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  • Trends 2019

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  • Event

    The Miami Design District celebrated
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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

    Radiomir

    Panerai's first appearance on the international market really came in 1998, a year after it was bought by Richemont which had grasped the potential of the neglected Florentine firm. At one time, Officine Panerai had supplied...

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    Joseph-Thaddeus Winnerl

    Austrian chronometer maker. Established in Paris. Construction of chronometers and an astronomic clock for the Paris Observatory.

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  • History

    1924

    John Harwood filed the first Swiss patent for a self-winding wristwatch with a central oscillating weight.

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  • Glossary

    • Atomic second

      For a long time, the second was defined as 1/86,400 part of the mean solar day whose irregularities, caused by factors including the slowing rotation of the Earth, were demonstrated by the atomic...

    • Brass

      An alloy of copper and between 30% and 40% zinc. Can be used to make the plates, bridges and wheels for a watch.

    • Chuck

      An important workbench tool for holding small parts to be shaped or filed.

    • Daylight Saving Time

      Legal time in certain countries that is one hour ahead of winter time, itself one hour ahead of solar time.

    • Ebauche

      An unfinished movement sold as such. Until circa 1850, an ébauche comprised only the plate, bridges, fusee and barrel. It was known as a blanc and was finished at the...

    • Flinqué

      Engraving done by hand using a graver or by machine using a rose-engine and comprising intersecting straight or wavy lines. The tool is always moved concentrically.

    • Gold

      Gold has seduced the world with its beauty, but also because not even acid can alter its natural properties. An estimated 130,000 tons have been extracted from the earth since prehistoric times,...

    • Heliotrope

      Heliotrope is also known as bloodstone. It is a variety of chalcedony that is dark green with red specks. Heliotrope is used as watch dials.

    • 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...

    • Jumping hour

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

    • Knot

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

    • Lépine watch (Open-face)

      In a pocket watch, a structure in which the seconds hand is positioned in line with the winding stem, as opposed to the hunter calibre in which the seconds hand is at a right angle to the winding...

    • Mesh

      A wheel meshes with a pinion when its teeth engage with the pinion's leaves to impart motion.

    • Nephrite

      A family of the jade group of ornamental gemstones. Nephrite is slightly softer that jadeite and is often veined.

    • Oscillating weight (Rotor)

      In a self-winding movement, a heavy metal disc that turns freely in both directions to wind the mainspring.See rotor.

    • Pavé

      A group of gems set closely together to cover an entire surface.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Refraction

      The bending of a light ray when in enters an optically denser medium at an angle.

    • Stopwork

      System that controls tension to the mainspring when wound. The best-known stopwork mechanism is the "Maltese cross".

    • Time zone

      In order to standardise time measurement in each country, since 1883 the Earth has been divided into twenty-four time zones, the first of which is intersected by the Greenwich meridian,...

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Wind

      The action of tightening the mainspring coiled inside the barrel by means of the winding crown (in a hand-wound watch) or the rotor (in a self-winding watch).

    • 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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