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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.

Head office

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

Watches and Culture: Did you know?

  • Timepieces

    Le Pont des Amoureux

    The story begins under an autumn sky in the most beautiful city in the world. Surrounded by centuries of history, two lovers set off to meet each other. On a dial of contre-jour enamelling, Le Pont des Amoureux timepiece sets the scene...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Pierre Augustin Caron dit Beaumarchais

    French clockmaker, son of André Charles. Brother-in-law of Jean Antoine Lépine. Watchmaker to the King in 1755. Writer and playwright known as Beaumarchais.

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  • History

    1861

    Birth, in Fleurier, of Charles-Edouard Guillaume (1861-1938), a physicist and inventor of the alloys invar and elinvar (1919), alloys which compensate for the...

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  • Glossary

    • Accutron

      The first electronic watch, controlled by a tuning fork and launched by Bulova in 1960.

    • Balance cock (modern)

      A bridge with a lug anchored to a stud. An index (or regulator) passes over a scale indicating Fast Slow in English, Avance Retard in French.

    • Chronograph

      A watch indicating hours, minutes and seconds combined with a mechanism whose hand can be started, stopped and returned to zero on demand to measure a duration to one fifth, tenth or even...

    • Date

      The number, in order, of each day in the month.

    • Enamel

      A vitreous substance whose main component is silica mixed with oxides (transition metals) that create a vast palette of colours. Enamel is used to decorate metal surfaces, in particular gold,...

    • Fresh water cultured pearl

      A cultured pearl that was formed in a freshwater mussel.

    • Girdle

      The girdle is the widest perimeter of a gemstone that separates the top (crown) and the bottom (pavilion) of a cut gem.

    • Hand

      A variously shaped indicator made from a thin piece of lightweight metal and which moves round a dial, with or without graduations. Most watches have three hands, one each for the hours, minutes...

    • Iridescence

      The spectral colours seen on certain gems due to interference of light. Mother of pearl, used for watch dials is iridescent.

    • 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.

    • 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...

    • Melee

      A small diamond that weighs under 1/5 carat or 0.20 carat.

    • 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...

    • Oscillating pinion

      The oscillating pinion, which comprises a mobile stem and two pinions, allows the chronograph to function very efficiently by replacing the two large wheels of the anterior movements. A coupling...

    • Precision timer

      The person who times chronometers and watches of similar quality.

    • 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...

    • Ruby

      A very hard red stone that is a type of corundum (aluminium oxide). Ruby is especially suited to making bearings (jewels) for the watch's different moving parts and the organs of the escapement,...

    • Simple calendar (watch)

      Simple calendar: shows the date, i.e. the number, in order, of each day in the month. Certain simple calendars also display the names of the months. A simple calendar...

    • Terminal coil

      The incurved ends of the balance-spring to improve isochronism. Invented by Breguet and perfected by Phillips and others, hence often referred to as a "Phillips curve" or "Breguet overcoil".

    • 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.

    • Water

      The transparency and clarity of a precious stone; the orient and lustre of a pearl.

    • 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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