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      We have a role to educate both aficionados of watchmaking and the public at large. We achieve this through the production of magazines, reference books, exhibitions, lectures, an online encyclopaedia, and by relaying latest developments in the sector, training and job opportunities. Also as part of this mission to inform, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has compiled a guide to the sector's forty-some professions, for young people who want to make watchmaking their career.

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      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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      From HH Academy to HH Certification, we work actively to develop knowledge of watches and watchmaking, as well as to validate and endorse skills. Year-round, the Foundation delivers a full programme of training, from beginner to expert level. Our goal is to provide the keys to understanding watchmaking, explore its diversity, and safeguard expertise. The Foundation also develops partnerships with schools and training institutes in all areas of the watchmaking and luxury industries.

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      Since 2005, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has acted as a reference for the profession. It integrates notions of excellence, innovation, creativity and a continued heritage. These values were defined by the Cultural Council, which combines the competencies of more than forty international experts. This Council has set out the principles that have accompanied watchmaking from its earliest expression to the present day and into the future.

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      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organisation of events where specialists and the general public discover Fine Watchmaking and its major trends. Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, a globally renowned event reserved primarily for professionals, and its B2C equivalent, Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, are the most representative examples.

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    Greubel Forsey Le garde-temps GMT

    Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey have focused their energy on indicating a second time zone, a complication traditionally denoted by GMT. They offer a three-dimensional temporal representation: A rotating terrestrial globe...

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    Thomas Mudge

    English clockmaker and chronometer maker. Member of the Clockmaker Company (CC.). Free CC.1738. Livery CC.1766. Disciple of Georges Graham. Moved to London (1751) then...

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  • History

    1364

    Giovanni de Dondi of Padua built his Astrarium : an astronomical clock considered to be the wonder of its age. Although the original has disappeared, a replica was made based on detailed descriptions left by its creator.

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  • Glossary

    • Autonomy

      The length of time a clock or watch can function between windings.

    • Burnisher

      Tool for giving a sheen to metals.

    • Cannon pinion

      A friction-fit pinion, part of the motion work, that carries the minute hand.

    • Dividing head (Division plate)

      A disc with evenly spaced notches around its circumference for dividing the circumference of gears prior to cutting the required number of teeth.

    • Endstone

      An undrilled jewel that cushions the pivot of the balance staff.

    • Folding buckle

      An articulated buckle that unfolds when opened. Should the buckle accidentally come open, it will still hold the strap sufficiently in place to prevent the watch from slipping off the wrist.

    • Gears

      A set of wheels and pinions whereby the movement of one sets all the others in motion.There are different types of gears, e.g. winding gears, strike-train, etc.

    • Hour-wheel

      The wheel that carries the hour hand.

    • Imperial jade

      An emerald green variety of jadeite, Imperial jade is very sought after in Asia. It comes from one mine in Myanmar (Burma).

    • Jewels

      The international term for the jewels (rubies) in a watch movement that are used as bearings for pivots to reduce friction. The movement of a quality watch has between 15 and 21 jewels.

    • 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.

    • Manual

      Describes a movement that is wound by hand using the winding crown.

    • 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...

    • Oscillating weight (Rotor)

      In a self-winding movement, a heavy metal disc that turns freely in both directions to wind the mainspring.See rotor.

    • Pulsometer

      A chronograph or sports counter whose dial includes a pulsometric scale to measure the number of heartbeats per minute. Usually calibrated for 15 or 30 beats, the hand is stopped at the patient's...

    • 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...

    • Rutilated quartz

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

    • Split-seconds chronograph

      The split-seconds chronograph is used to time different events that begin but do not end together. When set, the hand of the chronograph and the hand of the split seconds button when the first...

    • Tsavorite

      A rare, deep green variety of grossular garnet. The green colour comes from vanadium and chromium. A Tsavorite of over two carats are very rare. This gemstone has a hardness of 7.5 and a specific...

    • Ultra-complicated watch

      Any function other than the indication of hours, minutes and seconds, regardless of whether the mechanism is hand-wound or self-winding, mechanical or electronic, and of movement height. The...

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • 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.

    • 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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