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  • Event

    The Miami Design District celebrated
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    • 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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  • Glossary

    • Asthmometer

      A chronograph or sports counter whose dial includes an asthmometer scale indicating the number of respirations per minute. Usually calibrated for 15 respirations, the chronograph hand is stopped...

    • Brilliant cut

      A round diamond that is cut with 57 or 58 facets or 32 facets + plus the largest facet called the table, 24 are below. The 58th facet is optional and is polished at the point of the diamond.

    • 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...

    • Disc

      A flat, thin, round plate. The calendar disc rotates under the dial; its indications are shown through an aperture. Other discs display the day, month or moon phase.

    • Engine-turning (Guilloché)

      A style of hand or machine engraving with intersecting wavy or straight lines. When the piece is moved horizontally or vertically against the tool, the finished effect is guilloché, compared with...

    • Foliot

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

    • Gemmology

      The study of precious stones.

    • Hatch

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

    • Isochronism

      The property of being isochronal.The science of timing lies in achieving isochronism of the regulating organ of a timekeeping instrument. The principal factors that can impair a balance's...

    • 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.

    • Knot

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

    • Lever

      Part of a watch or clock escapement, made in steel or brass. The lever, whose form suggests a ship's anchor, has a dual function: it transmits energy from the spring via the wheels to the...

    • Mastership

      The position held by a master. In Switzerland, a master must take an exam and have several years' experience as a watchmaker-repairer. In Geneva, the first masterships date back to...

    • Niello

      An enamel-like alloy of lead, copper, silver, sulphur and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride). Niello paste is applied over incised gold or silver then fired in the enamellist's furnace. Excess...

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Pulsometer

      A chronograph or sports counter whose dial includes a pulsometric scale to measure the number of heartbeats per minute. Usually calibrated for 15 or 30 beats, the hand is stopped at the patient's...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Retour en vol

      A function of particular use to pilots by which the chronograph hand can be reset to zero and immediately started again by pressing once on the pushpiece. Indeed, the operation of stopping,...

    • 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...

    • Telemeter

      A chronograph or subdial featuring a telemeter scale with which to measure the distance between an event and an observer based on the speed of sound.See complication.

    • 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...

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • 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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