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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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    • 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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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    Piaget Polo

    Piaget Polo, large model. Case and bracelet in 18 carat yellow gold. Arabic numerals and hour-markers in yellow gold. Piaget Manufacture, 504P, self-winding movement with large date window at 6 o’clock.

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Nicolas Fatio de Duillier

    Swiss mathematician and astronomer. Born at the château Le Vieux clos in Duillier. Lived in Paris (from 1683), The Hague and London (from 1687). Member of the Academy of Sciences in Paris....

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  • History

    1704

    The first watch with jewels was produced by the French watchmaker de Beaufré using a drilling method invented circa 1700 by the Genevan astronomer and optician Nicolas Fatio de Duillier (1664-1752). De Beaufré worked...

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  • Glossary

    • Argand burner

      An oil lamp once used by watchmakers as lighting.

    • Burnish

      To polish the pivots using a burnisher (polishing tool).

    • CIBJO

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

    • Display lighting

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

    • Engraving

      The art of forming patterns either by hand, using a graver, or by machine such as a rose engine.

    • Fluting

      Grooves cut the length of a rod, pillar or button. Fluting makes it easier to grip the winding-crown.

    • Grande sonnerie

      Watch that strikes the hours and quarters in passing and repeats the hour at each quarter. The hour and quarter strikes can be repeated on demand. Certain Grande Sonnerie...

    • Hertz (Hz)

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

    • Indicator

      A watch's indicators are its dial and hands.

    • Jewel

      To set or push fit jewels (ruby bearings) in a watch movement.

    • 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.

    • Luster

      The effect produced by the reflection of light on the surface of a stone. Its intensity depends on the refractive index of the stone and the quality of its polish. Lustre can be vitreous,...

    • Mixed cut

      A mixed cut in one in which the style of the facets above and below the girdle are different. A standard mixed cut is brilliant cut above and step cut below.

    • 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.

    • Oiling

      A process used for enhancing a gemstone's colour and transparency. Gemstones that have fissures that touch the surface are often oiled; emeralds are an example.

    • Perpetual calendar (watch)

      A watch whose perpetual calendar (see complication) automatically takes the number of days in the month into account: 30 or 31 and the 28 or 29 days of February for ordinary and leap years. Unless...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Roman numerals

      I, II, III, etc. Roman numerals have traditionally been used on clock and watch dials. IV is often given as IIII to create visual symmetry with the VIII. Only the IX is written using the...

    • Synthetic stone

      Synthetic stones are stones that have the same characteristics as the natural gemstone, but are man-made in laboratories. The only way to distinguish one from the other is by observation of the...

    • Thermal compensator

      A device, generally made from two metals that dilate differently, used in clocks and watches to compensate the effects of heat and cold on rate.

    • 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.

    • Zinc

      A metal applied by electrodeposition (electroplating) to protect iron and steel.

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