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    The 8th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie
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    "We are pleased to welcome HYT
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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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      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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      The keys to understanding Fine Watchmaking, from beginner to expert level, with HH Academy.

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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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      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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  • Timepieces

    Sonnerie Souveraine

    The Sonnerie Souveraine includes a grande and petite sonnerie striking the quarters in passing, a silent mode, and a minute repeater striking on request. 

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Pierre Jaquet-Droz

    Swiss clockmaker and mechanic. Father of Henri Louis Jaquet Droz. Adopted father of Jean Frédéric Leschot.

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  • History

    1554

    Frenchman Thomas Bayard became the first "orologier" (watchmaker) in Geneva, followed notably by Martin Duboule at the end of the sixteenth century.

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  • Glossary

    • Analogue

      An analogue watch displays time by means of hands and a dial (as opposed to digital or alphanumerical).

    • Back

      In a watch case, the cover, transparent or not, opposite the dial.

    • Crystal habit

      The crystal form of a particular crystal has. The most common shapes are prismatic, tabular and octahedral.

    • Digital

      A system controlled by the watch movement to indicate the time. An alphanumerical (or numerical) display uses letters and numerals (or just numerals) to show the time.An...

    • Engine turn

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

    • Frame

      J.C. Nicolet defines the frame as the chassis inside which all the parts of the watch movement are housed. A clock frame comprises two plates whereas a watch, and in particular wristwatch,...

    • Gong

      In a movement and struck by hammers. Gongs replaced bells in striking watches in the early nineteenth century, allowing for much slimmer watches.

    • Hessonite

      A brown to orange gemstone variety of grossular garnet. This transparent stone has a hardness of 6.5 - 7 and a specific gravity of 3.6. This stone is not enhanced.

    • Impulse

      In a lever escapement, the action of the escape-wheel tooth on the impulse-face of the pallet.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Leather

      An abbreviated means of referring to a leather watchstrap.

    • Manufacture

      The Swiss watch industry uses this term to differentiate between a company that manufactures a watch almost in its entirety as opposed to finishing shops which only assemble and time the watch,...

    • 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...

    • Opaque

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

    • Period

      An interval of time defined by the regular and repeated occurrence of a given phenomenon.

    • 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...

    • Ratchet

      A saw-toothed wheel.The ratchet wheel in a watch is a toothed wheel that is fixed by a square hole to the barrel arbor. A click (pawl) prevents the ratchet wheel from turning in the...

    • Stone

      In watchmaking, a precious stone used as a bearing, endstone or pallet-stone, known internationally as jewels. The majority of stones (jewels) used in watches today are synthetic. Their...

    • Tweezers

      Small pincers for picking up and handling delicate parts.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • Vane

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

    • 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.

    • Zinc

      A metal applied by electrodeposition (electroplating) to protect iron and steel.

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