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  • Trends 2019

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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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    • 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

    Fifty Fathoms

    Conceived and developed at French naval officers' request and first produced for military purposes, the Fifty Fathoms had to meet with ambitious specifications. The first of these is given in its name: the watch had to be...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Pierre-Louis Berthoud, known as Louis Berthoud

    Swiss chronometer-maker, established in Paris. He was at the head of the workshop belonging to his uncle, Ferdinand Berthoud, later succeeding him. A specialist in precision timepieces, he made marine and pocket...

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  • History

    1988

    Jean d'Eve launched the Samara, the first quartz watch whose power source was an automatic rotor, the Generotor.

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  • Glossary

    • Atomic (clock)

      A caesium clock draws on the hypothesis of stable atomic properties, in particular the frequency of radiation corresponding to the transitions between two energy levels. The atomic frequency...

    • Bottom plate

      The plate which bears the various movement parts and in particular the bridges. The dial is usually affixed to the bottom side of the plate. The plate is pierced with holes for the screws and...

    • Clarity

      Clarity is the absence of inclusions in a gemstone. The clarity scale for diamonds runs from IF (Internally flawless, with no internal characteristics), to I3 (having many clearly visible...

    • Direct-drive seconds (Trotteuse)

      A hand that moves forward in small jumps, each of which corresponds to one vibration of the balance.A distinctive feature of a mechanical watch indicating the seconds.

    • Etablisseur

      In Switzerland, a watchmaker who buys ébauches and parts to then assemble them.

    • Fusee

      A more or less conical part with spiral grooves for gut, and after circa 1640 chain, which connects to the barrel. It regulates the power transferred to the gears. Almost all sixteenth,...

    • Goldsmith

      A craftsman who produces decorative objects in precious metals, as well as in pewter and copper.

    • Hour-wheel

      The wheel that carries the hour hand.

    • Iridescence

      The spectral colours seen on certain gems due to interference of light. Mother of pearl, used for watch dials is iridescent.

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • Knot

      A raised mineral inclusion in a diamond found at the surface.

    • Legal time

      The time which is, by law, that of all the inhabitants of a country.

    • Marquise

      A cut gemstone with a boat like shape (55 facets); an oval with two pointed ends. This gem cut is sometimes called a “navette”. According to the legend, the taille “navette” was called...

    • Nacre

      The iridescent substance secreted by molluscs around a foreign object. Pearls and cultured pearls are covered with nacre by certain species of oysters and mussels.

    • Opale

      An amorphous gemstone that shows the spectral colours called fire on either a white or black background. An orange variety called Fire Opal comes from Mexico and does not always have the fire of...

    • Paillonné enamel

      Ornamental paillons under a layer of transparent enamel (fondant).

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rutilated quartz

      A rock crystal that has inclusions of rutile that looks like golden hair. It belongs to the mono-crystalline family of quartz.

    • Synthetic ruby (Scientific ruby)

      A synthetic stone developed by the chemist Auguste Verneuil in 1891-1892 and made public in 1902. Synthetic rubies, which have exactly the same properties as natural rubies, are used...

    • Transparent

      Transparent materials allow light to pass through them without diffusing it. A large transparent stone allows the observer to read through it.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • Vibration

      Movement of a pendulum or oscillating body between two extreme positions (A' and A''). The balance of a mechanical watch generally makes five vibrations per second, equivalent to 18,000...

    • Wheel-cutting engine

      A machine for cutting the required number of teeth into an unfinished gear after marking the position of each tooth with a dividing plate.

    • 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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