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    • Inform

      We have a role to educate both aficionados of watchmaking and the public at large. We achieve this through the production of magazines, reference books, exhibitions, lectures, an online encyclopaedia, and by relaying latest developments in the sector, training and job opportunities. Also as part of this mission to inform, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has compiled a guide to the sector's forty-some professions, for young people who want to make watchmaking their career.

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      From HH Academy to HH Certification, we work actively to develop knowledge of watches and watchmaking, as well as to validate and endorse skills. Year-round, the Foundation delivers a full programme of training, from beginner to expert level. Our goal is to provide the keys to understanding watchmaking, explore its diversity, and safeguard expertise. The Foundation also develops partnerships with schools and training institutes in all areas of the watchmaking and luxury industries.

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    • Recognise

      Since 2005, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has acted as a reference for the profession. It integrates notions of excellence, innovation, creativity and a continued heritage. These values were defined by the Cultural Council, which combines the competencies of more than forty international experts. This Council has set out the principles that have accompanied watchmaking from its earliest expression to the present day and into the future.

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      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organisation of events where specialists and the general public discover Fine Watchmaking and its major trends. Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, a globally renowned event reserved primarily for professionals, and its B2C equivalent, Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, are the most representative examples.

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  • Timepieces

    Da Vinci

    The Da Vinci watch with the perpetual calendar made by IWC was a stroke of genius in the long history of the mechanical watch. In 1985, it marked the start of a new era for perpetual calendars in wristwatch format. The...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Pierre-Louis Berthoud, known as Louis Berthoud

    Swiss chronometer-maker, established in Paris. He was at the head of the workshop belonging to his uncle, Ferdinand Berthoud, later succeeding him. A specialist in precision timepieces, he made marine and pocket...

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    The half-quarter repeater watch appeared in England.

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    • 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...

    • Brilliant cut

      A round diamond that is cut with 57 or 58 facets or 32 facets + plus the largest facet called the table, 24 are below. The 58th facet is optional and is polished at the point of the diamond.

    • Crystal

      A crystal is a mineral whose atoms form a very regular structure. Most gemstones are found as crystals.

    • Dual time zone

      Describes a watch that simultaneously gives the time in two time zones, usually local and the wearer's home.

    • Emerald cut

      A gemstone cut that is rectangular with truncated corners. The name comes from the best quality emeralds that are cut in this shape. Despite its name, any gemstone can be cut into an emerald...

    • Foliot

      An oscillating bar with a weight at each ends used as a regulator in the first mechanical timepieces.

    • Governor

      A device for slowing and regulating motion. In striking clocks and watches, the fly wheel has vanes which regulate the speed of the striking train. The same result is achieved by a...

    • Hammer

      A metal part that strikes gongs causing them to vibrate and produce sound. See...

    • Index (Regulator)

      A device for adjusting a watch's rate by increasing or reducing the effective length of the balance spring. The index is a steel lever, the shorter end of which carries the curb pins which embrace...

    • 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 -...

    • Lunation

      The period of time elapsing between two successive new moons.

    • Microcrystallin

      Microcrystalline is a type of mineral structure in which the crystals are so small that they can only be seen using a microscope. Agate, example is microcrystalline.

    • 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...

    • Padparadsha sapphire

      An orange coloured sapphire that has a pink tone. The name padparadsha comes from the Sinhalese word for lotus flower.

    • 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...

    • Roch cristal

      The colourless transparent variety of mono-crystalline quartz.

    • Silent

      A manually-operated means of silencing a striking mechanism equipped with this function.

    • Tourmaline

      A dichroic gemstone that comes in all colours of the rainbow. Some crystals are bi or tri coloured. Tourmaline has the greatest colour range of any gemstone. Tourmaline has a hardness of 7-7.5 and...

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • Vane

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

    • Water clock

      Water clock: clepsydra with a system of gears.

    • 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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  • Audemars Piguet

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    Published on 27 October 2016

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    Manufacture Jaeger-LeCoultre - Vaud

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