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    "We are pleased to welcome Carl F. Bucherer
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  • Trends 2018

    The cream of the crop, selected for you by our experts.
    New selection from Baselworld after the SIHH selection.

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  • Event

    The 6th Hommage à la Passion and Hommage au Talent awards were presented on Wednesday April 18th 2018.

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    Replay all the SIHH 2018 highlights in video

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    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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    Fine Watchmaking now has its White Paper.

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Our areas of expertise

    • Information

      Information is the key to understanding the specificity of Fine Watchmaking, whether for the general public or an enlightened audience. Information also creates interest among younger generations who envisage a career in watchmaking.

       

      Magazines, books and exhibitions play an important role in "spreading the word". With this in mind, the Foundation creates content, and develops print or digital media intended to further interest in the watchmaking professions.

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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Trainings

      Through its FHH Academy, the Foundation educates about watchmaking and recognizes levels of competency. All year round, classes ranging from beginner to expert provide essential knowledge for understanding and exploring the many aspects of watchmaking, as well as safeguarding expertise.

       

      The Foundation also has partnerships with the main universities and institutes that prepare students for careers in the various fields of watchmaking and luxury.

    • FHH Academy

      The FHH Academy values the transfer of knowledge through trainings. Its mission is to unlock understanding and deliver knowledge to improve business performance for the watch industry sales professionals.

    • Organization

      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organization of events where specialists and the general public can discover watchmaking and its major trends, such as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals - and the Watches & Wonders fairs.

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      Events

      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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Our Partner Brands

Bulgari Carl F. Bucherer Van Cleef & Arpels Cartier RJ HYT IWC Breitling Richard Mille Voutilainen Parmigiani Fleurier A. Lange & Söhne De Bethune Zenith Christophe Claret Ressence Urwerk Bovet 1822 MB&F Chanel Chopard Greubel Forsey Romain Gauthier Speake-Marin Hermès Hautlence Vacheron Constantin Ulysse Nardin Montblanc Audemars Piguet H. Moser & Cie Armin Strom Piaget DeWitt Panerai Jaeger-LeCoultre F.P. Journe Grönefeld Laurent Ferrier Louis Vuitton Roger Dubuis TAG Heuer Girard-Perregaux Ferdinand Berthoud

Innovate, inspire, amaze! Take a closer look at the Fine Watch brands, and share in the creativity and vision that bring their timepieces to life. These brands give form to centuries of expertise and an avant-garde spirit in tune with tomorrow's world. They are the bridge between tradition and modernity.

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  • Timepieces

    Speedmaster

    When on July 21st, 1969 Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the Moon, it was 2.56 GMT by the Omega Speedmaster he wore - as reported at the time - on his wrist. We now know that only Buzz Aldrin was wearing his watch;...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Pierre Augustin Caron dit Beaumarchais

    French clockmaker, son of André Charles. Brother-in-law of Jean Antoine Lépine. Watchmaker to the King in 1755. Writer and playwright known as Beaumarchais.

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  • History

    1364

    Giovanni de Dondi of Padua built his Astrarium : an astronomical clock considered to be the wonder of its age. Although the original has disappeared, a replica was made based on detailed descriptions left by its creator.

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    • Asterism

      An optical phenomenon of intersecting lines in a star formation, caused by the reflection of light rays on inclusions . It can be seen in certain cabochon-cut stones such as the star ruby and star...

    • Blank

      An unfinished movement sold as such. Until circa 1850, an ébauche comprised only the plate, bridges, fusee and barrel. It was known as a blanc and was finished at the établissage. The...

    • Case

      Container that protects the watch movement from dust, damp and knocks. The case is part of the watch's appearance and, influenced by fashions and buyers' personal taste, must have visual...

    • Detent

      A lever which restrains then releases a mechanism and in doing so regulates its movement..

    • Enamelwork

      The result of applying enamel. Since the seventeenth century, watch cases and dials have produced some masterpieces of enamelwork.

    • Fork

      In clocks and watches, an extension of the lever that connects the escapement and the pendulum rod or balance.

    • Gnomon

      One of the very first instruments for measuring time, the gnomon is a vertically-positioned stick, tree, person or any object which, by the position and length of its shadow, indicates the hour of...

    • Hatch

      An opening in the case allowing easy access to one of the watch's internal components, usually the battery.

    • Isochronal (Isochronous)

      Recurring at regular intervals. The oscillations of a pendulum or balance are isochronal when their duration is the same regardless of their amplitude.

    • 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.

    • Lever

      Part of a watch or clock escapement, made in steel or brass. The lever, whose form suggests a ship's anchor, has a dual function: it transmits energy from the spring via the wheels to the...

    • Moissanite

      A colourless diamond imitation.

    • 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...

    • Oscillator

      A device such as a pendulum or balance that produces the oscillations that divide time into equal units: a balance spring in a mechanical watch; a quartz in a quartz watch.

    • Precious stone

      A precious stone (also called a gemstone) is one that is rare, beautiful and durable.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rim

      A circular mass held by spokes to form the balance.

    • Stippling (Spotting)

      A decorative finish of overlapping circles in a close-set concentric pattern that gives a distinctive textured effect.

    • Timer

      A watchmaker who carries out timing operations.

    • Universal Time (UT)

      Since 1972, a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian. Universal Time (UT) is a measurement of time based on the Earth's...

    • Vane

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

    • 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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