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      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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      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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      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.

       

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      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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  • 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.

    • Brilliant cut

      A round diamond that is cut with 57 or 58 facets or 32 facets + plus the largest facet called the table, 24 are below. The 58th facet is optional and is polished at the point of the diamond.

    • Column wheel

      The wheel which coordinates the start, stop and return to zero functions of the chronograph hand.In a standard quality chronograph, the column wheel is replaced by a system of cames.

    • 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.

    • Enamelwork

      The result of applying enamel. Since the seventeenth century, watch cases and dials have produced some masterpieces of enamelwork.

    • Fluorescence

      The ability of certain gemstones to transform invisible light (ultra violet light) into visible light. Fluorite is such a mineral.

    • Grande complication

      See complication.

    • Hematite

      A natural iron oxide that is a metallic dark to silver-grey with a high sheen. Hematite can be used to make watch dials. It has a specific gravity of 4.95 to 5.16 and a hardness of 6.5 on the...

    • Iolite

      Iolite is a transparent, violet-blue, light blue, or yellow-gray mineral. Iolite is pleochroic; a single stone will show up to 3 colours (in this case violet-blue, light blue, and yellow-gray)....

    • Jumping hour

      A means of display in which the hour, shown through an aperture, instantly changes every 60 minutes.

    • 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.

    • Longitude

      Angle formed by the meridian of a given point, the centre of the Earth and the meridian. The longitude of a point is calculated as the difference between local time at that point and the time at...

    • 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...

    • Niello

      An enamel-like alloy of lead, copper, silver, sulphur and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride). Niello paste is applied over incised gold or silver then fired in the enamellist's furnace. Excess...

    • Official rating certificate

      A document, issued by an Observatory or an official ratings bureau, that certifies the quality of a watch which has proven, in trials, to meet with a given standard. Only a watch that has received...

    • Pawl (Click)

      A lever with a "beak" which, activated by a spring, engages with the teeth of a wheel, usually to allow the wheel to turn in one direction only.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rack

      A toothed segment used in certain passing strike mechanisms that do not have a count wheel (locking plate).

    • Solstice

      When the Sun rises to its southernmost and northernmost positions in relation to the celestial or terrestrial equator. The June and December solstices coincide with the longest and shortest days...

    • Temper

      Heat treatment after quenching whereby metal is heated then slowly cooled. Tempering increases mechanical resistance by reducing the brittleness induced by quenching.

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • Winding mechanism

      The mechanism which tightens the mainspring in a watch or lifts the weights in a clock. It comprises about ten parts (see drawing). The winding and hand-setting mechanisms have nowadays...

    • 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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