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      We have a role to educate both aficionados of watchmaking and the public at large. We achieve this through the production of magazines, reference books, exhibitions, lectures, an online encyclopaedia, and by relaying latest developments in the sector, training and job opportunities. Also as part of this mission to inform, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has compiled a guide to the sector's forty-some professions, for young people who want to make watchmaking their career.

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      From HH Academy to HH Certification, we work actively to develop knowledge of watches and watchmaking, as well as to validate and endorse skills. Year-round, the Foundation delivers a full programme of training, from beginner to expert level. Our goal is to provide the keys to understanding watchmaking, explore its diversity, and safeguard expertise. The Foundation also develops partnerships with schools and training institutes in all areas of the watchmaking and luxury industries.

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      Since 2005, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has acted as a reference for the profession. It integrates notions of excellence, innovation, creativity and a continued heritage. These values were defined by the Cultural Council, which combines the competencies of more than forty international experts. This Council has set out the principles that have accompanied watchmaking from its earliest expression to the present day and into the future.

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  • Glossary

    • Assembly

      The positioning of the different movement parts in relation to each other.

    • Balance cock (modern)

      A bridge with a lug anchored to a stud. An index (or regulator) passes over a scale indicating Fast Slow in English, Avance Retard in French.

    • Case up

      To insert and secure the movement inside the case.

    • Drift

      The variation in rate of a timepiece.

    • Engine turn

      To cut metal with decorative engraving by hand or using an engine turning machine.

    • Fresh water cultured pearl

      A cultured pearl that was formed in a freshwater mussel.

    • Goldsmith

      A craftsman who produces decorative objects in precious metals, as well as in pewter and copper.

    • Heart-shaped

      A type of brilliant cut that is perfect for romantic and special occasions. Correctly executed, a heart-shaped diamond has good fire and brilliance. It has 54 facets and a culet.

    • Indicator

      A watch's indicators are its dial and hands.

    • 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...

    • Knot

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

    • Lépine watch (Open-face)

      In a pocket watch, a structure in which the seconds hand is positioned in line with the winding stem, as opposed to the hunter calibre in which the seconds hand is at a right angle to the winding...

    • Movement

      The duly-assembled organs and mechanisms of a watch, meaning the winding and hand-setting mechanism, the mainspring, the gears, the escapement and the regulating organ (spring...

    • Natural pearl

      A natural pearl is also called an oriental pearl. This pearl is formed by an oyster, freshwater mussel or other mollusc as a reaction to a tiny invading object that happened to be caught inside...

    • 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.

    • Perpétuelle

      A term used by Breguet to refer to a self-winding watch.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Repair

      To restore a watch to a functioning state.

    • Set (to)

      To secure a stone of any cut or size in metal. The stone and the metal are generally precious. The jeweller prepares the hole in which the stone is seated.

    • Thermal compensator

      A device, generally made from two metals that dilate differently, used in clocks and watches to compensate the effects of heat and cold on rate.

    • 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...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Water-Resistant

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres. See Waterproof

    • 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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