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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

    • Arabic numerals

      1, 2, 3, etc. Arabic numerals, which were widely used on watch dials towards the eighteenth century, allow greater scope for fantasy than their Roman counterparts. The majority of fine-quality...

    • Bow lathe

      The bow is a band of steel strung with a cord, generally gut, which drives the watchmaker's lathe.

    • Crystal

      A crystal is a mineral whose atoms form a very regular structure. Most gemstones are found as crystals.

    • Daylight Saving Time

      Legal time in certain countries that is one hour ahead of winter time, itself one hour ahead of solar time.

    • 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.

    • Feather

      An inclusion resembling a feather that can start at the surface of the stone and extend deep inside.

    • Grain

      A unit of weight for fine pearls: one grain equals a quarter of a carat or 0.05 grams. In stone-setting, the grain is a shaving of metal lifted from the mount and bent over the stone to...

    • Hessonite

      A brown to orange gemstone variety of grossular garnet. This transparent stone has a hardness of 6.5 - 7 and a specific gravity of 3.6. This stone is not enhanced.

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Leather

      An abbreviated means of referring to a leather watchstrap.

    • Microcrystallin

      Microcrystalline is a type of mineral structure in which the crystals are so small that they can only be seen using a microscope. Agate, example is microcrystalline.

    • Natural pearl

      A natural pearl is also called an oriental pearl. This pearl is formed by an oyster, freshwater mussel or other mollusc as a reaction to a tiny invading object that happened to be caught inside...

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • Revolutionary

      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...

    • Smoky quartz

      Smoky quartz is the brown variety of mono crystalline quartz.

    • Tooth

      A projection on the edge of a gear, escapement wheel, ratchet wheel, etc.

    • 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.

    • Water-Resistant

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres. See Waterproof

    • 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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