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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

    Papillon Voyageur

    The Daniel Roth collection is recognisable for a case that is rounded between the lugs with straight sides. Shown here, the Papillon Voyageur.

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Charles Fasoldt

    American clockmaker of German origin. Invented an anchor escapement with two escapement wheels.

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  • History

    1983

    Official launching in Switzerland of the Swatch watch, in Zürich the first march 1983. The Swatch would be instrumental in reviving the Swiss watch industry. The first books on the history and technology of the wristwatch...

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  • Glossary

    • A toc watch

      A "dumb" repeater watch in which a hammer strikes the inside of the case to produce a muffled sound. Imagined by Julien Le Roy circa 1750.See complication.

    • Bow lathe

      The bow is a band of steel strung with a cord, generally gut, which drives the watchmaker's lathe.

    • Case

      Container that protects the watch movement from dust, damp and knocks. The case is part of the watch's appearance and, influenced by fashions and buyers' personal taste, must have visual...

    • Dial foot

      Attaches the dial to the bottom plate. The dial feet are screwed to the bottom plate.

    • Etablissage

      A procedure for manufacturing the watch and/or movement by assembling the various parts. As a general rule, the procedure in full comprises taking delivery of, inspecting and stocking the...

    • Feather

      An inclusion resembling a feather that can start at the surface of the stone and extend deep inside.

    • Green diamond

      A rare, fancy coloured diamonds that is quite valuable. The most famous historical green diamond is the Dresden Green.

    • Hammer

      A metal part that strikes gongs causing them to vibrate and produce sound. See...

    • Independent seconds

      A large hand in the centre of the dial, driven by a separate train to the hours and minutes, and making one jump forward every second.

    • 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.

    • 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 -...

    • 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...

    • Marcasite

      Marcasite is a misnomer for pyrite that has been cut in shiny metallic stones. It is sometimes found on watch bracelets and cases.

    • 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.

    • Opaque

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

    • Perpetual calendar

      Devised to incorporate the specificities of the Gregorian calendar. It is perpetual because it automatically adjusts to months with 30 days and to the 28 or 29 days in February. For this, it...

    • 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...

    • Rate

      The functioning of a timepiece evaluated in terms of its regularity. Daily rate is the amount of time a watch gains or loses over 24 hours compared with a reference time.

    • Second

      The basic unit of time corresponding to 1/86,400 of the mean solar day, which is the period of rotation about its own axis of an ideal Earth describing a circle round the Sun in one year, at a...

    • Trotteuse

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

    • Ultra-complicated watch

      Any function other than the indication of hours, minutes and seconds, regardless of whether the mechanism is hand-wound or self-winding, mechanical or electronic, and of movement height. The...

    • 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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