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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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    • Age of the moon

      The time between successive new moons, shown on a watch dial from 1 to 29½ days, corresponding to the period of lunar revolution around the Earth.

    • Briolette

      A drop shaped gemstone cut that has many triangular facettes.

    • Crystal

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

    • Disc

      A flat, thin, round plate. The calendar disc rotates under the dial; its indications are shown through an aperture. Other discs display the day, month or moon phase.

    • Emerald

      The saturated green variety of the Beryl family. Its colour is due to minute traces of chromium or sometimes vanadium. Inclusions in emerald are called jardins from the French word for garden....

    • Fine stone

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

    • Gemmology

      The study of precious stones.

    • Horology

      The science of measuring time.

    • Independent seconds

      A large hand in the centre of the dial, driven by a separate train to the hours and minutes, and making one jump forward every second.

    • 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...

    • 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 -...

    • Lapis lazuli

      A rich blue opaque gemstone often used in watch dials. It is specked with pyrite that looks like gold. Lapis has a hardness of 5.5; it has a specific gravity of 2.4 to 2.9. Lapis lazuli is not a...

    • Melee

      A small diamond that weighs under 1/5 carat or 0.20 carat.

    • 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.

    • Oscillating weight (Rotor)

      In a self-winding movement, a heavy metal disc that turns freely in both directions to wind the mainspring.See rotor.

    • Prong or claw setting

      The stone is held in place by prongs (claws). These prongs, which can be of any width or length, are pressed over the stone then beaded.

    • 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...

    • Roman numeral IIII on dials

      Roman numerals have never served for calculating but are a system of notation used to indicate numbers. Like the majority of number systems in Antiquity, Roman numerals are written using the...

    • Screw

      A fastening comprising a cylindrical shaft, grooved along part or all its length, and a head with a slot for the screwdriver.

    • Train

      In a watch, the wheels and pinions. In a simple watch, the going train comprises the barrel, the centre pinion, the centre wheel, the third wheel and pinion, the fourth wheel and pinion...

    • Universal Time (UT)

      Since 1972, a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian. Universal Time (UT) is a measurement of time based on the Earth's...

    • Vagues de Genève

      Synonym of Côtes de Genève. A decoration of undulating lines, like waves, frequently used to embellish superior quality movements.

    • Water

      The transparency and clarity of a precious stone; the orient and lustre of a pearl.

    • 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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