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  • Trends 2018

    The cream of the crop, selected for you by our experts.
    New selection from Baselworld after the SIHH selection.

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  • Event

    The 6th Hommage à la Passion and Hommage au Talent awards were presented on Wednesday April 18th 2018.

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  • Event

    Replay all the SIHH 2018 highlights in video

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  • Training

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  • HH Journal

    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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    Fine Watchmaking now has its White Paper.

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    • Information

      Information is the key to understanding the specificity of Fine Watchmaking, whether for the general public or an enlightened audience. Information also creates interest among younger generations who envisage a career in watchmaking.

       

      Magazines, books and exhibitions play an important role in "spreading the word". With this in mind, the Foundation creates content, and develops print or digital media intended to further interest in the watchmaking professions.

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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Training

      Through its FHH Academy, the Foundation educates about watchmaking and recognizes levels of competency. All year round, classes ranging from beginner to expert provide essential knowledge for understanding and exploring the many aspects of watchmaking, as well as safeguarding expertise.

       

      The Foundation also has partnerships with the main universities and institutes that prepare students for careers in the various fields of watchmaking and luxury.

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      Trainings

      The keys to understanding Fine Watchmaking, from beginner to expert level, with FHH Academy.

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    • Organization

      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organization of events where specialists and the general public can discover watchmaking and its major trends, such as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals - and the Watches & Wonders fairs.

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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    Pasha de Cartier watch

    Initially a men's watch, powerful and solid, it was originally designed to be worn with a protective grid, as an allusion to army watches.A real bestseller, immediately appropriated by women, making it an essential accessory of...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Louis Richard

    Swiss clockmaker and chronometer maker. Full name: Louis JeanRichard-dit-Bressel. Descendant of Daniel JeanRichard-dit-Bressel. Nephew by marriage of Frédéric Louis Favre-Bulle.

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  • History

    1776

    The Genevan watchmaker Jean-Moïse Pouzait invented the watch with independent seconds, precursor of the chronograph.

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  • Glossary

    • Autonomy

      The length of time a clock or watch can function between windings.

    • Bearing

      A hole made directly in the brass plate and in which a steel pivot, part of the greatrain or escapement, turns. The problems of friction this caused were solved when Nicolas Fatio had the idea to...

    • Cam

      A part that is profiled to transform or modify motion. For example, a cam is used to reset the chronograph hand or activate the hammers in a minute-repeater.

    • Direct-drive seconds (Trotteuse)

      A hand that moves forward in small jumps, each of which corresponds to one vibration of the balance.A distinctive feature of a mechanical watch indicating the seconds.

    • Electroluminescence

      The emission of light by certain substances when subjected to an electric field.

    • Finishing (Finissage)

      The final operation in a process. On a watch case, the last stage in assembling the parts so that they function.

    • Gong

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

    • Hour-wheel

      The wheel that carries the hour hand.

    • Invisible setting

      A groove is cut into a rounded stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible. This technique was patented by Cartier in...

    • Jeweller

      In its original, eighteenth-century meaning, a jeweller is an expert in the art of mounting precious stones in gold, silver and, later, platinum so as to bring out their full beauty and sparkle....

    • 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 héliaque d'un astre

      An annual occurrence which marks the end of a period of invisibility that began with the star's heliacal setting due to conjunction with the rising Sun.

    • Moissanite

      A colourless diamond imitation.

    • Niello

      An enamel-like alloy of lead, copper, silver, sulphur and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride). Niello paste is applied over incised gold or silver then fired in the enamellist's furnace. Excess...

    • 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.

    • Padparadsha sapphire

      An orange coloured sapphire that has a pink tone. The name padparadsha comes from the Sinhalese word for lotus flower.

    • 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...

    • Rutilated quartz

      A rock crystal that has inclusions of rutile that looks like golden hair. It belongs to the mono-crystalline family of quartz.

    • Sapphire

      Sapphire is a precious gemstone (a type of corundum) that ranges in colour from blue to pink to yellow to green to white to purple (mauve sapphire) to pink-orange (padparadscha sapphire)....

    • Trotteuse

      A seconds hand, mounted either in the centre of the main dial or in a subsidiary dial.

    • 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-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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