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      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.

       

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      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.

       

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      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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  • Glossary

    • Art Deco

      An artistic movement that began circa 1910 and continued until 1930. It was the subject of the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes (International...

    • 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.

    • Clock

      Any device (water clock, candle clock, sundial, sandglass, mechanical clock, etc.) whose function is to indicate the time. Today, it refers exclusively to a non-portable mechanism intended to work...

    • Daylight Saving Time

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

    • Emerald

      The saturated green variety of the Beryl family. Its colour is due to minute traces of chromium or sometimes vanadium. Inclusions in emerald are called jardins from the French word for garden....

    • Feather

      An inclusion resembling a feather that can start at the surface of the stone and extend deep inside.

    • Girdle

      The girdle is the widest perimeter of a gemstone that separates the top (crown) and the bottom (pavilion) of a cut gem.

    • Hardness

      The resistance of a material to scratching and wear. Hardness is measured using the Moh's Scale. This scale indicates that one substance can scratch the substance below it and scratch itself. For...

    • Imperial jade

      An emerald green variety of jadeite, Imperial jade is very sought after in Asia. It comes from one mine in Myanmar (Burma).

    • Jewels

      The international term for the jewels (rubies) in a watch movement that are used as bearings for pivots to reduce friction. The movement of a quality watch has between 15 and 21 jewels.

    • 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.

    • Lapis lazuli

      A rich blue opaque gemstone often used in watch dials. It is specked with pyrite that looks like gold. Lapis has a hardness of 5.5; it has a specific gravity of 2.4 to 2.9. Lapis lazuli is not a...

    • Manufacture

      The Swiss watch industry uses this term to differentiate between a company that manufactures a watch almost in its entirety as opposed to finishing shops which only assemble and time the watch,...

    • Nickel silver (German silver)

      A silver-white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc developed in France circa 1820 by Maillot and Chorier from whom it takes its name.

    • Orient

      The iridescent lustre of a pearl, so-called for its rainbow colours. A pearl is judged, among other criteria, by the intensity of its orient.

    • Plating

      A process whereby one metal is covered by another, usually more precious metal by means of electrodeposition.

    • 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...

    • Regulating parts

      The regulating organ (balance and spring) with the escapement.

    • 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...

    • Test

      A watch is tested for water-resistance, thermal resistance, its capacity to resist knocks, corrosion, magnetic fields, etc.

    • 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...

    • 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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