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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...

    • Bridge

      A metal plate under which the pivots of the wheels and pinions turn. Both ends of the bridge are secured to the plate by screws. Generally a bridge is named according to its function,...

    • Calibre

      Synonym of size. Sully used this term circa 1715 to denote the layout and dimensions of the different movement pillars, wheels, barrel, etc. Since then "calibre" has been used to...

    • Day

      Period between the rising and setting of the Sun. A 24-hour interval, determined by the Earth's rotation on its axis.

    • Engine turn

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

    • Fracture

      A break in a gemstone.

    • Glucidur (Glucydur)

      A highly elastic, hard, amagnetic and corrosion-proof alloy used to make monometallic balances, escapements and balance-springs.

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • Inverted calibre

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

    • Jewels

      The international term for the jewels (rubies) in a watch movement that are used as bearings for pivots to reduce friction. The movement of a quality watch has between 15 and 21 jewels.

    • 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.

    • Large date

      A date function with large numerals on two independent discs, displayed through oversized apertures. In 1994, A. Lange & Söhne displays for the first the the Large Date in the...

    • Marcasite

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

    • Niello

      An enamel-like alloy of lead, copper, silver, sulphur and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride). Niello paste is applied over incised gold or silver then fired in the enamellist's furnace. Excess...

    • Ornamental gems

      Any microcrystalline gemstone. Some examples are: Agate, Onyx, Sodalite, Malachite, etc. These ornamental stones are mostly used for watch dials.

    • PVD

      Physical vapour deposition, a technique for coating metal.See electroplating and plating.

    • 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.

    • Split-seconds (chronograph)

      The split-seconds chronograph is used to time different events that begin but do not end together. When set, the hand of the chronograph and the hand of the split seconds button when the first...

    • Turning arbor

      Slightly tapered arbor in tempered steel for turning the hour wheel.

    • 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...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Wheel-cutting engine

      A machine for cutting the required number of teeth into an unfinished gear after marking the position of each tooth with a dividing plate.

    • Year

      A four-digit indication of the current year that changes automatically at midnight on December 31st.

    • Zodiac

      At the heart of countless legends and beliefs, since ancient times precious stones have had symbolic value. From the Jews to the Egyptians, each culture and religion has given a different meaning...

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