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  • Trends 2019

    The cream of the crop, selected for you
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  • Event

    The Miami Design District celebrated
    Haute Horlogerie from 15th to 17th February 2019

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  • Event

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Our areas of expertise

    • 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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      Events

      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    Big Bang « Aero Bang » gold ceramic

    "Aero" — aired in a stylishly designed Big Bang case. The movement is visible through the skeleton-like cut-out dial, and intrigues the wearer while giving the chronograph a new depth. Combining red gold and black...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec

    Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec (July 20, 1781 – June 18, 1866) was a French watchmaker, who invented the chronograph in 1822.

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  • History

    1926

    Series production began of self-winding wristwatches with an oscillating weight, based on Harwood's patent (Selza, Fortis and Blancpain using blanks by A. Schild S.A.). Rolex created the Oyster wristwatch with water-resistant...

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  • Glossary

    • Amplitude

      The distance between the two extreme points of a movement or periodic phenomenon (a angle).

    • Balance cock (modern)

      A bridge with a lug anchored to a stud. An index (or regulator) passes over a scale indicating Fast Slow in English, Avance Retard in French.

    • Corundum

      A species or family of gemstones that includes ruby or sapphire, depending on the colour of the gemstone (which in turn depends on the trace elements present) Corundum is a very hard mineral...

    • Diffusion treated

      A treatment used on gemstones to enhance their colour. The diffusion process only colours the outer surface of the stone, The CIBJO prohibits the sale of diffusion treated gemstones without...

    • European cut , mine cut or cushion cut

      Also known as the old European cut is an old, round brilliant cut with a very small table and heavy crown.

    • Folding buckle

      An articulated buckle that unfolds when opened. Should the buckle accidentally come open, it will still hold the strap sufficiently in place to prevent the watch from slipping off the wrist.

    • 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.

    • Isochronism

      The property of being isochronal.The science of timing lies in achieving isochronism of the regulating organ of a timekeeping instrument. The principal factors that can impair a balance's...

    • Jewel

      To set or push fit jewels (ruby bearings) 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 -...

    • Leap year

      Introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC as part of the Julian calendar, the leap year was already found in certain Egyptian and Babylonian calendars. It has 366 days and generally occurs every four...

    • Mystery setting

      A groove is cut into a baguette 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 in...

    • 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.

    • 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...

    • Parts

      The various elements used to make or repair a watch. In the latter case, these are spare parts.

    • 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...

    • Refractometer

      An instrument that measures the refractive index of a gemstone.

    • Stippling (Spotting)

      A decorative finish of overlapping circles in a close-set concentric pattern that gives a distinctive textured effect.

    • Tachymeter

      An instrument for measuring speed.In watchmaking, a chronograph or sports counter with a scale for reading speed in kilometres per hour (kph) or another unit.

    • 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.

    • Watch

      A portable timepiece that functions in all positions. A watch comprises three essential parts: The movement made up of the different mechanical components required to keep...

    • 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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