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  • 2019 SIHH

    The Salon opens its doors from 14th to 17th January 2019.

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  • Partner brands

    "We are pleased to welcome Carl F. Bucherer
    as a new partner-brand"

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  • Trends 2018

    The cream of the crop, selected for you by our experts.
    New selection from Baselworld after the SIHH selection.


  • Training

    Understanding luxury watches is only one click away !

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  • HH Journal

    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
    trends, exclusives, and more.


  • News

    Fine Watchmaking now has its White Paper.

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Our areas of expertise

    • Information

      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.


      Magazines, books and exhibitions play an important role in "spreading the word". With this in mind, the Foundation creates content, and develops print or digital media intended to further interest in the watchmaking professions.

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      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Trainings

      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.


      The Foundation also has partnerships with the main universities and institutes that prepare students for careers in the various fields of watchmaking and luxury.

    • FHH Academy

      The FHH Academy values the transfer of knowledge through trainings. Its mission is to unlock understanding and deliver knowledge to improve business performance for the watch industry sales professionals.

    • Organization

      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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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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Our Partner Brands

Ulysse Nardin Ferdinand Berthoud IWC Panerai Montblanc MB&F DeWitt Bovet 1822 Grönefeld Girard-Perregaux Audemars Piguet RJ Romain Gauthier Voutilainen Parmigiani Fleurier F.P. Journe Urwerk Cartier Laurent Ferrier A. Lange & Söhne Louis Vuitton Carl F. Bucherer Van Cleef & Arpels TAG Heuer Vacheron Constantin Zenith Breitling Hermès Armin Strom Piaget Chanel HYT Roger Dubuis Christophe Claret Greubel Forsey Bulgari Hautlence Ressence Richard Mille Jaeger-LeCoultre H. Moser & Cie Speake-Marin Chopard De Bethune

Innovate, inspire, amaze! Take a closer look at the Fine Watch brands, and share in the creativity and vision that bring their timepieces to life. These brands give form to centuries of expertise and an avant-garde spirit in tune with tomorrow's world. They are the bridge between tradition and modernity.

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  • Timepieces

    De Bethune Tourbillon Regulator

    De Bethune has reinvented the tourbillon as a regulator for the wrist, marking a bold step forward in the evolution of mechanical watches.Using new technologies, De Bethune has developed a tourbillon weighing just 0.18 grams,...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Jean André Lepaute

    Clockmaker to Louis XV of France. French clockmaker and older brother of Jean-Baptiste Lepaute. The Lepaute family was an important watchmaking dynasty throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.The tower clocks he...

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  • History


    Frenchman Thomas Bayard became the first "orologier" (watchmaker) in Geneva, followed notably by Martin Duboule at the end of the sixteenth century.

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  • Glossary

    • Applied chapter (Applique)

      The hour numerals or decorations that are cut from sheets of metal then affixed to the dial.

    • Block

      In a lever escapement, the dart is fixed to a block at the base of the fork.

    • Case middle

      The central part of the watch case that houses the movement. The back and bezel are fixed to the middle. Watchmakers refer to the caseband, bezel-snap and to the movement seat for fitting the...

    • Drum

      Lateral wall of a barrel or other similar hollow, cylindrical part. The inside of the barrel drum is fitted with a hook to take the mainspring.

    • European cut , mine cut or cushion cut

      Also known as the old European cut is an old, round brilliant cut with a very small table and heavy crown.

    • Foliot

      An oscillating bar with a weight at each ends used as a regulator in the first mechanical timepieces.

    • Glucidur (Glucydur)

      A highly elastic, hard, amagnetic and corrosion-proof alloy used to make monometallic balances, escapements and balance-springs.

    • 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.

    • Incabloc®

      A resilient bearing to dampen shocks on the balance-staff pivots. Also known as shockproofing. The majority of watches today use the Incabloc® system. Designed to absorb shocks...

    • 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...

    • Knot

      A raised mineral inclusion in a diamond found at the surface.

    • LumiNova®

      A new-generation luminous substance, used to coat hands and numerals. It stores light which it then emits in the dark causing the hands and numerals to glow and continue to be visible. Previously,...

    • 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.

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Pear shape

      The second most popular cut after the round brilliant. The pear (56 facets) is a combination of the round and marquise cuts.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rhodium plating

      A thin protective coating of rhodium on metal that gives a shiny appearance and hardens the surface.

    • Scale

      Graduations on the dial or bezel from which different measures can be read. A tachymeter scale measures the speed of a moving object over a given distance in kilometres, miles or...

    • Tahitian cultured pearl

      A black South Sea cultured pearl that is the only one that is a naturally coloured. They are produced by the large, black-lipped pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera; a mollusc found in the...

    • 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.

    • Watchmaker's cabinet

      A small chest of drawers for storing the watchmaker's tools and often part of the bench. A cabinet can also be a separate piece of furniture with any number of drawers for sorting and...

    • 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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