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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.

       

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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 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

    Perpetual calendar minute repeater

    Unveiled in 1991, this perpetual calendar minute repeater is wound by rotating the bezel, a patented system. 

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Louis Leroy

    French clockmaker and chronometer maker. Clockmaker to the Navy. Member of the Bureau des Longitudes (nominated in 1914).

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  • History

    1983

    Official launching in Switzerland of the Swatch watch, in Zürich the first march 1983. The Swatch would be instrumental in reviving the Swiss watch industry. The first books on the history and technology of the wristwatch...

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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.

    • Back

      In a watch case, the cover, transparent or not, opposite the dial.

    • Carbonado

      Carbonardo is a rare type of opaque black diamond used for drilling bits and abrasive wheels. Unlike other diamonds, carbonadoes are not found in a crystallized form - they are found in irregular...

    • 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.

    • Fire

      The spectral colours that occur when a ray of light is transmitted through two facets at an angle. In a brilliant cut diamond, the crown facets will produce fire.

    • Green garnet

      Demantoid garnets, a green, and very lustrous type of garnet. They have characteristic inclusions that look like horsetails. Demantoid garnets has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.8 -...

    • Horn

      That part of a watch case to which the strap is attached. Horns come in various shapes and are attached to the case middle.

    • Index (Regulator)

      A device for adjusting a watch's rate by increasing or reducing the effective length of the balance spring. The index is a steel lever, the shorter end of which carries the curb pins which embrace...

    • Jasper

      An opaque, ornamental stone found in many colours, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped, speckled, and multi-coloured and is used in watch making as a dial. Jasper...

    • 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.

    • Lapidary

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

    • Mother-of-pearl

      Natural mother-of-pearl is the iridescent surface of the inside of certain shells. It is used as watch dials giving big stainless steel watches a rich appearance. Synthetic mother-of-pearl...

    • Nephrite

      A family of the jade group of ornamental gemstones. Nephrite is slightly softer that jadeite and is often veined.

    • Onyx

      A black agate that is often found as watch dials.

    • Palladium

      A rare metal of the platinum group. Palladium is used in Fine Jewellery alloys for its whiteness and durability.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Ruby

      A very hard red stone that is a type of corundum (aluminium oxide). Ruby is especially suited to making bearings (jewels) for the watch's different moving parts and the organs of the escapement,...

    • Stopwork

      System that controls tension to the mainspring when wound. The best-known stopwork mechanism is the "Maltese cross".

    • Telemeter

      A chronograph or subdial featuring a telemeter scale with which to measure the distance between an event and an observer based on the speed of sound.See complication.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • Vagues de Genève

      Synonym of Côtes de Genève. A decoration of undulating lines, like waves, frequently used to embellish superior quality movements.

    • 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.

    • Zinc

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

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