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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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  • Timepieces

    Jules Audemars Equation of time

    With perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, astronomical moon, calibre 2120/2808

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    Julien-Hilaire Rodanet

    French chronometer-maker. Aged 16, Rodanet moved to Paris and trained further with the chronometer-maker Joseph Thaddéus Winnerl, working with him for a dozen years.His son, Auguste-Hilaire Rodanet, was also a...

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  • History

    1933

    Patents were filed for a chronograph with two push-buttons (Breitling). The company Porte-Echappement Universel (Fritz Marti) invented the « Incabloc » shock absorption system that could be adapted to any calibre. Introduction of the «...

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  • Glossary

    • Agate

      A variety of the quartz group that exists in many different colours and is opaque. This ornamental gemstone is sometimes used for watch dials.

    • Balance spring

      A very fine spring and the "heart" of a mechanical watch. Its ends are affixed to the balance and the balance-cock. Its elasticity allows the balance to make regular oscillations. Its length, and...

    • Chablon

      A watch movement without the dial or hands in which some or all of the parts have yet to be assembled.

    • Dichroism

      The property of certain gemstones that show more than one shade of colour when viewed from different angles. Many gemstones, for example rubies, sapphires and tourmaline, are naturally...

    • Engine turn

      To cut metal with decorative engraving by hand or using an engine turning machine.

    • Fly-back (Retour en vol)

      A function of particular use to pilots by which the chronograph hand can be reset to zero and immediately started again by pressing once on the pushpiece. Indeed, the operation of...

    • Glucidur (Glucydur)

      A highly elastic, hard, amagnetic and corrosion-proof alloy used to make monometallic balances, escapements and balance-springs.

    • 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)....

    • Jeweller

      In its original, eighteenth-century meaning, a jeweller is an expert in the art of mounting precious stones in gold, silver and, later, platinum so as to bring out their full beauty and sparkle....

    • Kunzite

      A transparent pink or light purple gemstone and is a variety of spodumene. The colour of some kunzite can be enhanced by irradiation. Kunzite has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.1 -...

    • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

      Numerals made up of dark bars on a lighter background, or vice versa, for continuous display in electronic digital watches.A digital display shows hours, minutes and seconds in...

    • Morganite

      The pink variety of beryl. It thus has the same specific gravity as aquamarine. Morganite has a hardness of 7.5 - 8 and a specific gravity of 2.71 - 2.90. It was named for J. Pierpoint Morgan, the...

    • Nephrite

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

    • Oiling

      A process used for enhancing a gemstone's colour and transparency. Gemstones that have fissures that touch the surface are often oiled; emeralds are an example.

    • Precious stone

      A precious stone (also called a gemstone) is one that is rare, beautiful and durable.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Retour en vol

      A function of particular use to pilots by which the chronograph hand can be reset to zero and immediately started again by pressing once on the pushpiece. Indeed, the operation of stopping,...

    • Silent

      A manually-operated means of silencing a striking mechanism equipped with this function.

    • Timing

      Before the watch can be timed, the following operations must be completed:pinning, centring and truing the balance spring poising the balance defining the count point...

    • 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...

    • Water-Resistant

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres. See Waterproof

    • 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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