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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...

    • Balance

      A circular, moving part which oscillates on its rotational axis. It is coupled to the balance-spring which gives it the to-and-fro motion through which it divides time into strictly equal parts....

    • COSC (Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres)

      The COSC awards the title of "chronometer" to each watch whose accuracy and consistency of rate has been demonstrated over fifteen days of tests at one of the COSC's Bureaux Officiels...

    • Detent

      A lever which restrains then releases a mechanism and in doing so regulates its movement..

    • Engraving

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

    • Full cut

      A brilliant cut diamond.

    • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

      Mean time at the meridian of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, which is the prime meridian of the world. GMT is a civil time beginning at midnight.

    • 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.

    • Iridescence

      The spectral colours seen on certain gems due to interference of light. Mother of pearl, used for watch dials is iridescent.

    • Jeweller

      In its original, eighteenth-century meaning, a jeweller is an expert in the art of mounting precious stones in gold, silver and, later, platinum so as to bring out their full beauty and sparkle....

    • 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.

    • Latitude

      An angular distance that gives the location of a place north or south of the Earth's equator.

    • Microcrystallin

      Microcrystalline is a type of mineral structure in which the crystals are so small that they can only be seen using a microscope. Agate, example is microcrystalline.

    • 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.

    • Ornamental gems

      Any microcrystalline gemstone. Some examples are: Agate, Onyx, Sodalite, Malachite, etc. These ornamental stones are mostly used for watch dials.

    • Pendulum

      A heavy body suspended from a fixed point from which it can swing freely to and fro. A clock pendulum comprises the suspension, which can be a spring, knife-edge or a wire, the generally...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Repassage

      The final and complete inspection of the watch with its mechanism and aesthetics, just before it leaves the manufacturer. Both rate and appearance are inspected.

    • Solstice

      When the Sun rises to its southernmost and northernmost positions in relation to the celestial or terrestrial equator. The June and December solstices coincide with the longest and shortest days...

    • Tanzanite

      A transparent, blue-violet type of zoisite resembling sapphire. THardness of 6; specific gravity of 3.35.

    • Universal hour

      One twenty-fourth of the universal day which begins at midnight at the Prime Meridian at Greenwich. Following the 1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington, the Earth was divided...

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • World time

      Describes a watch that indicates, usually by means of subdials surrounding the main dial, local time (true solar time) in different world cities. Often these cities were chosen for their political...

    • 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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