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  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

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  • Watches and Culture

    Bringing watchmaking culture to life: education, original content, industry think tank.

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  • Watches and Wonders

    More than just a destination, a real hub for the industry!

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Who are we

A not-for-profit foundation set up under private law in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and Richemont, the objective of the FHH is to promote and spread the reputation of watchmaking excellence around the world.

It provides information on the latest news, history and skills within the watchmaking professions. It trains, assesses and certifies horological knowledge. It organises large-scale events and encounters intended for both the general public and professionals. A creator of content, competencies, connections and experiences, the FHH is supported by leading names in the watch industry and independent creators, all actively contributing to its activities.


Our areas of expertise

    • Watches and Culture

      Watchmaking is a world of age-old knowledge and know-how, recently recognized by the UNESCO. Belonging to the world of Luxury, the watchmaking culture is not only a mechanical art but also an aesthetic, a history and a heritage, highlighted by the FHH to enable a public of novices, enthusiasts or professionals to appreciate its diversity.

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    • Watches and Wonders

      The Foundation has developed proven expertise in the organization of major events where professionals and lovers of fine watchmaking are able to discover the latest novelties and trends. Watches and Wonders Geneva, dedicated mainly to professionals, has become an essential yearly rendez-vous for the industry. It is enriched by regional events promoting Swiss watchmaking around the globe.

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Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

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  • Glossary

    • Anti-magnetic

      Describes a watch that is protected against magnetic fields.

    • Bulk setting

      The stone is held in place by shavings of metal that are raised from the mount using a graver (a cutting tool for hand-working the metal). In a pavé setting, the stones are set close...

    • Canary diamond

      Diamonds that have a deep natural yellow colour.

    • Decimal hour

      A decree of October 5th, 1793, promulgated on November 24th of the same year, introduced the French Revolutionary (or Republican) calendar, based on the decimal system. It was declared to...

    • Engine turn

      To cut metal with decorative engraving by hand or using an engine turning machine.

    • 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.

    • Gregorian calendar

      The calendar now referred to by the majority of countries, introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII in his reform of the Julian calendar. With its 365.25 days, the Julian year was 11 minutes...

    • Hour-wheel

      The wheel that carries the hour hand.

    • Integrated circuit

      A group of electronic components and their connections, performing one or more functions. Integrated circuits for watches measure just a few square millimetres.

    • 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....

    • 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.

    • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

      Numerals made up of dark bars on a lighter background, or vice versa, for continuous display in electronic digital watches.A digital display shows hours, minutes and seconds in...

    • Micron

      A metric unit of length equal to one thousandth of a millimetre or one millionth of a metre. The watch industry often expresses tolerances in microns.

    • 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...

    • Opale

      An amorphous gemstone that shows the spectral colours called fire on either a white or black background. An orange variety called Fire Opal comes from Mexico and does not always have the fire of...

    • Pellaton (winding system)

      The Pellaton automatic winding system was developed by Albert Pellaton, then technical director at IWC, and patented in 1946. The system was further improved in 1950.

    • 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...

    • Rock setting

      Baguette-cut diamonds of the first water are positioned so as to accentuate their fire without showing any of the metal underneath. This technique was developed in 2004 by...

    • Smoky quartz

      Smoky quartz is the brown variety of mono crystalline quartz.

    • Translucent

      A gemstone that allows light to pass through it, but is diffused.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • 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...

    • Water-resistance

      A watch's water-resistance is measured in bars (a unit of pressure where 1 bar equals 1 atmosphere or atm). Manufacturers generally indicate this water-resistance in metres (m), feet (ft),...

    • 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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