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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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      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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  • Timepieces

    The Hublot "Antikythera" Watch

    The "Antikythera" watch represents the perfect fusion between ancient and modern times.This timepiece is a tribute to the Antikythera mechanism. This fabled astronomical calculator, which dates from the 2nd century BC,...

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    Louis-Frédéric Perrelet

    Swiss clockmaker. Grandson of Abraham Louis Perrelet. Apprenticeship in Switzerland. Established in Paris. Worked for Abraham Louis Breguet. Construction of chronometers and astronomic clocks.

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  • History

    1922

    The English watchmaker John Harwood sought to improve the watch's water-resistance by doing away with the crown and stem. He filed a patent in 1923.

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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...

    • Bezel or collet setting

      The stone is encircled by a strip of metal which is pressed over so as to extend slightly over the girdle. This closed setting is the oldest and most resistant.

    • calibre-cut

      Small gemstones that are cut into special shape (usually a step cut) that are mostly used in watch bezels.

    • Day

      Period between the rising and setting of the Sun. A 24-hour interval, determined by the Earth's rotation on its axis.

    • Ephemeris

      A table, published annually, showing the positions of the stars and planets.

    • Flange

      The part inside a watch case that supports the movement. dial and the dial plate, freeing space in which many of the striking mechanism parts could be housed. The parts thus placed under...

    • Gild

      To cover an object with a thin layer of gold, generally by electroplating. In a watch, the case but also the movement's plate and bridges can be gilded.

    • Hand-setting

      The action of adjusting a watch's hands to the time shown on a reference clock.

    • Index (Regulator)

      A device for adjusting a watch's rate by increasing or reducing the effective length of the balance spring. The index is a steel lever, the shorter end of which carries the curb pins which embrace...

    • Jade

      Jade is a gem group with jadeite and nephrite as the two varieties. Jadeite is the variety that ranges in colour from green to white to lilac to brown to almost black. Nephrite, the more ancient...

    • Karrusel

      A device similar to the tourbillon, the difference being that the cage is driven by the third wheel. Invented by Bonnicksen, a Danish watchmaker established in London.See complication.

    • Lapidary

      A craftsman who cuts, polishes and sells coloured and precious stones. A lapidary who specializes in diamonds is called a diamond-cutter.

    • Mystery setting

      A groove is cut into a baguette stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible.This technique was patented in...

    • Niello

      An enamel-like alloy of lead, copper, silver, sulphur and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride). Niello paste is applied over incised gold or silver then fired in the enamellist's furnace. Excess...

    • Opaque

      An optical characteristic of certain gemstones that do not transmit light either due to a very saturated colour or numerous inclusions.

    • Palladium

      A rare metal of the platinum group. Palladium is used in Fine Jewellery alloys for its whiteness and durability.

    • 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.

    • Smoky quartz

      Smoky quartz is the brown variety of mono crystalline quartz.

    • Termineur

      An independent workshop or independent watchmaker assembling all or some of a watch, using parts supplied by an établisseur or manufacture.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Winding mechanism

      The mechanism which tightens the mainspring in a watch or lifts the weights in a clock. It comprises about ten parts (see drawing). The winding and hand-setting mechanisms have nowadays...

    • 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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