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    The 6th Hommage à la Passion and Hommage au Talent awards were presented on Wednesday April 18th 2018.

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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.

       

      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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      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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      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.

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      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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  • Glossary

    • Arbor

      A synonym of axle (barrel arbor). A toothed wheel is fixed to the arbor, which is usually cylindrical, and both revolve.

    • Bolt

      A catch that can be operated from the outside of a watch case to trigger a mechanism, for example to set the hands.

    • Crystal

      A crystal is a mineral whose atoms form a very regular structure. Most gemstones are found as crystals.

    • Die

      A tempered steel tool with sharp edges for cutting and shaping various parts. A stamping press uses a die set. Watchmakers use small cylindrical dies in tempered steel whose end may or may...

    • 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...

    • File

      A hand tool of various shapes and sizes, made from tempered steel and used to give an object its rough or final form.

    • Gold

      Gold has seduced the world with its beauty, but also because not even acid can alter its natural properties. An estimated 130,000 tons have been extracted from the earth since prehistoric times,...

    • Heliotrope

      Heliotrope is also known as bloodstone. It is a variety of chalcedony that is dark green with red specks. Heliotrope is used as watch dials.

    • Invar

      Alloy of iron and nickel whose low coefficient of thermal expansion was discovered by Charles Edouard Guillaume. Invar (abbreviation of invariable) belongs to the Elinvar family of metals...

    • Jewel

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

    • Knot

      A raised mineral inclusion in a diamond found at the surface.

    • Lever héliaque d'un astre

      An annual occurrence which marks the end of a period of invisibility that began with the star's heliacal setting due to conjunction with the rising Sun.

    • 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...

    • Nephrite

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

    • Oiling

      A process used for enhancing a gemstone's colour and transparency. Gemstones that have fissures that touch the surface are often oiled; emeralds are an example.

    • Pillar

      In antique watches, small columns of various shapes (e.g. cylindrical, conical, baluster) that join together two plates in the mechanism.After 1660, pillars were often tastefully...

    • 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...

    • Repair

      To restore a watch to a functioning state.

    • Snap

      In a watch case, the groove around the bezel which secures the crystal.

    • Thread

      The helical rib around a screw shank.

    • 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...

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • Watch

      A portable timepiece that functions in all positions. A watch comprises three essential parts: The movement made up of the different mechanical components required to keep...

    • 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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