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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.

Head office

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

Watches and Culture: Did you know?

  • Timepieces

    Dentelle de Monogram

    The dial of this timepiece, unveiled to coincide with the launch of the Voyage dans le Temps fine jewellery collection in 2012, reprises the Dentelle de Monogram design. It is housed inside a minimalist white gold case. The pattern is...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Louis Richard

    Swiss clockmaker and chronometer maker. Full name: Louis JeanRichard-dit-Bressel. Descendant of Daniel JeanRichard-dit-Bressel. Nephew by marriage of Frédéric Louis Favre-Bulle.

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  • History

    1543

    Copernic (1473-1543) publie De Revolutionibus orbium caelestium, ouvrage qui place le soleil au centre du système solaire.

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  • Glossary

    • Agate

      A variety of the quartz group that exists in many different colours and is opaque. This ornamental gemstone is sometimes used for watch dials.

    • Brace (Bridle)

      Part that holds or retains. Clamp, Winding-stem brace, Mainspring bridle, Slip spring, pivoting brace

    • Countdown timer

      A device for counting backwards over a given interval.

    • Dead seconds

      A hand that jumps forward when the second has elapsed. Breguet used the expression seconde d'un coup or "sudden second".Generally, the jump of a hand is a distinctive feature of a quartz...

    • Escapement

      A mechanism that is fitted between the gears and the regulating organ. Its function is to suspend the gears' motion at regular intervals and to supply energy to the balance. The main types...

    • Fresh water cultured pearl

      A cultured pearl that was formed in a freshwater mussel.

    • Gemmology

      The study of precious stones.

    • Hand

      A variously shaped indicator made from a thin piece of lightweight metal and which moves round a dial, with or without graduations. Most watches have three hands, one each for the hours, minutes...

    • Independent seconds

      A large hand in the centre of the dial, driven by a separate train to the hours and minutes, and making one jump forward every second.

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • Kunzite

      A transparent pink or light purple gemstone and is a variety of spodumene. The colour of some kunzite can be enhanced by irradiation. Kunzite has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.1 -...

    • Labradorite

      A variety of plagioclase feldspar that has a greyish background with flashes of colour called labradorescence. It is used as watch dials. Labradorite has a hardness of 6 to 6.5 and a specific...

    • Manual

      Describes a movement that is wound by hand using the winding crown.

    • 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...

    • Onyx

      A black agate that is often found as watch dials.

    • Piezoelectric

      The ability of certain crystals to generate a voltage in response to applied mechanical stress (pressure, twisting, traction, etc.). Discovered by brothers Pierre and Jacques Curie in...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Repassage

      The final and complete inspection of the watch with its mechanism and aesthetics, just before it leaves the manufacturer. Both rate and appearance are inspected.

    • Stamping press

      A high-precision tool that revolutionised mechanised watch production, used to shear, bend, shape, pierce and adjust most of the watch's parts.

    • Terminage

      The assembly and inspection of all the watch's parts.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • 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.

    • Zinc

      A metal applied by electrodeposition (electroplating) to protect iron and steel.

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