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  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

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  • Watches and Culture

    Bringing watchmaking culture to life: education, original content, industry think tank.

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  • Watches and Wonders

    More than just a destination, a real hub for the industry!

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Who are we

A not-for-profit foundation set up under private law in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and Richemont, the objective of the FHH is to promote and spread the reputation of watchmaking excellence around the world.

It provides information on the latest news, history and skills within the watchmaking professions. It trains, assesses and certifies horological knowledge. It organises large-scale events and encounters intended for both the general public and professionals. A creator of content, competencies, connections and experiences, the FHH is supported by leading names in the watch industry and independent creators, all actively contributing to its activities.


Our areas of expertise

    • Watches and Culture

      Watchmaking is a world of age-old knowledge and know-how, recently recognized by the UNESCO. Belonging to the world of Luxury, the watchmaking culture is not only a mechanical art but also an aesthetic, a history and a heritage, highlighted by the FHH to enable a public of novices, enthusiasts or professionals to appreciate its diversity.

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    • Watches and Wonders

      The Foundation has developed proven expertise in the organization of major events where professionals and lovers of fine watchmaking are able to discover the latest novelties and trends. Watches and Wonders Geneva, dedicated mainly to professionals, has become an essential yearly rendez-vous for the industry. It is enriched by regional events promoting Swiss watchmaking around the globe.

Head office

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

Watches and Culture: Did you know?

  • Timepieces

    H9

    With its ink-black surface, the H9 questions the signification of a watch and, more widely, of time and its measurement. 

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Nicolas Fatio de Duillier

    Swiss mathematician and astronomer. Born at the château Le Vieux clos in Duillier. Lived in Paris (from 1683), The Hague and London (from 1687). Member of the Academy of Sciences in Paris....

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  • History

    1921

    In the early 1920st. a type of wristwatch for pilots was developed known as an hour-angle watch. All the watch manufacturers then specialising in aeronautics, including IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Lange & Söhne, Longines and Vacheron...

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  • Glossary

    • Anti-magnetic

      Describes a watch that is protected against magnetic fields.

    • Blued steel

      Steel that has been heated until its surface oxidises to become a more or less dark blue.

    • Cabinet

      A small workshop in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Geneva, on the top floor of a house where there was the most natural light.

    • 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.

    • Etablisseur

      In Switzerland, a watchmaker who buys ébauches and parts to then assemble them.

    • Fusee

      A more or less conical part with spiral grooves for gut, and after circa 1640 chain, which connects to the barrel. It regulates the power transferred to the gears. Almost all sixteenth,...

    • Goshenite

      Goshenite is the pure, colourless variety of beryl (Be3AlSiO6), related to emerald and aquamarine.

    • Hardness

      The resistance of a material to scratching and wear. Hardness is measured using the Moh's Scale. This scale indicates that one substance can scratch the substance below it and scratch itself. For...

    • Iridescence

      The spectral colours seen on certain gems due to interference of light. Mother of pearl, used for watch dials is iridescent.

    • Jewel

      To set or push fit jewels (ruby bearings) in a watch movement.

    • Knot

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

    • Legal time

      The time which is, by law, that of all the inhabitants of a country.

    • Mixed cut

      A mixed cut in one in which the style of the facets above and below the girdle are different. A standard mixed cut is brilliant cut above and step cut below.

    • Nacre

      The iridescent substance secreted by molluscs around a foreign object. Pearls and cultured pearls are covered with nacre by certain species of oysters and mussels.

    • Opale

      An amorphous gemstone that shows the spectral colours called fire on either a white or black background. An orange variety called Fire Opal comes from Mexico and does not always have the fire of...

    • 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...

    • Railroad

      A minute scale on a dial that resembles a railway track.

    • Stippling (Spotting)

      A decorative finish of overlapping circles in a close-set concentric pattern that gives a distinctive textured effect.

    • Transparent

      Transparent materials allow light to pass through them without diffusing it. A large transparent stone allows the observer to read through it.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • 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.

    • Zinc

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

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