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      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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      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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      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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    Haute Horlogerie Collection

    High complication watches are the physical manifestation of the essence of the watchmaker's art. For over two centuries, Girard-Perregaux has distinguished itself by its remarkable feats, including the emblematic Tourbillon with three...

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    Julien Le Roy

    French clockmaker. Maître 1713. Juré 1735. Watchmaker to the King in 1739.

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  • History

    1827

    Breguet's workshops produced the so-called "Marie-Antoinette watch" which featured all the complications possible at that time.Marie-Antoinette and Breguet, the greatest watchmaking mystery of all time -

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    • Arabic numerals

      1, 2, 3, etc. Arabic numerals, which were widely used on watch dials towards the eighteenth century, allow greater scope for fantasy than their Roman counterparts. The majority of fine-quality...

    • Bagnolet (calibre)

      The extra-flat watch movement known as a Bagnolet is an "inverted" calibre, where the dial is on the geartrain side rather than the bottom plate side.So that the time can be read...

    • Chronostop

      Halfway between a chronograph and a minute counter, the specificity of the chronostop function is to be permanently activated yet can be returned to zero at any moment. This function was...

    • Diamond

      Diamond is the hardest and most luminous precious stone. The price of a diamond is calculated according to the 4C criteria: Cut - Carat - Clarity - Color. The weight of a diamond is expressed in...

    • Etablisseur

      In Switzerland, a watchmaker who buys ébauches and parts to then assemble them.

    • Faceting

      The cutting and polishing of the flat surfaces of a gem.

    • Girdle

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

    • Hand-setting

      The action of adjusting a watch's hands to the time shown on a reference clock.

    • Intermediate wheel

      A small toothed wheel, part of the hand-setting mechanism.

    • 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....

    • Kunzite

      A transparent pink or light purple gemstone and is a variety of spodumene. The colour of some kunzite can be enhanced by irradiation. Kunzite has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.1 -...

    • 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.

    • Nephrite

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

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Palladium

      A rare metal of the platinum group. Palladium is used in Fine Jewellery alloys for its whiteness and durability.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rhodochrosite

      An ornamental gemstone that is pink with white veins. As with most ornamental gemstones it is used for watch dials.

    • Skeleton movement

      A movement whose plate and bridges have been cut away to expose the wheels, leaving only the substance which the watch needs to function. The movement is placed between two sapphire crystals to be...

    • Tourmaline

      A dichroic gemstone that comes in all colours of the rainbow. Some crystals are bi or tri coloured. Tourmaline has the greatest colour range of any gemstone. Tourmaline has a hardness of 7-7.5 and...

    • 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...

    • Vibration

      Movement of a pendulum or oscillating body between two extreme positions (A' and A''). The balance of a mechanical watch generally makes five vibrations per second, equivalent to 18,000...

    • 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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    VV, Branch of Richemont International SA - Jura

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    Coordinator CS Systems and Projects

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    MONTBLANC Simplo GmbH - Hamburg

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