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    WATCHES & WONDERS 2020 will take place
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    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation.

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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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      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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      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.

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      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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  • Timepieces

    Tambour Spin Time Regatta Titanium

    In 2010, La Fabrique du Temps developed an innovative movement for Louis Vuitton that marked the beginning of the Tambour Spin Time collection and its novel display of time on rotating cubes.The Tambour Spin Time Regatta...

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    Louis-Antoine Breguet

    French horologist. Trained in Paris under his father, Abraham-Louis Breguet, and in London, under John Arnold. On the death of his father, in 1823, he took over at the head of the business, established in...

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  • History

    1878

    Foundation in Biel of the first Swiss institution to officially control watch rates, acknowledged as the official watch observation bureau in 1893 and now the Bureau officiel des chronomètres (BO).Wristwatches produced in...

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    • Atmos

      A clock, made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, driven by variations in temperature or atmospheric pressure and invented by Jean-Léon Reutter. The original Atmos, made in 1926, was presented to...

    • Bridge

      A metal plate under which the pivots of the wheels and pinions turn. Both ends of the bridge are secured to the plate by screws. Generally a bridge is named according to its function,...

    • Case middle

      The central part of the watch case that houses the movement. The back and bezel are fixed to the middle. Watchmakers refer to the caseband, bezel-snap and to the movement seat for fitting the...

    • Dart (Guard pin)

      In a lever escapement, a small metal pin which prevents accidental movement of the fork.

    • Etablisseur

      In Switzerland, a watchmaker who buys ébauches and parts to then assemble them.

    • Fabrique

      A term formerly used in Geneva to describe all the different professions involved in watchmaking.

    • Gear train

      A system for transmitting power and motion through toothed wheels. In a watch, the train comprises a wheel whose teeth mesh with a pinion's leaves.

    • Hessonite

      A brown to orange gemstone variety of grossular garnet. This transparent stone has a hardness of 6.5 - 7 and a specific gravity of 3.6. This stone is not enhanced.

    • Indicator

      A watch's indicators are its dial and hands.

    • Jewel

      To set or push fit jewels (ruby bearings) in a watch movement.

    • 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 -...

    • Leap year calendar

      The Leap year calendar takes automatically into account months with less than 31 days and of February, when it counts 28 days. It must be adjusted every fourth year.See Watches with...

    • Moon phases

      A mechanism and display representing the different phases of the moon. A complete lunation takes 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds and is divided into four phases. These are new moon,...

    • Natural pearl

      A natural pearl is also called an oriental pearl. This pearl is formed by an oyster, freshwater mussel or other mollusc as a reaction to a tiny invading object that happened to be caught inside...

    • Oscillator

      A device such as a pendulum or balance that produces the oscillations that divide time into equal units: a balance spring in a mechanical watch; a quartz in a quartz watch.

    • Point

      A point is a hundredth of a carat or 0.01 ct.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rim

      A circular mass held by spokes to form the balance.

    • Step motor

      An electric motor in which at least one part moves as a series of steps. Also known as a Lavet motor after its inventor Marius Lavet, the step motor equips the majority of quartz watches.

    • Terminage

      The assembly and inspection of all the watch's parts.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Wheel-cutting engine

      A machine for cutting the required number of teeth into an unfinished gear after marking the position of each tooth with a dividing plate.

    • 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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