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    WATCHES & WONDERS 2020 will take place
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    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation.

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      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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      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.

       

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      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.

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      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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  • Timepieces

    Arceau Grande Lune

    This year, a new version is enriching the line of Arceau watches. Echoing the case of the 43 mm chronograph model, the Arceau Grande Lune watch is a complete calendar watch featuring day and month apertures. Its dial is stamped with a...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Daniel JeanRichard-dit-Bressel

    Swiss clockmaker. Born in Bressels. Set up shop in Le Locle as of 1705. Probably served his apprenticeship in the goldsmith trade. Self-taught clockmaker. Pioneer of the development of clockmaking in...

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  • History

    1517

    Watchmakers competed to produce smaller and smaller watches that could be easily carried. In 1518, François I spent a fortune on two watches set in daggers.

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  • Glossary

    • Aperture

      A small opening in the dial. In an aperture watch, various indications such as the month, moon phase, day, date, hour, minute, etc. are visible through these openings.

    • Bort

      Industrial diamond that is used for polishing.

    • 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...

    • Digital

      A system controlled by the watch movement to indicate the time. An alphanumerical (or numerical) display uses letters and numerals (or just numerals) to show the time.An...

    • Engage

      To set in motion, to connect two mechanical systems by means of a mechanical, electrical or other device. When a watch is set to the right time, the winding stem engages with the sliding pinion...

    • Fly-back (Retour en vol)

      A function of particular use to pilots by which the chronograph hand can be reset to zero and immediately started again by pressing once on the pushpiece. Indeed, the operation of...

    • Gong

      In a movement and struck by hammers. Gongs replaced bells in striking watches in the early nineteenth century, allowing for much slimmer watches.

    • Hertz (Hz)

      A unit of frequency of a periodic phenomenon equal to one cycle per second.

    • Inverted calibre

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

    • 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.

    • Knot

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

    • Large date

      A date function with large numerals on two independent discs, displayed through oversized apertures. In 1994, A. Lange & Söhne displays for the first the the Large Date in the...

    • 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,...

    • 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...

    • Organic

      Describes a substance produced by a living organism. Pearl, coral and shell are examples of organic substances used in jewellery.

    • Paillonné enamel

      Ornamental paillons under a layer of transparent enamel (fondant).

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Red diamond

      A rare fancy diamond that is quite valuable.

    • Synthetic ruby (Scientific ruby)

      A synthetic stone developed by the chemist Auguste Verneuil in 1891-1892 and made public in 1902. Synthetic rubies, which have exactly the same properties as natural rubies, are used...

    • Transfer

      Apply markings (numerals, signature, etc.) to the dial by means of a gelatine pad pressed onto an engraved and inked block.

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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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