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In French, such an interest/profession is referred to as horlogerie from horloge (watch/clock). I am just wondering if there is an equivalent term in English?

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translate.google.com/#fr|en|horlogerie watchmaking Dictionary noun watchmaking horology –  Kris Dec 1 '11 at 9:22

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They are simply called watchmakers or clockmakers.

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The English term is horology, and one who engages in the profession is a horologist.

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1611, horlogue: a clocke, or dyall; also I would find this ngram rather showing. –  Unreason Dec 1 '11 at 9:00
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@Unreason: 'Clockmaker' and 'watchmaker' are of course the more usual terms, but I was responding to the OP's request for an 'equiavelent' term. 'Horologist' does have the advantage of covering one who mends and repairs (and, yes, takes an interest in) both small and large timepieces. –  Barrie England Dec 1 '11 at 9:38
    
Oh, I do like your answer and I do think it is good; I was just trying to add more to it. Ever since I saw BBC's Longitude I find the whole subject of horology really interesting. –  Unreason Dec 1 '11 at 9:49
    
@BarrieEngland I'm not sure how it's "equivalent" - it shares a root, but it's not a cognate - a cognate to a word ending in "erie" should end in "ery" not "logy". –  Random832 Dec 1 '11 at 14:59

Horology is actually the art or science of measuring time. And the people interested in horology are called horologists

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It's also 'the construction of horologes' (OED). –  Barrie England Dec 1 '11 at 8:43
    
You wrote your answer as if it is a reply to Barrie's, but failed to mention that 'people interested in horology are called horologists. That term is used both by people who deal professionally with timekeeping apparatus (watchmakers, clockmakers), as well as aficionados and scholars of horology.' –  Unreason Dec 1 '11 at 8:58

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