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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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    • 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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      Events

      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    L.U.C Collection

    The L.U.C collection tastefully embodies a refined blend of contemporary design, innovative technology and traditional craftsmanship. Entirely conceived, developed and crafted in the Chopard workshops in Fleurier and in Geneva,...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Louis Leroy

    French clockmaker and chronometer maker. Clockmaker to the Navy. Member of the Bureau des Longitudes (nominated in 1914).

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  • History

    2000

    First results of research into silicon as a material for wristwatch escapements.François-Paul Journe unveiled the first resonance watch.

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  • Glossary

    • Atm (atmosphere)

      Unit of measure to indicate a watch's water-resistance, specifically its capacity to resist pressure, based on standard atmospheric pressure defined as 101.325 kilopascals (kPa) equivalent to...

    • Bell

      A small, flattened bell in a clock, watch or alarm that is struck with a hammer. In a repeater-watch, bells are replaced by gongs which are strips of tempered steel, firmly secured at one end. The...

    • Crown (watchmaking)

      The winding crown is a knurled or fluted button of various shapes, held between the thumb and forefinger and used to wind the watch. Some crowns incorporate a mobile pushbutton for operating a...

    • Digital

      A system controlled by the watch movement to indicate the time. An alphanumerical (or numerical) display uses letters and numerals (or just numerals) to show the time.An...

    • Etablissage

      A procedure for manufacturing the watch and/or movement by assembling the various parts. As a general rule, the procedure in full comprises taking delivery of, inspecting and stocking the...

    • Fluting

      Grooves cut the length of a rod, pillar or button. Fluting makes it easier to grip the winding-crown.

    • Governor

      A device for slowing and regulating motion. In striking clocks and watches, the fly wheel has vanes which regulate the speed of the striking train. The same result is achieved by a...

    • Hand

      A variously shaped indicator made from a thin piece of lightweight metal and which moves round a dial, with or without graduations. Most watches have three hands, one each for the hours, minutes...

    • Intermediate wheel

      A small toothed wheel, part of the hand-setting mechanism.

    • Jumping hour

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

    • Knot

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

    • 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...

    • Mother-of-pearl

      Natural mother-of-pearl is the iridescent surface of the inside of certain shells. It is used as watch dials giving big stainless steel watches a rich appearance. Synthetic mother-of-pearl...

    • Nephrite

      A family of the jade group of ornamental gemstones. Nephrite is slightly softer that jadeite and is often veined.

    • Ornamental gems

      Any microcrystalline gemstone. Some examples are: Agate, Onyx, Sodalite, Malachite, etc. These ornamental stones are mostly used for watch dials.

    • Princess cut

      A square-cut stone that has the crown facets of a brilliant cut.

    • 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...

    • Red diamond

      A rare fancy diamond that is quite valuable.

    • Strap

      A means of attaching the watch around the wrist. A strap can be in gold, silver, steel, leather, exotic skin, etc. and in styles from the simplest to the most elaborate.

    • Tuning-fork

      A two-pronged metal instrument mounted with quartz crystals. An electromagnet maintains the crystals' vibrations. These vibrations activate a pawl which advances the drive wheel, one tooth at a...

    • Under-dial work

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

    • Vagues de Genève

      Synonym of Côtes de Genève. A decoration of undulating lines, like waves, frequently used to embellish superior quality movements.

    • Wind

      The action of tightening the mainspring coiled inside the barrel by means of the winding crown (in a hand-wound watch) or the rotor (in a self-winding watch).

    • Year

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

    • Zodiac

      At the heart of countless legends and beliefs, since ancient times precious stones have had symbolic value. From the Jews to the Egyptians, each culture and religion has given a different meaning...

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