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  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

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  • Watches and Culture

    Bringing watchmaking culture to life: education, original content, industry think tank.

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  • Watches and Wonders

    More than just a destination, a real hub for the industry!

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Who are we

A not-for-profit foundation set up under private law in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and Richemont, the objective of the FHH is to promote and spread the reputation of watchmaking excellence around the world.

It provides information on the latest news, history and skills within the watchmaking professions. It trains, assesses and certifies horological knowledge. It organises large-scale events and encounters intended for both the general public and professionals. A creator of content, competencies, connections and experiences, the FHH is supported by leading names in the watch industry and independent creators, all actively contributing to its activities.


Our areas of expertise

    • Watches and Culture

      Watchmaking is a world of age-old knowledge and know-how, recently recognized by the UNESCO. Belonging to the world of Luxury, the watchmaking culture is not only a mechanical art but also an aesthetic, a history and a heritage, highlighted by the FHH to enable a public of novices, enthusiasts or professionals to appreciate its diversity.

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    • Watches and Wonders

      The Foundation has developed proven expertise in the organization of major events where professionals and lovers of fine watchmaking are able to discover the latest novelties and trends. Watches and Wonders Geneva, dedicated mainly to professionals, has become an essential yearly rendez-vous for the industry. It is enriched by regional events promoting Swiss watchmaking around the globe.

Head office

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

Watches and Culture: Did you know?

  • Timepieces

    Jules Audemars Equation of time

    With perpetual calendar, sunrise and sunset times, astronomical moon, calibre 2120/2808

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Louis Moinet

    French watchmaker and painter. Studied architecture, painting and sculpture in Rome.Taught at the Academy of Fine Arts in Paris.President of the Chronometry Society of Paris.Despite frequenting the most...

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  • History

    1878

    Foundation in Biel of the first Swiss institution to officially control watch rates, acknowledged as the official watch observation bureau in 1893 and now the Bureau officiel des chronomètres (BO).Wristwatches produced in...

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  • Glossary

    • Asterism

      An optical phenomenon of intersecting lines in a star formation, caused by the reflection of light rays on inclusions . It can be seen in certain cabochon-cut stones such as the star ruby and star...

    • Birefringence

      The property of all stones, except those of the cubic crystal system (diamond, garnet and spinel), to divide a passing ray of light in two. Also known as double refraction.

    • Champlevé(e)

      Describes a metal surface that has been hollowed using a graver to form cells that will be filled with enamel.

    • Dead seconds

      A hand that jumps forward when the second has elapsed. Breguet used the expression seconde d'un coup or "sudden second".Generally, the jump of a hand is a distinctive feature of a quartz...

    • Etablissage

      A procedure for manufacturing the watch and/or movement by assembling the various parts. As a general rule, the procedure in full comprises taking delivery of, inspecting and stocking the...

    • Fine stone

      The name given to a non-precious stone. The term "semi-precious stone" is no longer...

    • Green garnet

      Demantoid garnets, a green, and very lustrous type of garnet. They have characteristic inclusions that look like horsetails. Demantoid garnets has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.8 -...

    • Hertz (Hz)

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

    • Inclusion

      An inclusion is a particle of foreign matter found within a gemstone. Inclusions can be another mineral, a liquid or a gas. Inclusions decrease the value of a diamond when visible with a 10X...

    • 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 -...

    • Lever

      Part of a watch or clock escapement, made in steel or brass. The lever, whose form suggests a ship's anchor, has a dual function: it transmits energy from the spring via the wheels to the...

    • Mastership

      The position held by a master. In Switzerland, a master must take an exam and have several years' experience as a watchmaker-repairer. In Geneva, the first masterships date back to...

    • 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.

    • Oscillator

      A device such as a pendulum or balance that produces the oscillations that divide time into equal units: a balance spring in a mechanical watch; a quartz in a quartz watch.

    • Pearl

      An organic gem material found in oysters and mussels. Since 1913, pearls are cultured meaning that a nucleus is inserted in a farmed mollusc. There are many types of cultured pearls: Akoya...

    • 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...

    • Repoussé

      A pattern in relief made by hammering or pressing metal from the reverse side. Gold, silver and copper all lend themselves well to this technique.

    • Spectroscope

      An instrument that shows the wavelengths absorbed by a gemstone. It is a test that permits the identification of certain gemstones.

    • Thread

      The helical rib around a screw shank.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Wind

      The action of tightening the mainspring coiled inside the barrel by means of the winding crown (in a hand-wound watch) or the rotor (in a self-winding watch).

    • 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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