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    The Miami Design District celebrates
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    Fine Watchmaking now has its White Paper.

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Our missions

    • Inform

      We have a role to educate both aficionados of watchmaking and the public at large. We achieve this through the production of magazines, reference books, exhibitions, lectures, an online encyclopaedia, and by relaying latest developments in the sector, training and job opportunities. Also as part of this mission to inform, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has compiled a guide to the sector's forty-some professions, for young people who want to make watchmaking their career.

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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Train

      From HH Academy to HH Certification, we work actively to develop knowledge of watches and watchmaking, as well as to validate and endorse skills. Year-round, the Foundation delivers a full programme of training, from beginner to expert level. Our goal is to provide the keys to understanding watchmaking, explore its diversity, and safeguard expertise. The Foundation also develops partnerships with schools and training institutes in all areas of the watchmaking and luxury industries.

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      The keys to understanding Fine Watchmaking, from beginner to expert level, with HH Academy.

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    • Recognise

      Since 2005, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has acted as a reference for the profession. It integrates notions of excellence, innovation, creativity and a continued heritage. These values were defined by the Cultural Council, which combines the competencies of more than forty international experts. This Council has set out the principles that have accompanied watchmaking from its earliest expression to the present day and into the future.

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      White Paper

      Establish a reference that encompasses the fundamental values of Fine Watchmaking.

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      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organisation of events where specialists and the general public discover Fine Watchmaking and its major trends. Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, a globally renowned event reserved primarily for professionals, and its B2C equivalent, Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, are the most representative examples.

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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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Our Partner Brands

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

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

    J12 Calibre 3125

    A new J12 in 18K yellow gold and ceramic, equipped with an automatic-winding mechanical movement developed in collaboration with the manufacturer Audemars Piguet: the CHANEL-AP 3125.This fine watchmaking movement is based on...

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    Abraham-Louis Breguet

    Swiss clockmaker, established in Paris. Stayed in Switzerland and met Abraham Louis Perrelet. Master Clockmaker in 1784.Member of the Bureau des Longitudes in 1814. Watchmaker to the Royal Navy...

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  • History

    1760

    Opening of the first Swiss watch shop, Beyer, in Zurich.

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  • Glossary

    • Anti-magnetic

      Describes a watch that is protected against magnetic fields.

    • Bar

      Unit of measure to indicate a watch's water-resistance, specifically its capacity to resist pressure, based on standard atmospheric pressure defined as 101.325 kilopascals (kPa) equivalent to...

    • Colour

      A gem is most often chosen for its colour. The diamond has its own internationally recognized colour grading scale, defined by professional bodies. See fancy colour. Fancy colours...

    • Dial foot

      Attaches the dial to the bottom plate. The dial feet are screwed to the bottom plate.

    • Exterior

      The different parts (case, dial, hands, crystal, crown, etc.) that help to give the watch its finished and functional appearance.

    • Full cut

      A brilliant cut diamond.

    • Gemstone

      A gemstone (also called a precious stone) is a mineral that is rare, durable and beautiful. A few organic materials, like amber, coral and pearls are also considered gemstones.

    • Heliotrope

      Heliotrope is also known as bloodstone. It is a variety of chalcedony that is dark green with red specks. Heliotrope is used as watch dials.

    • Invisible setting

      A groove is cut into a rounded stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible. This technique was patented by Cartier in...

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • 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.

    • Lapis lazuli

      A rich blue opaque gemstone often used in watch dials. It is specked with pyrite that looks like gold. Lapis has a hardness of 5.5; it has a specific gravity of 2.4 to 2.9. Lapis lazuli is not a...

    • Marine chronometer

      Traditionally, "marine chronometer" refers to a large watch for keeping time onboard ship. In the latter years of the eighteenth century, the term was extended to mean a...

    • Nacre

      The iridescent substance secreted by molluscs around a foreign object. Pearls and cultured pearls are covered with nacre by certain species of oysters and mussels.

    • Onyx

      A black agate that is often found as watch dials.

    • Pin

      An articulated metal catch that is inserted in a hole in the leather strap then secured by the buckle. The majority of belts fasten this way. A watch can be said to have a pin buckle.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rim

      A circular mass held by spokes to form the balance.

    • Striking mechanism

      An acoustic device that automatically or on demand indicates the hour, and possibly quarter-hour and minutes, or sounds at a pre-set time.There are different striking mechanisms: Passing...

    • Timing

      Before the watch can be timed, the following operations must be completed:pinning, centring and truing the balance spring poising the balance defining the count point...

    • 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...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Wheel

      A circular component that rotates around an axis and whose function is to transmit power or motion.

    • Year

      A four-digit indication of the current year that changes automatically at midnight on December 31st.

    • Zodiac

      At the heart of countless legends and beliefs, since ancient times precious stones have had symbolic value. From the Jews to the Egyptians, each culture and religion has given a different meaning...

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