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    The 8th Forum de la Haute Horlogerie
    under the theme “Age of Transitions”

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    "We are pleased to welcome HYT
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    "We are pleased to welcome H.Moser & Cie
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      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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      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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    H-Hour

    Creation: 1996 The brand’s emblematic initial "H" enters the watchmaking scene with this creation. Already seen on bags, belts or sandal straps, the H is now worn on the wrist.

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    Jean-Baptiste Schwilgué

    French mathematician, mecanician and clockmaker. Production of edifice clocks.

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  • History

    Around 1720

    George Graham built a device with pendulum and weights, and a hand that indicated the quarter-second and which could, theoretically, also divide the second into sixteenths.

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  • Glossary

    • Analogue

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

    • Bezel

      In a watch movement, the metal rim that secures a jewel.

    • Case middle

      The central part of the watch case that houses the movement. The back and bezel are fixed to the middle. Watchmakers refer to the caseband, bezel-snap and to the movement seat for fitting the...

    • Drift

      The variation in rate of a timepiece.

    • Endstone

      An undrilled jewel that cushions the pivot of the balance staff.

    • Foliot

      An oscillating bar with a weight at each ends used as a regulator in the first mechanical timepieces.

    • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

      Mean time at the meridian of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, which is the prime meridian of the world. GMT is a civil time beginning at midnight.

    • 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...

    • Inverted calibre

      calibre whose dial is on the side with the bridges and geartrain rather than on the bottom-plate side

    • Jumping seconds

      On a chronograph, a hand that makes one rotation every second, pausing four, five, even eight times to indicate quarters, fifths or eighths of a second. Also called foudroyante.

    • Knot

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

    • Lapis lazuli

      A rich blue opaque gemstone often used in watch dials. It is specked with pyrite that looks like gold. Lapis has a hardness of 5.5; it has a specific gravity of 2.4 to 2.9. Lapis lazuli is not a...

    • Melee

      A small diamond that weighs under 1/5 carat or 0.20 carat.

    • Nickel silver (German silver)

      A silver-white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc developed in France circa 1820 by Maillot and Chorier from whom it takes its name.

    • Orient

      The iridescent lustre of a pearl, so-called for its rainbow colours. A pearl is judged, among other criteria, by the intensity of its orient.

    • Peridot

      A light green gemstone that has a large double refraction that produced double images of its inclusions. Peridot has a hardness of 6.5.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rhodium plating

      A thin protective coating of rhodium on metal that gives a shiny appearance and hardens the surface.

    • Snow setting

      Diamonds are set side by side, playing on variations in diameter, from 0.5mm to 1.6mm, to completely cover the metal. Each stone is rigorously selected, as the very smallest must blend seamlessly...

    • Test

      A watch is tested for water-resistance, thermal resistance, its capacity to resist knocks, corrosion, magnetic fields, etc.

    • Universal hour

      One twenty-fourth of the universal day which begins at midnight at the Prime Meridian at Greenwich. Following the 1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington, the Earth was divided...

    • Vane

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

    • Water

      The transparency and clarity of a precious stone; the orient and lustre of a pearl.

    • 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 Assistant Chef de produits Marketing Haute-Joaillerie (H/F)

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    Richemont Northern Europe GmbH - Bayern

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