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    "We are pleased to welcome Breitling
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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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    • 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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    • Trainings

      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.

    • FHH Academy

      The FHH Academy values the transfer of knowledge through trainings. Its mission is to unlock understanding and deliver knowledge to improve business performance for the watch industry sales professionals.

    • 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

    H2

    The H2 has a double escapement with remontoir d'égalité presented as a flying tourbillon and based on the physical principle of resonance. 

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Henri Robert Ekegren

    Danish clockmaker and chronometer maker. Watchmaker to the King of Denmark. Worked for Urban Jürgensen, Henry Golay, Joseph-Thaddeus Winnerl and Adolph Lange before setting up his own business in Geneva.

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  • History

    1685

    Revocation of the Edict of Nantes by Louis XIV. As Huguenots, the majority of French watchmakers emigrated, in particular to England and Switzerland (Geneva) which stood out as the watchmaking capitals of Europe.

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  • Glossary

    • Automatic (Self-winding)

      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. See

    • Brilliant cut

      A round diamond that is cut with 57 or 58 facets or 32 facets + plus the largest facet called the table, 24 are below. The 58th facet is optional and is polished at the point of the diamond.

    • calibre-cut

      Small gemstones that are cut into special shape (usually a step cut) that are mostly used in watch bezels.

    • Display lighting

      A means of lighting the dial and/or hands, using either an electroluminscent substance or an electrical system.

    • Engine turn

      To cut metal with decorative engraving by hand or using an engine turning machine.

    • Flinqué

      Engraving done by hand using a graver or by machine using a rose-engine and comprising intersecting straight or wavy lines. The tool is always moved concentrically.

    • Gnomon

      One of the very first instruments for measuring time, the gnomon is a vertically-positioned stick, tree, person or any object which, by the position and length of its shadow, indicates the hour of...

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • Iolite

      Iolite is a transparent, violet-blue, light blue, or yellow-gray mineral. Iolite is pleochroic; a single stone will show up to 3 colours (in this case violet-blue, light blue, and yellow-gray)....

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • 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 -...

    • Lug

      A thin metal rod fixed between the case horns for attaching the watch strap.

    • Marquise

      A cut gemstone with a boat like shape (55 facets); an oval with two pointed ends. This gem cut is sometimes called a “navette”. According to the legend, the taille “navette” was called...

    • 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.

    • Oval

      A brilliant cut with an oval rather than round girdle (55 facets). Invented in the 1960s, it is increasingly popular for solitaire engagement rings or as a centre-stone surrounded by two...

    • 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...

    • Refraction

      The bending of a light ray when in enters an optically denser medium at an angle.

    • Sunray brushing

      A pattern of imperceptible lines, like the sun's rays, intersecting at the same central point. It is created using a brush, usually with metal filaments.

    • Thread

      The helical rib around a screw shank.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • Vibration

      Movement of a pendulum or oscillating body between two extreme positions (A' and A''). The balance of a mechanical watch generally makes five vibrations per second, equivalent to 18,000...

    • 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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