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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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    Replay all the SIHH 2018 highlights in video

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    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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    Fine Watchmaking now has its White Paper.

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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

    Tourbillon Split Seconds Competition Chronograph RM 056...

    The RM 056 movement reproduces all the characteristics of the RMCC1 caliber, a manual winding tourbillon movement with hours, minutes, chronograph split seconds, power reserve, torque and function indicators. A unique...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Antide Janvier

    French clockmaker. Clockmaker of Louis XVIII. Manufactured astronomic and planetary clocks. RestorationAntide Janvier became clockmaker of King Louis XVIII and won a gold medal at the 1823...

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  • History

    1601

    Foundation of the Genevan Corporation of Watchmakers. After a minimum five-year apprenticeship, candidates for the title of master had to make "a small clock with an alarm to wear around the neck and a square clock on two levels to...

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  • Glossary

    • Atomic clock

      A caesium clock draws on the hypothesis of stable atomic properties, in particular the frequency of radiation corresponding to the transitions between two energy levels. The atomic frequency...

    • Burnisher

      Tool for giving a sheen to metals.

    • Chimes

      The quarter-hours are sounded on three, four or more gongs with different pitches, the best-known being the Westminster chimes.

    • Daylight Saving Time

      Legal time in certain countries that is one hour ahead of winter time, itself one hour ahead of solar time.

    • Escapement

      A mechanism that is fitted between the gears and the regulating organ. Its function is to suspend the gears' motion at regular intervals and to supply energy to the balance. The main types...

    • Frequency

      The number of oscillations per second, measured in Hertz. The balance makes a to-and-fro movement at a given frequency (two vibrations). The higher the frequency, the more accurate the watch:...

    • Gong

      In a movement and struck by hammers. Gongs replaced bells in striking watches in the early nineteenth century, allowing for much slimmer watches.

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • Irradiated (treated) diamonds

      Diamonds that have been exposed to radiation in order to change their colour from yellowish to fancy yellow or blue. The change is permanent.

    • Jade

      Jade is a gem group with jadeite and nephrite as the two varieties. Jadeite is the variety that ranges in colour from green to white to lilac to brown to almost black. Nephrite, the more ancient...

    • Karrusel

      A device similar to the tourbillon, the difference being that the cage is driven by the third wheel. Invented by Bonnicksen, a Danish watchmaker established in London.See complication.

    • Ligne

      Also "ligne parisienne". An old unit of measurement in traditional watchmaking, prior to the metric system and directly inherited from the French pied (foot) under the Ancien Régime. One...

    • Melee

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

    • Natural pearl

      A natural pearl is also called an oriental pearl. This pearl is formed by an oyster, freshwater mussel or other mollusc as a reaction to a tiny invading object that happened to be caught inside...

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Pendulum

      A heavy body suspended from a fixed point from which it can swing freely to and fro. A clock pendulum comprises the suspension, which can be a spring, knife-edge or a wire, the generally...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rutilated quartz

      A rock crystal that has inclusions of rutile that looks like golden hair. It belongs to the mono-crystalline family of quartz.

    • Synthetic ruby (Scientific ruby)

      A synthetic stone developed by the chemist Auguste Verneuil in 1891-1892 and made public in 1902. Synthetic rubies, which have exactly the same properties as natural rubies, are used...

    • Trotteuse

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

    • 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.

    • Wheel

      A circular component that rotates around an axis and whose function is to transmit power or motion.

    • 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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