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  • Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021

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  • FHH Academy

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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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    • 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.

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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 Watches and Wonders - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals.

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  • Timepieces

    RM 010-1

    A skeletonized wristwatch with variable inertia rotor that allows the user to adapt the winding rotor - with its variable geometry and 18-carat white gold "wings" - to their lifestyle. It represents a new innovation...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Frédéric Louis Favre-Bulle

    Swiss clockmaker and chronometer maker. Brother-in-law of Jacques Frédéric Houriet. Uncle of Sylvain Mairet and Louis Richard known as Bressel, renowned manufacturers of precision watches and chronometers. Pioneered...

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  • History

    1907

    Ultrathin: LeCoultre created the world's thinnest pocket watch movement, at 1.38 mm.

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  • Glossary

    • Arabic numerals

      1, 2, 3, etc. Arabic numerals, which were widely used on watch dials towards the eighteenth century, allow greater scope for fantasy than their Roman counterparts. The majority of fine-quality...

    • Bent index

      The balance spring stud and curb pins are usually within a 90° angle. In a "bent" index, this angle is smaller to reduce the distance between the stud and the pins.

    • Chronocomparator

      A device for rapidly verifying a watch's rate.

    • Drift

      The variation in rate of a timepiece.

    • Electroluminescence

      The emission of light by certain substances when subjected to an electric field.

    • Fancy diamonds

      Rare diamonds which are naturally red, blue, green, or purple. Their price mainly depends on the saturation and quality of colour.

    • Gemmology

      The study of precious stones.

    • Hatch

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

    • 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...

    • Jumping hour

      A means of display in which the hour, shown through an aperture, instantly changes every 60 minutes.

    • 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...

    • Malachite

      An opaque ornamental stone with striations of deep and light green- Used by the ancient Egyptians in jewellery, today it is sometimes found on watch dials. Malachite has a hardness of 4 and a...

    • Nephrite

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

    • Oval

      A brilliant cut with an oval rather than round girdle (55 facets). Invented in the 1960s, it is increasingly popular for solitaire engagement rings or as a centre-stone surrounded by two...

    • Precious stone

      A precious stone (also called a gemstone) is one that is rare, beautiful and durable.

    • 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...

    • Refraction

      The bending of a light ray when in enters an optically denser medium at an angle.

    • Stopwork

      System that controls tension to the mainspring when wound. The best-known stopwork mechanism is the "Maltese cross".

    • Timer

      A watchmaker who carries out timing operations.

    • 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.

    • Waterproof

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres.See also ATM; water-resistant.

    • 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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