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  • 2019 SIHH

    The Salon opens its doors from 14th to 17th January 2019.

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  • Partner brands

    "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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    Understanding luxury watches is only one click away !

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    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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  • News

    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

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

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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  • Glossary

    • 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...

    • Bolt

      A catch that can be operated from the outside of a watch case to trigger a mechanism, for example to set the hands.

    • Ceramic

      From the Greek keramos meaning fired pottery. In watchmaking, ceramic is a high-tech material, generally made from aluminium and zirconium oxides (polycrystals) for the manufacturing of cases and...

    • Dual time zone

      Describes a watch that simultaneously gives the time in two time zones, usually local and the wearer's home.

    • 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.

    • Fusee

      A more or less conical part with spiral grooves for gut, and after circa 1640 chain, which connects to the barrel. It regulates the power transferred to the gears. Almost all sixteenth,...

    • Goldsmith

      A craftsman who produces decorative objects in precious metals, as well as in pewter and copper.

    • Hand-setting

      The action of adjusting a watch's hands to the time shown on a reference clock.

    • Iolite

      Iolite is a transparent, violet-blue, light blue, or yellow-gray mineral. Iolite is pleochroic; a single stone will show up to 3 colours (in this case violet-blue, light blue, and yellow-gray)....

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • Knot

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

    • Lug

      A thin metal rod fixed between the case horns for attaching the watch strap.

    • Moonstone

      A variety of orthoclase feldspar that shows a bluish white glow that is called adularescence. It is usually whitish-blue, but can be colourless, yellow, orange, gray, or even reddish. Moonstone is...

    • Nephrite

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

    • Oscillation

      When a pendulum or balance oscillates it moves between two extreme positions (A' and A''). The movement from one of these positions to the other and back equals one oscillation. Usually a balance...

    • Perpetual calendar

      Devised to incorporate the specificities of the Gregorian calendar. It is perpetual because it automatically adjusts to months with 30 days and to the 28 or 29 days in February. For this, it...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rutilated quartz

      A rock crystal that has inclusions of rutile that looks like golden hair. It belongs to the mono-crystalline family of quartz.

    • Split-seconds (chronograph)

      The split-seconds chronograph is used to time different events that begin but do not end together. When set, the hand of the chronograph and the hand of the split seconds button when the first...

    • Tourmaline

      A dichroic gemstone that comes in all colours of the rainbow. Some crystals are bi or tri coloured. Tourmaline has the greatest colour range of any gemstone. Tourmaline has a hardness of 7-7.5 and...

    • 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.

    • Watchmaker's cabinet

      A small chest of drawers for storing the watchmaker's tools and often part of the bench. A cabinet can also be a separate piece of furniture with any number of drawers for sorting and...

    • 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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