various
Switzerland and are usually conducted bilingually in
French and German. Most meetings involve visits to museums,
restoration workshops or private collections. Once a year the
organization also organises an international study tour, travelling to
a foreign locale to study historic horological artefacts.
"Chronometrophilia" is also the name of their semi-annual glossy,
scholarly journal (published with articles in both French and German).
The administrative office of
Chronometrophilia is located in La
Chaux-de-Fonds, a Swiss town in the
Jura mountains that is considered
the focus of the Swiss watchmaking industry and which also houses the
Musée International d'Horlogerie.
Its main sister organizations in other countries pursuing similar
Antiquarian Horological Society - AHS (United Kingdom)
Association Française des Amateurs d'Horlogerie Ancienne - AFAHA
Deutsche Gesellschaft für Chronometrie - DGC (Germany)
HORA Associazione Italiana Cultori di Orologeria Antica (Italy)
National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors
National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors - NAWCC (United
States of America)
^ Oxford English Dictionary. (1989) 2nd Ed.