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      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.

       

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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.

       

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  • Timepieces

    The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain

    Greubel Forsey launches the Tourbillon 24 Secondes Contemporain , which is characterised by its round case and the emphasis on the technical aspects of the movement, particularly the tourbillon. With the Tourbillon 24 Secondes...

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    Nicolas Copernicus

    Polish canon, professor of mathematics, doctor and astronomer. A student of the Italian astronomer, Domenico Maria Novara (Bologna 1496-1500).Developed heliocentrism, a new theory on the movement of the planets...

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  • History

    1838

    Louis Audemars' keyless winding mechanism.

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  • Glossary

    • Autonomy

      The length of time a clock or watch can function between windings.

    • Bezel

      A ring around the case middle that secures the crystal. A rotating bezel records additional information such as the duration of a given phenomenon. The bezel on a diving watch is...

    • Column wheel

      The wheel which coordinates the start, stop and return to zero functions of the chronograph hand.In a standard quality chronograph, the column wheel is replaced by a system of cames.

    • Dumortierite

      A blue to violet ornamental stone silicate mineral that is used as used for watch dials. Dumortierite has a hardness of 7 - 8.5 and a specific gravity of 3.3 - 3.4.

    • Ebauche

      An unfinished movement sold as such. Until circa 1850, an ébauche comprised only the plate, bridges, fusee and barrel. It was known as a blanc and was finished at the...

    • Frame

      J.C. Nicolet defines the frame as the chassis inside which all the parts of the watch movement are housed. A clock frame comprises two plates whereas a watch, and in particular wristwatch,...

    • Gnomon

      One of the very first instruments for measuring time, the gnomon is a vertically-positioned stick, tree, person or any object which, by the position and length of its shadow, indicates the hour of...

    • Hertz (Hz)

      A unit of frequency of a periodic phenomenon equal to one cycle per second.

    • Irradiation

      The treatment of certain gemstones by radiation to change or enhance their colour. Blue Topaz is often irradiated to bring out the blue of the gemstone.

    • Jewels

      The international term for the jewels (rubies) in a watch movement that are used as bearings for pivots to reduce friction. The movement of a quality watch has between 15 and 21 jewels.

    • 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 -...

    • Longitude

      Angle formed by the meridian of a given point, the centre of the Earth and the meridian. The longitude of a point is calculated as the difference between local time at that point and the time at...

    • Mysterious (clock or watch)

      A system patented by Armand Schwob et Frères on January 24th 1889 and used later by Cartier in particular. Inspired by Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin's clocks, it uses transparent crystal discs...

    • Nephrite

      A family of the jade group of ornamental gemstones. Nephrite is slightly softer that jadeite and is often veined.

    • Onyx

      A black agate that is often found as watch dials.

    • Padparadsha sapphire

      An orange coloured sapphire that has a pink tone. The name padparadsha comes from the Sinhalese word for lotus flower.

    • 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...

    • Snow setting

      Diamonds are set side by side, playing on variations in diameter, from 0.5mm to 1.6mm, to completely cover the metal. Each stone is rigorously selected, as the very smallest must blend seamlessly...

    • Transfer

      Apply markings (numerals, signature, etc.) to the dial by means of a gelatine pad pressed onto an engraved and inked block.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

      A watch whose dial shows the time of places in different time zones.

    • 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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