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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

    Replay all the SIHH 2019 highlights in video

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  • HH Journal

    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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Our areas of expertise

    • 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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Our Partner Brands

A. Lange & Söhne H. Moser & Cie Christophe Claret Roger Dubuis MB&F Carl F. Bucherer De Bethune Ferdinand Berthoud Bovet 1822 Cartier Chopard Voutilainen Van Cleef & Arpels Chanel Panerai Parmigiani Fleurier Ulysse Nardin Hautlence Breitling Louis Vuitton Hermès Romain Gauthier Richard Mille Zenith Jaeger-LeCoultre Bulgari F.P. Journe RJ HYT Urwerk Ressence Laurent Ferrier Girard-Perregaux Montblanc DeWitt Vacheron Constantin Piaget Greubel Forsey Audemars Piguet Grönefeld Speake-Marin IWC TAG Heuer Armin Strom

Innovate, inspire, amaze! Take a closer look at the Fine Watch brands, and share in the creativity and vision that bring their timepieces to life. These brands give form to centuries of expertise and an avant-garde spirit in tune with tomorrow's world. They are the bridge between tradition and modernity.

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  • Timepieces

    Lady Arpels Papillon

    On the dial of the Lady Arpels Papillon watch appears one of the House's icons: the butterfly. Part of the Van Cleef & Arpels world since the beginning, the butterfly is a symbol for a happy and care free Nature, as well as the...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Georges-Auguste Leschot

    Swiss clockmaker and mechanic. Son of Jean Frédéric Leschot. Pioneer of interchangeability in clockmaking by the invention of machine tools for Vacheron Constantin.

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  • History

    1858

    Foundation by Henri Grandjean of the Observatoire de Neuchâtel whose role was to transmit the exact time by telegraph.

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  • Glossary

    • Alarm

      A pocket watch, wristwatch or clock that automatically sounds at a preset time. The alarm function regained in popularity with the launch, by Eterna in 1908, of a wristwatch with alarm.

    • Bort

      Industrial diamond that is used for polishing.

    • Cycloid

      A small spiral spring, invented by isochronism to the pendulum's oscillations.

    • Diamond

      Diamond is the hardest and most luminous precious stone. The price of a diamond is calculated according to the 4C criteria: Cut - Carat - Clarity - Color. The weight of a diamond is expressed in...

    • Endstone

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

    • Feuille

      A hand in the form of a leaf.

    • Gemstone

      A gemstone (also called a precious stone) is a mineral that is rare, durable and beautiful. A few organic materials, like amber, coral and pearls are also considered gemstones.

    • Hour-wheel

      The wheel that carries the hour hand.

    • Indicator

      A watch's indicators are its dial and hands.

    • Jasper

      An opaque, ornamental stone found in many colours, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped, speckled, and multi-coloured and is used in watch making as a dial. Jasper...

    • 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.

    • Lever

      A rigid part that rocks on a resting point. In watches, certain levers command a function or set a position.

    • Moissanite

      A colourless diamond imitation.

    • 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...

    • Opaque

      An optical characteristic of certain gemstones that do not transmit light either due to a very saturated colour or numerous inclusions.

    • Pellaton (winding system)

      The Pellaton automatic winding system was developed by Albert Pellaton, then technical director at IWC, and patented in 1946. The system was further improved in 1950.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Regulating parts

      The regulating organ (balance and spring) with the escapement.

    • Skeleton movement

      A movement whose plate and bridges have been cut away to expose the wheels, leaving only the substance which the watch needs to function. The movement is placed between two sapphire crystals to be...

    • Transparent

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

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

      A watch whose dial shows the time of places in different time zones.

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • 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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