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  • Trends 2019

    The cream of the crop, selected for you
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  • Event

    The Miami Design District celebrated
    Haute Horlogerie from 15th to 17th February 2019

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  • Event

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  • HH Journal

    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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Our areas of expertise

    • Information

      Information is the key to understanding the specificity of Fine Watchmaking, whether for the general public or an enlightened audience. Information also creates interest among younger generations who envisage a career in watchmaking.

       

      Magazines, books and exhibitions play an important role in "spreading the word". With this in mind, the Foundation creates content, and develops print or digital media intended to further interest in the watchmaking professions.

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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Trainings

      Through its FHH Academy, the Foundation educates about watchmaking and recognizes levels of competency. All year round, classes ranging from beginner to expert provide essential knowledge for understanding and exploring the many aspects of watchmaking, as well as safeguarding expertise.

       

      The Foundation also has partnerships with the main universities and institutes that prepare students for careers in the various fields of watchmaking and luxury.

    • FHH Academy

      The FHH Academy values the transfer of knowledge through trainings. Its mission is to unlock understanding and deliver knowledge to improve business performance for the watch industry sales professionals.

    • Organization

      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organization of events where specialists and the general public can discover watchmaking and its major trends, such as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals - and the Watches & Wonders fairs.

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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    Malte Openworked Tourbillon

    With its tourbillon that remains one of the most iconic complications in the watchmaking art, and its tonneau-shaped movement entirely hand-decorated by the in-house engraving artisans, this timepiece is one of the most accomplished...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Julien Le Roy

    French clockmaker. Maître 1713. Juré 1735. Watchmaker to the King in 1739.

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  • History

    Around -1450

    First sundial: -1450 before JC in Egypte.After observing the natural rhythm of daylight and dark, civilisations around the world looked for ways to measure time, first with calendars then with instruments of increasing...

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  • Glossary

    • Aperture

      A small opening in the dial. In an aperture watch, various indications such as the month, moon phase, day, date, hour, minute, etc. are visible through these openings.

    • Brass

      An alloy of copper and between 30% and 40% zinc. Can be used to make the plates, bridges and wheels for a watch.

    • Common year

      A year that is not a leap year.

    • Dumortierite

      A blue to violet ornamental stone silicate mineral that is used as used for watch dials. Dumortierite has a hardness of 7 - 8.5 and a specific gravity of 3.3 - 3.4.

    • Exterior

      The different parts (case, dial, hands, crystal, crown, etc.) that help to give the watch its finished and functional appearance.

    • Fracture

      A break in a gemstone.

    • Grande complication

      See complication.

    • Hardness

      The resistance of a material to scratching and wear. Hardness is measured using the Moh's Scale. This scale indicates that one substance can scratch the substance below it and scratch itself. For...

    • Invisible setting

      A groove is cut into a rounded stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible. This technique was patented by Cartier in...

    • Jasper

      An opaque, ornamental stone found in many colours, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped, speckled, and multi-coloured and is used in watch making as a dial. Jasper...

    • Karrusel

      A device similar to the tourbillon, the difference being that the cage is driven by the third wheel. Invented by Bonnicksen, a Danish watchmaker established in London.See complication.

    • Lunation

      The period of time elapsing between two successive new moons.

    • Master

      A watchmaker who has presented his masterpiece or test piece.

    • Natural pearl

      A natural pearl is also called an oriental pearl. This pearl is formed by an oyster, freshwater mussel or other mollusc as a reaction to a tiny invading object that happened to be caught inside...

    • Oval

      A brilliant cut with an oval rather than round girdle (55 facets). Invented in the 1960s, it is increasingly popular for solitaire engagement rings or as a centre-stone surrounded by two...

    • Pairing

      The action of coupling a spring with its balance.

    • Quartz

      Silicon dioxide. Also called rock crystal. Quartz has the specific property of vibrating at a very high frequency (32 MHz) placed under electric current. Under certain conditions, it...

    • Regulating parts

      The regulating organ (balance and spring) with the escapement.

    • Synthetic stone

      Synthetic stones are stones that have the same characteristics as the natural gemstone, but are man-made in laboratories. The only way to distinguish one from the other is by observation of the...

    • Terminage

      The assembly and inspection of all the watch's parts.

    • Universal Time (UT)

      Since 1972, a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian. Universal Time (UT) is a measurement of time based on the Earth's...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Watchmaker's cabinet

      A small chest of drawers for storing the watchmaker's tools and often part of the bench. A cabinet can also be a separate piece of furniture with any number of drawers for sorting and...

    • Year

      A four-digit indication of the current year that changes automatically at midnight on December 31st.

    • Zinc

      A metal applied by electrodeposition (electroplating) to protect iron and steel.

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