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    The cream of the crop, selected for you by our experts.
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    The 6th Hommage à la Passion and Hommage au Talent awards were presented on Wednesday April 18th 2018.

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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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      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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      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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      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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  • Timepieces

    Portuguese Automatic

    The Portuguese watches from IWC represent the long tradition and the unfailing fascination of mechanical time measurement. They are generously dimensioned, fine mechanical masterpieces whose origins reach far back into the last...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Louis Leroy

    French clockmaker and chronometer maker. Clockmaker to the Navy. Member of the Bureau des Longitudes (nominated in 1914).

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  • History

    1907

    Ultrathin: LeCoultre created the world's thinnest pocket watch movement, at 1.38 mm.

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  • Glossary

    • Amagnetic

      Which does not have magnetic properties.

    • Beryl

      A family of stones that share the same crystalline and chemical properties. Varieties include the emerald and the aquamarine.

    • Casing ring

      A ring fitted around the movement to fill the gap between the movement and the case.

    • 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...

    • Enamelwork

      The result of applying enamel. Since the seventeenth century, watch cases and dials have produced some masterpieces of enamelwork.

    • Faceting

      The cutting and polishing of the flat surfaces of a gem.

    • Girdle

      The girdle is the widest perimeter of a gemstone that separates the top (crown) and the bottom (pavilion) of a cut gem.

    • Heliotrope

      Heliotrope is also known as bloodstone. It is a variety of chalcedony that is dark green with red specks. Heliotrope is used as watch dials.

    • Index for flat balance springs

      An index that is often fitted with a screw or cam so that it can be adjusted by a very small amount for fine-tuning. The spring passes through the space between the curb pin and the boot.

    • 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....

    • Knot

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

    • Latitude

      An angular distance that gives the location of a place north or south of the Earth's equator.

    • Mother-of-pearl

      Natural mother-of-pearl is the iridescent surface of the inside of certain shells. It is used as watch dials giving big stainless steel watches a rich appearance. Synthetic mother-of-pearl...

    • 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.

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Platinum

      A heavy metal, greyish white, that is highly resistant to corrosion and difficult to work with.Jewellery and watch cases can be made from platinum.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rough

      The term used to describe a rock or a crystal in its natural state (before cutting or polishing).

    • Self-winding (Automatic)

      Describes a mechanism that winds the mainspring by using the movement of the arm to cause a rotor to rotate and which, via specific gears, winds the mainspring.

    • Tachymeter

      An instrument for measuring speed.In watchmaking, a chronograph or sports counter with a scale for reading speed in kilometres per hour (kph) or another unit.

    • 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.

    • Watchmaker's cabinet

      A small chest of drawers for storing the watchmaker's tools and often part of the bench. A cabinet can also be a separate piece of furniture with any number of drawers for sorting and...

    • 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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    STAGE - Ingénieur Matériaux Innovants

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    STAGE - R&D Matériaux

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    VV, Branch of Richemont International SA - Jura

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