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  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

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  • Watches and Culture

    Bringing watchmaking culture to life: education, original content, industry think tank.

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    More than just a destination, a real hub for the industry!

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Who are we

A not-for-profit foundation set up under private law in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and Richemont, the objective of the FHH is to promote and spread the reputation of watchmaking excellence around the world.

It provides information on the latest news, history and skills within the watchmaking professions. It trains, assesses and certifies horological knowledge. It organises large-scale events and encounters intended for both the general public and professionals. A creator of content, competencies, connections and experiences, the FHH is supported by leading names in the watch industry and independent creators, all actively contributing to its activities.


Our areas of expertise

    • Watches and Culture

      Watchmaking is a world of age-old knowledge and know-how, recently recognized by the UNESCO. Belonging to the world of Luxury, the watchmaking culture is not only a mechanical art but also an aesthetic, a history and a heritage, highlighted by the FHH to enable a public of novices, enthusiasts or professionals to appreciate its diversity.

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    • Watches and Wonders

      The Foundation has developed proven expertise in the organization of major events where professionals and lovers of fine watchmaking are able to discover the latest novelties and trends. Watches and Wonders Geneva, dedicated mainly to professionals, has become an essential yearly rendez-vous for the industry. It is enriched by regional events promoting Swiss watchmaking around the globe.

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Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

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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.

    • Blanc roulant

      A working movement without its escapement and ready for assembly, rating, adjusting and finishing.

    • Crystal systems

      Crystals are divided into seven crystal systems (six for the USA) according to their optical properties and their basic crystal structure. The seven crystal systems are: cubic tetragonal,...

    • Dead seconds

      A hand that jumps forward when the second has elapsed. Breguet used the expression seconde d'un coup or "sudden second".Generally, the jump of a hand is a distinctive feature of a quartz...

    • 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...

    • Faceting

      The cutting and polishing of the flat surfaces of a gem.

    • 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.

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • Isochronal (Isochronous)

      Recurring at regular intervals. The oscillations of a pendulum or balance are isochronal when their duration is the same regardless of their amplitude.

    • 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.

    • Lapis lazuli

      A rich blue opaque gemstone often used in watch dials. It is specked with pyrite that looks like gold. Lapis has a hardness of 5.5; it has a specific gravity of 2.4 to 2.9. Lapis lazuli is not a...

    • 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...

    • Nickel silver (German silver)

      A silver-white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc developed in France circa 1820 by Maillot and Chorier from whom it takes its name.

    • Opaque

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

    • Pear shape

      The second most popular cut after the round brilliant. The pear (56 facets) is a combination of the round and marquise cuts.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Roman numeral IIII on dials

      Roman numerals have never served for calculating but are a system of notation used to indicate numbers. Like the majority of number systems in Antiquity, Roman numerals are written using the...

    • Scale

      Graduations on the dial or bezel from which different measures can be read. A tachymeter scale measures the speed of a moving object over a given distance in kilometres, miles or...

    • Tourbillon

      A system devised and patented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801 to compensate for errors of rate caused by the Earth's gravitational force in upright positions. The escapement is mounted in...

    • Universal hour

      One twenty-fourth of the universal day which begins at midnight at the Prime Meridian at Greenwich. Following the 1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington, the Earth was divided...

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • Waterproof

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres.See also ATM; water-resistant.

    • 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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