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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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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Train

      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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      The keys to understanding Fine Watchmaking, from beginner to expert level, with HH Academy.

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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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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Edward Howard

    American clockmaker. Founder, with D.P. Davis, of a pendulum factory in Roxbury.

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  • History

    1656 to 1657

    Continuing early work by Galileo, Christian Huygens adapted the pendulum to the clock and in doing so considerably increased its accuracy.

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  • Glossary

    • Alarm

      A pocket watch, wristwatch or clock that automatically sounds at a preset time. The alarm function regained in popularity with the launch, by Eterna in 1908, of a wristwatch with alarm.

    • Brace (Bridle)

      Part that holds or retains. Clamp, Winding-stem brace, Mainspring bridle, Slip spring, pivoting brace

    • Côtes or vagues de Genève

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

    • Disc

      A flat, thin, round plate. The calendar disc rotates under the dial; its indications are shown through an aperture. Other discs display the day, month or moon phase.

    • Engine-turning (Guilloché)

      A style of hand or machine engraving with intersecting wavy or straight lines. When the piece is moved horizontally or vertically against the tool, the finished effect is guilloché, compared with...

    • Fancy diamonds

      Rare diamonds which are naturally red, blue, green, or purple. Their price mainly depends on the saturation and quality of colour.

    • Gemmology

      The study of precious stones.

    • Hand-setting

      The action of adjusting a watch's hands to the time shown on a reference clock.

    • Integrated circuit

      A group of electronic components and their connections, performing one or more functions. Integrated circuits for watches measure just a few square millimetres.

    • Jewel

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

    • Knot

      A raised mineral inclusion in a diamond found at the surface.

    • 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...

    • Mainspring winder

      The tool used to wind the mainspring before inserting it in the barrel.

    • 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.

    • Oscillation

      When a pendulum or balance oscillates it moves between two extreme positions (A' and A''). The movement from one of these positions to the other and back equals one oscillation. Usually a balance...

    • Pairing

      The action of coupling a spring with its balance.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rhodochrosite

      An ornamental gemstone that is pink with white veins. As with most ornamental gemstones it is used for watch dials.

    • Smoky quartz

      Smoky quartz is the brown variety of mono crystalline quartz.

    • Tiger's eye

      Tiger's eye is a yellowish-brown to reddish-brown gemstone that has a silky lustre. It has a brown background with a fibrous yellow lustre. This variety of quartz is used as watch dials.

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • 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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