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    The 6th Hommage à la Passion and Hommage au Talent awards were presented on Wednesday April 18th 2018.

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      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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      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.

       

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      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.

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      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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  • 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...

    • Bench

      A general term for a solid workbench used by various professions. The watchmaker's bench includes drawers for the watchmaker to keep the different tools. These drawers form a cabinet which can be...

    • Coaxial

      Having coincident axes or mounted on concentric shafts, for example the hour and minute hands, and possibly the seconds hands.

    • Display lighting

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

    • Ephemeris

      A table, published annually, showing the positions of the stars and planets.

    • File

      A hand tool of various shapes and sizes, made from tempered steel and used to give an object its rough or final form.

    • Grande complication

      See complication.

    • 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...

    • Invisible setting

      A groove is cut into a rounded stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible. This technique was patented by Cartier in...

    • Jeweller

      In its original, eighteenth-century meaning, a jeweller is an expert in the art of mounting precious stones in gold, silver and, later, platinum so as to bring out their full beauty and sparkle....

    • 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 -...

    • Leap year calendar

      The Leap year calendar takes automatically into account months with less than 31 days and of February, when it counts 28 days. It must be adjusted every fourth year.See Watches with...

    • 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.

    • Petite sonnerie

      Watch that strikes the hours and quarters in passing without repeating the hours at each quarter. The hour and quarter strikes can be repeated on demand if the subsidiary seconds are...

    • 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...

    • Regulator

      A clock with non-coaxial hour and minute hands. The size of the hands and their position reflect their importance: the minute hand is always the larger and is positioned in the centre of...

    • Simple calendar (watch)

      Simple calendar: shows the date, i.e. the number, in order, of each day in the month. Certain simple calendars also display the names of the months. A simple calendar...

    • Terminal coil

      The incurved ends of the balance-spring to improve isochronism. Invented by Breguet and perfected by Phillips and others, hence often referred to as a "Phillips curve" or "Breguet overcoil".

    • 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...

    • Vagues de Genève

      Synonym of Côtes de Genève. A decoration of undulating lines, like waves, frequently used to embellish superior quality movements.

    • 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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