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  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

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  • Watches and Culture

    Bringing watchmaking culture to life: education, original content, industry think tank.

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  • Watches and Wonders

    More than just a destination, a real hub for the industry!

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Who are we

A not-for-profit foundation set up under private law in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and Richemont, the objective of the FHH is to promote and spread the reputation of watchmaking excellence around the world.

It provides information on the latest news, history and skills within the watchmaking professions. It trains, assesses and certifies horological knowledge. It organises large-scale events and encounters intended for both the general public and professionals. A creator of content, competencies, connections and experiences, the FHH is supported by leading names in the watch industry and independent creators, all actively contributing to its activities.


Our areas of expertise

    • Watches and Culture

      Watchmaking is a world of age-old knowledge and know-how, recently recognized by the UNESCO. Belonging to the world of Luxury, the watchmaking culture is not only a mechanical art but also an aesthetic, a history and a heritage, highlighted by the FHH to enable a public of novices, enthusiasts or professionals to appreciate its diversity.

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    • Watches and Wonders

      The Foundation has developed proven expertise in the organization of major events where professionals and lovers of fine watchmaking are able to discover the latest novelties and trends. Watches and Wonders Geneva, dedicated mainly to professionals, has become an essential yearly rendez-vous for the industry. It is enriched by regional events promoting Swiss watchmaking around the globe.

Head office

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

Watches and Culture: Did you know?

  • Timepieces

    Montblanc Star Twin Moonphase

    One moon - two hemispheres Classical and elegant, the Montblanc Star display round cases, black Arabic numerals and sumptuous finishes in the tradition of Haute Horlogerie, such as guilloché dials, endow these watches with a...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Oronce Fine

    French mathematician, cartographer and astronomer. The first holder of the mathematics chair at the Collège Royal (now the Collège de France), founded in 1530. He taught there from 1532 to his death. Helped to...

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  • History

    1838

    Louis Audemars' keyless winding mechanism.

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  • Glossary

    • Accutron

      The first electronic watch, controlled by a tuning fork and launched by Bulova in 1960.

    • Burnish

      To polish the pivots using a burnisher (polishing tool).

    • Counter

      Generally speaking, an instrument which counts and/or records. Chronograph totalisers are counters which indicate the number of revolutions made by the chronograph hand: 30, 45 or 60 minute...

    • Disc

      A flat, thin, round plate. The calendar disc rotates under the dial; its indications are shown through an aperture. Other discs display the day, month or moon phase.

    • Endstone

      An undrilled jewel that cushions the pivot of the balance staff.

    • Feather

      An inclusion resembling a feather that can start at the surface of the stone and extend deep inside.

    • Girdle

      The girdle is the widest perimeter of a gemstone that separates the top (crown) and the bottom (pavilion) of a cut gem.

    • Hematite

      A natural iron oxide that is a metallic dark to silver-grey with a high sheen. Hematite can be used to make watch dials. It has a specific gravity of 4.95 to 5.16 and a hardness of 6.5 on the...

    • Isochronism

      The property of being isochronal.The science of timing lies in achieving isochronism of the regulating organ of a timekeeping instrument. The principal factors that can impair a balance's...

    • Jumping hour

      A means of display in which the hour, shown through an aperture, instantly changes every 60 minutes.

    • Knot

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

    • 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...

    • Module

      An additional mechanism added to a movement, for example a perpetual calendar. Term also used to denote the entire movement of an electronic watch.

    • 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...

    • Oscillating weight (Rotor)

      In a self-winding movement, a heavy metal disc that turns freely in both directions to wind the mainspring.See rotor.

    • Pellaton (winding system)

      The Pellaton automatic winding system was developed by Albert Pellaton, then technical director at IWC, and patented in 1946. The system was further improved in 1950.

    • Quartz

      Silicon dioxide. Also called rock crystal. Quartz has the specific property of vibrating at a very high frequency (32 MHz) placed under electric current. Under certain conditions, it...

    • Ratchet

      A saw-toothed wheel.The ratchet wheel in a watch is a toothed wheel that is fixed by a square hole to the barrel arbor. A click (pawl) prevents the ratchet wheel from turning in the...

    • Shock absorber

      A resilient bearing to dampen shocks on the balance-staff pivots. Also known as shockproofing. The majority of watches today use the Incabloc® system.

    • Terminage

      The assembly and inspection of all the watch's parts.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

      A watch whose dial shows the time of places in different time zones.

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Watch

      A portable timepiece that functions in all positions. A watch comprises three essential parts: The movement made up of the different mechanical components required to keep...

    • 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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