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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.

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  • Timepieces

    One Million $ Black Caviar Bang

    This unique piece, which houses a Tourbillon, symbolises the fusion between watchmaking and jewellery, between tradition and technology, and between glittering and invisibility. The vibration which emanates from it gives rise...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    John Arnold

    English clockmaker and chronometer maker. Member of the Clockmaker Company (CC.). Free CC.1783. Livery CC.1796.

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  • History

    1999

    Jean Kazes made the world's tallest clock (30 metres) for a hotel in Geneva. Omega launched the coaxial escapement, developed some 20 years previously by George Daniels.

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  • Glossary

    • Applied chapter (Applique)

      The hour numerals or decorations that are cut from sheets of metal then affixed to the dial.

    • Barrel arbor

      Supports the barrel and its spring. It comprises a cylinder, known as the core, and a hook to which the inner end of the mainspring is attached. The upper pivot is cut into a square for the...

    • Cut

      Cut is the result of centuries of research, trial and error. A stone is cut to show off its colour and create lustre by the play of light on its facets and eliminating its defects. Diamonds are...

    • Dynamograph

      Indicates the amount of tension in the mainspring so as to maintain it within ideal limits. Developed for watches by Audemars Piguet, it indicates the torque supplied by the mainspring. As long as...

    • Etablisseur

      In Switzerland, a watchmaker who buys ébauches and parts to then assemble them.

    • Facet

      The flat surface of a cut gemstone.

    • Glucidur (Glucydur)

      A highly elastic, hard, amagnetic and corrosion-proof alloy used to make monometallic balances, escapements and balance-springs.

    • Horology

      The science of measuring time.

    • Inverted calibre

      calibre whose dial is on the side with the bridges and geartrain rather than on the bottom-plate side

    • 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.

    • Knot

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

    • Lapidary

      A craftsman who cuts, polishes and sells coloured and precious stones. A lapidary who specializes in diamonds is called a diamond-cutter.

    • Manufacture

      The Swiss watch industry uses this term to differentiate between a company that manufactures a watch almost in its entirety as opposed to finishing shops which only assemble and time the watch,...

    • 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...

    • 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

      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...

    • Revolutionary calendar

      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...

    • Silent

      A manually-operated means of silencing a striking mechanism equipped with this function.

    • Tsavorite

      A rare, deep green variety of grossular garnet. The green colour comes from vanadium and chromium. A Tsavorite of over two carats are very rare. This gemstone has a hardness of 7.5 and a specific...

    • 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...

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • Wheel-cutting engine

      A machine for cutting the required number of teeth into an unfinished gear after marking the position of each tooth with a dividing plate.

    • 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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