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    • Inform

      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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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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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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    • Recognise

      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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      Establish a reference that encompasses the fundamental values of Fine Watchmaking.

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      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organisation of events where specialists and the general public discover Fine Watchmaking and its major trends. Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, a globally renowned event reserved primarily for professionals, and its B2C equivalent, Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, are the most representative examples.

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    Nicolas Fatio de Duillier

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  • Harry Winston: Opus 9

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    2009

    Opus 9 is awarded the prize for Best Design Watch of the Year by the Jury of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie in Geneva, Switzerland.

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  • Glossary

    • Autoquartz

      A movement that functions like a quartz movement yet is wound like a mechanical movement. An auto-recharge mechanism (oscillating weight) tightens the mainspring which, as it unwinds,...

    • Bow lathe

      The bow is a band of steel strung with a cord, generally gut, which drives the watchmaker's lathe.

    • Cushion cut

      Gemstones cut in a cushion like shape. Cushion cut diamonds were cut in the 18th and 19th century.

    • Dichroism

      The property of certain gemstones that show more than one shade of colour when viewed from different angles. Many gemstones, for example rubies, sapphires and tourmaline, are naturally...

    • Equation of time

      The equation of time is the difference between true solar time and mean time. True solar time, given by sundials, varies from day to day because of the Earth's elliptical orbit, and according to...

    • Fastenings

      Generic term for screws, nuts and bolts.

    • 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.

    • Hatch

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

    • Isochronal (Isochronous)

      Recurring at regular intervals. The oscillations of a pendulum or balance are isochronal when their duration is the same regardless of their amplitude.

    • Jewels

      The international term for the jewels (rubies) in a watch movement that are used as bearings for pivots to reduce friction. The movement of a quality watch has between 15 and 21 jewels.

    • Knot

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

    • 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...

    • Mesh

      A wheel meshes with a pinion when its teeth engage with the pinion's leaves to impart motion.

    • Nephrite

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

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Painting on enamel

      A speciality of Limoges in the sixteenth century and perfected by Jean Toutin in around 1624, this style of painting uses vitrifiable colours.A gold or copper plate is coated with...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rotor

      A semi-circular disc that freely rotates with each movement of the arm to automatically wind the mainspring. Its own weight returns it to a vertical position.A specific system multiplies...

    • Stud

      Pins the outer end of the spiral to the balance-cock either directly or using a mobile stud-holder.

    • Tiger's eye

      Tiger's eye is a yellowish-brown to reddish-brown gemstone that has a silky lustre. It has a brown background with a fibrous yellow lustre. This variety of quartz is used as watch dials.

    • 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...

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • Water clock

      Water clock: clepsydra with a system of gears.

    • 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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