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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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      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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  • Timepieces

    Women Complete Calendar

    The Women Complete Calendar shows date, day, month and moon phases. It has a mother-of-pearl dial and gemset bezel.

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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


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  • Glossary

    • Amplitude

      The distance between the two extreme points of a movement or periodic phenomenon (a angle).

    • Bar

      Unit of measure to indicate a watch's water-resistance, specifically its capacity to resist pressure, based on standard atmospheric pressure defined as 101.325 kilopascals (kPa) equivalent to...

    • Cloisonné

      An enamelling technique in which the outline of the subject is formed by thin flat metal wires set on the surface to be enamelled to form cells. These cells are filled with enamel and fired. After...

    • Dial

      A plate of metal or another material which, in a standard clock or watch, serves to indicate hours, minutes and seconds. Dials come in an almost limitless variety of shapes, decorations,...

    • Emerald cut

      A gemstone cut that is rectangular with truncated corners. The name comes from the best quality emeralds that are cut in this shape. Despite its name, any gemstone can be cut into an emerald...

    • Folding buckle

      An articulated buckle that unfolds when opened. Should the buckle accidentally come open, it will still hold the strap sufficiently in place to prevent the watch from slipping off the wrist.

    • GIA

      Gemological Institute of America.

    • Horn

      That part of a watch case to which the strap is attached. Horns come in various shapes and are attached to the case middle.

    • Iridescence

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

    • 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.

    • Lug

      A thin metal rod fixed between the case horns for attaching the watch strap.

    • Melee

      A small diamond that weighs under 1/5 carat or 0.20 carat.

    • 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.

    • Pawl (Click)

      A lever with a "beak" which, activated by a spring, engages with the teeth of a wheel, usually to allow the wheel to turn in one direction only.

    • 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...

    • Refractometer

      An instrument that measures the refractive index of a gemstone.

    • Stone

      In watchmaking, a precious stone used as a bearing, endstone or pallet-stone, known internationally as jewels. The majority of stones (jewels) used in watches today are synthetic. Their...

    • Test

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

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • Vane

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

    • 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.

    • 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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