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    • 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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      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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    • 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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      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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  • Timepieces


    Watchmakers are well-advised to listen to the market and pay heed to their customers' requests and suggestions, no matter how bewildering they may at first seem. Take as proof the Portuguese by IWC. Three-quarters of a century later,...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Louis Leroy

    French clockmaker and chronometer maker. Clockmaker to the Navy. Member of the Bureau des Longitudes (nominated in 1914).

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    Foundation in Biel of the first Swiss institution to officially control watch rates, acknowledged as the official watch observation bureau in 1893 and now the Bureau officiel des chronomètres (BO).Wristwatches produced in...

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    • Atmos

      A clock, made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, driven by variations in temperature or atmospheric pressure and invented by Jean-Léon Reutter. The original Atmos, made in 1926, was presented to...

    • Block

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

    • Chronometer (general definition)

      A chronometer is, etymologically, an instrument for measuring the time. With usage it has come to mean a high-precision watch displaying seconds whose movement has been controlled over a period of...

    • Dart (Guard pin)

      In a lever escapement, a small metal pin which prevents accidental movement of the fork.

    • Endstone

      An undrilled jewel that cushions the pivot of the balance staff.

    • Fabrique

      A term formerly used in Geneva to describe all the different professions involved in watchmaking.

    • Gild

      To cover an object with a thin layer of gold, generally by electroplating. In a watch, the case but also the movement's plate and bridges can be gilded.

    • Hand-setting

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

    • Invar

      Alloy of iron and nickel whose low coefficient of thermal expansion was discovered by Charles Edouard Guillaume. Invar (abbreviation of invariable) belongs to the Elinvar family of metals...

    • Jumping seconds

      On a chronograph, a hand that makes one rotation every second, pausing four, five, even eight times to indicate quarters, fifths or eighths of a second. Also called foudroyante.

    • 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.

    • Leap year calendar

      The Leap year calendar takes automatically into account months with less than 31 days and of February, when it counts 28 days. It must be adjusted every fourth year.See Watches with...

    • Moss agate

      A green variety of agate. It is chalcedony that has dendritic green, red or black inclusions. The inclusions often form beautiful patterns and are used as watch dials or cases.

    • 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...

    • Oval

      A brilliant cut with an oval rather than round girdle (55 facets). Invented in the 1960s, it is increasingly popular for solitaire engagement rings or as a centre-stone surrounded by two...

    • Pavilion

      In a cut stone, the part below the girdle (for diamonds) or rondiste (for coloured stones).

    • 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...

    • Retrograde

      An hour, minute, seconds or calendar hand which moves across a scale and, at the end of its cycle, returns immediately to zero to begin again.

    • Strap

      A means of attaching the watch around the wrist. A strap can be in gold, silver, steel, leather, exotic skin, etc. and in styles from the simplest to the most elaborate.

    • Temper

      Heat treatment after quenching whereby metal is heated then slowly cooled. Tempering increases mechanical resistance by reducing the brittleness induced by quenching.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

      A watch whose dial shows the time of places in different time zones.

    • 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...

    • 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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