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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 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.


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Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

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  • Timepieces

    "Classic Fusion Chronograph"

    Hublot is proud to present the first Classic Fusion Chronograph. With a dial finished in matte black, two counters, baton indexes and a date window at 6 o'clock, this new product draws its elegance from the classic and timeless values...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Jean André Lepaute

    Clockmaker to Louis XV of France. French clockmaker and older brother of Jean-Baptiste Lepaute. The Lepaute family was an important watchmaking dynasty throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.The tower clocks he...

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  • History

    1847

    Antoine LeCoultre's keyless winding mechanism.

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  • Glossary

    • Argand burner

      An oil lamp once used by watchmakers as lighting.

    • Burnish

      To polish the pivots using a burnisher (polishing tool).

    • Clarity

      Clarity is the absence of inclusions in a gemstone. The clarity scale for diamonds runs from IF (Internally flawless, with no internal characteristics), to I3 (having many clearly visible...

    • Dynamograph

      Indicates the amount of tension in the mainspring so as to maintain it within ideal limits. Developed for watches by Audemars Piguet, it indicates the torque supplied by the mainspring. As long as...

    • Engage

      To set in motion, to connect two mechanical systems by means of a mechanical, electrical or other device. When a watch is set to the right time, the winding stem engages with the sliding pinion...

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • Hammer

      A metal part that strikes gongs causing them to vibrate and produce sound. See...

    • Index (Regulator)

      A device for adjusting a watch's rate by increasing or reducing the effective length of the balance spring. The index is a steel lever, the shorter end of which carries the curb pins which embrace...

    • 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...

    • Knot

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

    • Labradorite

      A variety of plagioclase feldspar that has a greyish background with flashes of colour called labradorescence. It is used as watch dials. Labradorite has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 and a specific...

    • Meridian

      An imaginary circle intersecting the Earth's poles. The meridian of a given location is the circle that intersects it and the two poles. The Greenwich meridian is taken as the prime meridian. Time...

    • Nacre

      The iridescent substance secreted by molluscs around a foreign object. Pearls and cultured pearls are covered with nacre by certain species of oysters and mussels.

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Pillar

      In antique watches, small columns of various shapes (e.g. cylindrical, conical, baluster) that join together two plates in the mechanism.After 1660, pillars were often tastefully...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rutilated quartz

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

    • 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...

    • Thread

      The helical rib around a screw shank.

    • 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...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Watch

      A portable timepiece that functions in all positions. A watch comprises three essential parts: The movement made up of the different mechanical components required to keep...

    • 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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