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Our missions

    • 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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      Trainings

      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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      White Paper

      Establish a reference that encompasses the fundamental values of Fine Watchmaking.

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    • Organise

      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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      Events

      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Roger W. Smith: Series 1

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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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  • Vacheron Constantin : Jean-Marc Constantin

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    1755

    17 th of September 1755. At the offices of Maître Choisy, solicitor in Geneva, Jean-Marc Vacheron, young Master Watchmaker, hires his first apprentice. This agreement is the oldest known document referring to the first watchmaker of...

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  • Glossary

    • Autonomy

      The length of time a clock or watch can function between windings.

    • Beryl

      A family of stones that share the same crystalline and chemical properties. Varieties include the emerald and the aquamarine.

    • Combo

      A watch with a dual analogue and numerical display.

    • Dauphine

      A type of hand in the form of an elongated triangle.

    • Exterior

      The different parts (case, dial, hands, crystal, crown, etc.) that help to give the watch its finished and functional appearance.

    • 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.

    • Gnomon

      One of the very first instruments for measuring time, the gnomon is a vertically-positioned stick, tree, person or any object which, by the position and length of its shadow, indicates the hour of...

    • Hatch

      An opening in the case allowing easy access to one of the watch's internal components, usually the battery.

    • Iolite

      Iolite is a transparent, violet-blue, light blue, or yellow-gray mineral. Iolite is pleochroic; a single stone will show up to 3 colours (in this case violet-blue, light blue, and yellow-gray)....

    • Jasper

      An opaque, ornamental stone found in many colours, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped, speckled, and multi-coloured and is used in watch making as a dial. Jasper...

    • 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.

    • Leap year calendar

      The Leap year calendar takes automatically into account months with less than 31 days and of February, when it counts 28 days. It must be adjusted every fourth year.See Watches with...

    • Module

      An additional mechanism added to a movement, for example a perpetual calendar. Term also used to denote the entire movement of an electronic watch.

    • 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.

    • Perpétuelle

      A term used by Breguet to refer to a self-winding watch.

    • 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...

    • Rutilated quartz

      A rock crystal that has inclusions of rutile that looks like golden hair. It belongs to the mono-crystalline family of quartz.

    • Silent

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

    • Tachymeter

      An instrument for measuring speed.In watchmaking, a chronograph or sports counter with a scale for reading speed in kilometres per hour (kph) or another unit.

    • Under-dial work

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

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • Wheel

      A circular component that rotates around an axis and whose function is to transmit power or motion.

    • 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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