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  • Watches and Wonders 2021

    From Geneva to Shanghai, Watches and Wonders 2021 brings the leading names in watchmaking worldwide.

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  • FHH Academy

    Discover the world of Fine Watchmaking through workshops, conferences and training courses.

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  • News

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

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  • Sustainable development

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  • Trends 2019

    The cream of the crop, selected for you
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    • 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 Watches and Wonders - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals.

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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase

    One moon - two hemispheres Classical and elegant, the Montblanc Star display round cases, black Arabic numerals and sumptuous finishes in the tradition of Haute Horlogerie, such as guilloché dials, endow these watches with a...

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    Louis Moinet

    French watchmaker and painter. Studied architecture, painting and sculpture in Rome.Taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris.President of the Chronometry Society of Paris.Despite frequenting the most...

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  • History

    1790

    In Geneva, Jacquet-Droz and Leschot manufactured a watch attached to a strap which they recorded in their accounts book.

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  • Glossary

    • Amagnetic

      Which does not have magnetic properties.

    • Bort

      Industrial diamond that is used for polishing.

    • Common year

      A year that is not a leap year.

    • 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...

    • Engine-turning (Guilloché)

      A style of hand or machine engraving with intersecting wavy or straight lines. When the piece is moved horizontally or vertically against the tool, the finished effect is guilloché, compared with...

    • Fancy cut

      Fancy cut stones are cut in any form other than a brilliant cut. Some fancy cuts include the heart, oval, marquise, navette, kite, and triangle.

    • Goshenite

      Goshenite is the pure, colourless variety of beryl (Be3AlSiO6), related to emerald and aquamarine.

    • Heart-shaped

      A type of brilliant cut that is perfect for romantic and special occasions. Correctly executed, a heart-shaped diamond has good fire and brilliance. It has 54 facets and a culet.

    • Impulse

      Movement transmitted by a mechanical part. In a lever escapement, the impulse occurs via the impulse surface of the wheel tooth and the pallet.

    • 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 -...

    • Light-Emitting Diode (LED)

      A segmented luminous source used to display numerals on electronic digital watches. Operated by a push-button.

    • Moonstone

      A variety of orthoclase feldspar that shows a bluish white glow that is called adularescence. It is usually whitish-blue, but can be colourless, yellow, orange, gray, or even reddish. Moonstone is...

    • 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.

    • 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...

    • Paillon

      A tiny motif cut out of gold or silver and used to decorate enamelwork.

    • 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...

    • Rhodochrosite

      An ornamental gemstone that is pink with white veins. As with most ornamental gemstones it is used for watch dials.

    • Sunrise and sunset

      Period between the rising and setting of the Sun. A 24-hour interval, determined by the Earth's rotation on its axis.See "Day"

    • Temper

      Heat treatment after quenching whereby metal is heated then slowly cooled. Tempering increases mechanical resistance by reducing the brittleness induced by quenching.

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • Wheel

      A circular component that rotates around an axis and whose function is to transmit power or motion.

    • 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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