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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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      Establish a reference that encompasses the fundamental values of Fine Watchmaking.

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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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Our Partner Brands

Van Cleef & Arpels Jaeger-LeCoultre Greubel Forsey Parmigiani Fleurier Vacheron Constantin Girard-Perregaux MB&F Roger Dubuis Chopard Bovet 1822 Richard Mille Piaget Louis Vuitton Audemars Piguet F.P. Journe Christophe Claret Cartier HYT De Bethune Bulgari H. Moser & Cie Hermès A. Lange & Söhne IWC TAG Heuer Panerai Montblanc Chanel

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

    Jules Audemars Equation of Time

    Selfwinding equation of time watch with sunrise and sunset times and perpetual calendar with astronomic moon. 18-carat white gold case, silvered dial, black strap.

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Jost Bürgi

    Swiss clockmaker, astronomer and mathematician. Mechanic to the margraviate of Hesse (Germany), from 1595. Then clockmaker to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II (Prague), 1603 to 1622. In Prague,...

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    The first mass-produced quartz watches with analog display and integrated circuit (Bêta 21).

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  • Glossary

    • Atomic clock

      A caesium clock draws on the hypothesis of stable atomic properties, in particular the frequency of radiation corresponding to the transitions between two energy levels. The atomic frequency...

    • Bezel or collet setting

      The stone is encircled by a strip of metal which is pressed over so as to extend slightly over the girdle. This closed setting is the oldest and most resistant.

    • Cabochon

      A polished precious or fine stone cut into a dome and without facets. Used to decorate a watch dial and sometimes the crown.

    • Dividing head (Division plate)

      A disc with evenly spaced notches around its circumference for dividing the circumference of gears prior to cutting the required number of teeth.

    • Ephemeris

      A table, published annually, showing the positions of the stars and planets.

    • 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.

    • Hardness

      The resistance of a material to scratching and wear. Hardness is measured using the Moh's Scale. This scale indicates that one substance can scratch the substance below it and scratch itself. For...

    • Invisible setting

      A groove is cut into a rounded stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible. This technique was patented by Cartier in...

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • Knot

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

    • Leap year

      Introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC as part of the Julian calendar, the leap year was already found in certain Egyptian and Babylonian calendars. It has 366 days and generally occurs every four...

    • Meridian

      An imaginary circle intersecting the Earth's poles. The meridian of a given location is the circle that intersects it and the two poles. The Greenwich meridian is taken as the prime meridian. Time...

    • 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...

    • Opaque

      An optical characteristic of certain gemstones that do not transmit light either due to a very saturated colour or numerous inclusions.

    • Pin

      An articulated metal catch that is inserted in a hole in the leather strap then secured by the buckle. The majority of belts fasten this way. A watch can be said to have a pin buckle.

    • 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...

    • Roch cristal

      The colourless transparent variety of mono-crystalline quartz.

    • Shockproof

      Designed to withstand shocks without being damaged. See also shock absorber and Incabloc®.

    • Thermal compensator

      A device, generally made from two metals that dilate differently, used in clocks and watches to compensate the effects of heat and cold on rate.

    • 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...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Waterproof

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres.See also ATM; water-resistant.

    • 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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