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  • Trends 2019

    The cream of the crop, selected for you
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  • Event

    The Miami Design District celebrated
    Haute Horlogerie from 15th to 17th February 2019

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  • Event

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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 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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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    J12 Haute Joaillerie

    Edition limited to 12 pieces.18K white gold, equipped with an automatic winding mechanical movement with 3 hands.605 baguette-cut diamonds - 33 carats.18K white gold triple-folding buckle.Available in three...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Jean François Bautte

    Swiss clockmaker. The founder, in Geneva, of the most complete factory at the time (300 workers): production of movements, watchcases, dials, jewellery and automatons. With Europe’s Royal Families among his clientele, this...

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  • History

    1747

    Birth of the Swiss watchmaker Abraham Louis Breguet in Neuchâtel (died in Paris in 1823). His inventions included the tourbillon, the pare-chute shock-absorber, the lever escapement with divided impulse faces, the flat...

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  • Glossary

    • Autoquartz

      A movement that functions like a quartz movement yet is wound like a mechanical movement. An auto-recharge mechanism (oscillating weight) tightens the mainspring which, as it unwinds,...

    • Bagnolet (calibre)

      The extra-flat watch movement known as a Bagnolet is an "inverted" calibre, where the dial is on the geartrain side rather than the bottom plate side.So that the time can be read...

    • Cuvette

      A second cover inside a watch's case back, often engraved with inscriptions or the maker's signature, and which provides additional protection against dust.

    • 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...

    • Escapement

      A mechanism that is fitted between the gears and the regulating organ. Its function is to suspend the gears' motion at regular intervals and to supply energy to the balance. The main types...

    • Fork

      In clocks and watches, an extension of the lever that connects the escapement and the pendulum rod or balance.

    • Gears

      A set of wheels and pinions whereby the movement of one sets all the others in motion.There are different types of gears, e.g. winding gears, strike-train, etc.

    • Hatch

      An opening in the case allowing easy access to one of the watch's internal components, usually the battery.

    • Irradiated (treated) diamonds

      Diamonds that have been exposed to radiation in order to change their colour from yellowish to fancy yellow or blue. The change is permanent.

    • 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 -...

    • Light-Emitting Diode (LED)

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

    • Marquise

      A cut gemstone with a boat like shape (55 facets); an oval with two pointed ends. This gem cut is sometimes called a “navette”. According to the legend, the taille “navette” was called...

    • 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.

    • Onyx

      A black agate that is often found as watch dials.

    • Pendant

      The part of a pocket watch that is fixed to the case middle. The different parts of the pendant are the pipe, the head and the neck. The foot is the invisible part that is soldered inside the...

    • 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...

    • Rhodium plating

      A thin protective coating of rhodium on metal that gives a shiny appearance and hardens the surface.

    • Sidereal day

      A unit of time used by astronomers defined as the interval of time taken by a star to make two successive upper meridian transits.

    • Tiger's eye

      Tiger's eye is a yellowish-brown to reddish-brown gemstone that has a silky lustre. It has a brown background with a fibrous yellow lustre. This variety of quartz is used as watch dials.

    • 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-resistance

      A watch's water-resistance is measured in bars (a unit of pressure where 1 bar equals 1 atmosphere or atm). Manufacturers generally indicate this water-resistance in metres (m), feet (ft),...

    • 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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