Hello and welcome to Alliance Horlogère! A worldwide, grassroots effort to perpetuate the knowledge and passion of horology. Built on the same foundations as Wikipedia, this is a free and ever-growing reference work focused on all things horological. Anyone, including you, can edit any article right now by clicking on the edit this page link that appears in every article on Alliance Horlogère.
With the exception of some video content, where stated otherwise, all of the content in all of our articles is covered by the GNU Free Documentation License, to ensure that they can remain freely available forever. We hope that you will enjoy using and contributing to this valuable free resource.
What is Horology?
Simply put, horology is the art and science of timekeeping. Everything from clocks and watches to sundials and clepsydras. How they function, how they're made, who makes them, and how to keep them running are all part and parcel of what keeps Alliance Horlogère ticking.
Contributing to Alliance Horlogére
Ordinary people, like you, are constantly working at improving and building on the content of this project; as you are reading this, various people are editing and creating articles. While we have many professional horologists, horological professors, engineers, historians, and other experts on all kinds of subjects at work here, you don't need any special credentials to participate. You might expect Alliance Horlogére to be a low-quality product because it is open to everyone. But, as Wikipedia has proven since its inauguration nearly a decade ago, perhaps it's the fact that it is open to everyone that makes a lot of these articles pretty darn good, and ever-improving, as we review and build on each other's work.
So, you can just dive right in and work on any article you like! You can edit any article directly. Or, if you want to add your thoughts, questions or comments about an article, you can go to the article's talk page (click on the 'Discuss this page' link located in the sidebar or at the bottom of each article). Before you getting started, you'll need to create a login so that you can be credited for any additions, edits, or new pages you create in the history of each page - which is also available via a link in the sidebar and bottom of each page. To login or create a new login, simply click on the 'Log In' link in the upper right hand corner of each page.
To work together effectively in building a sound, horological knowledge base, the Alliance Horlogère community has some established policies and guidelines. We have a strong policy of writing articles from a neutral point of view which means that articles, even on potentially controversial topics, are unbiased and not to be used as platforms for particular opinions. Keep in mind that Alliance Horlogère is worldwide resource. Horological lubricants that work well in some climates for certain applications may perform poorly in others. Small pearls of wisdom like this alone are often enough to keep two stout watchmakers from blazing a trail of edits back and forth over a particular point of issue. If you disagree with a certain method, means, or piece of information presented on a page, consider simply adding your perspective without debasing another's. Better still, make use of the 'Discussion Page' available for each article to try and reach a generally accepted consensus between users.
New contributors are always welcome to Alliance Horlogère, and you are encouraged to be bold in editing pages. You don't have to worry too much about making mistakes, as all contributions are monitored by other contributors at the Recent changes page. There are many friendly and experienced Alliance Horlogére contributors who are more than happy to help you learn the ropes.
We hope you have fun!