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  • Watches and Wonders 2021

    From Geneva to Shanghai, Watches and Wonders 2021 brings the leading names in watchmaking worldwide.

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  • FHH Academy

    Discover the world of Fine Watchmaking through workshops, conferences and training courses.

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  • News

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation.

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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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      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.

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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 Watches and Wonders - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals.

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Oronce Fine

    French mathematician, cartographer and astronomer. The first holder of the mathematics chair at the Collège Royal (now the Collège de France), founded in 1530. He taught there from 1532 to his death. Helped to...

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  • History

    1517

    Watchmakers competed to produce smaller and smaller watches that could be easily carried. In 1518, François I spent a fortune on two watches set in daggers.

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  • Glossary

    • Autonomy

      The length of time a clock or watch can function between windings.

    • Bow lathe

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

    • CIBJO

      The French acronym for Confédération International pour la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfévrerie translated to The International confederation of Jewellery, Silverware, Diamonds, Pearls and Stones....

    • Decimal (Revolutionary) (Republican)

      A watch or clock dial made in 1793, after the French Revolution which imposed the decimal calendar. The year was divided into 12 months and each month into three 10-day periods known as...

    • Ephemeris

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

    • Finisseur

      Generally speaking, a skilled worker who performs the last stage in a process, for example who finishes a watch case or dial, or who fits the geartrain. The...

    • Gemmology

      The study of precious stones.

    • Hertz (Hz)

      A unit of frequency of a periodic phenomenon equal to one cycle per second.

    • Irradiation

      The treatment of certain gemstones by radiation to change or enhance their colour. Blue Topaz is often irradiated to bring out the blue of the gemstone.

    • Jumping hour

      A means of display in which the hour, shown through an aperture, instantly changes every 60 minutes.

    • 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 -...

    • Leaf

      The tooth on a pinion.

    • Marine chronometer

      Traditionally, "marine chronometer" refers to a large watch for keeping time onboard ship. In the latter years of the eighteenth century, the term was extended to mean a...

    • 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...

    • Official rating certificate

      A document, issued by an Observatory or an official ratings bureau, that certifies the quality of a watch which has proven, in trials, to meet with a given standard. Only a watch that has received...

    • Pivot

      A part that runs in a fixed support (bearing).

    • 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...

    • Radiant cut

      A gemstone cut that has 58 - 70 facets. It has a rectangular shape.

    • Strap

      A means of attaching the watch around the wrist. A strap can be in gold, silver, steel, leather, exotic skin, etc. and in styles from the simplest to the most elaborate.

    • Timepiece

      A precision instrument for the measurement of time. Astronomical clocks, marine chronometers and quartz clocks are all examples of timepieces.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • 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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