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  • Trends 2018

    The cream of the crop, selected for you by our experts.
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  • Event

    The 6th Hommage à la Passion and Hommage au Talent awards were presented on Wednesday April 18th 2018.

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    Replay all the SIHH 2018 highlights in video

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    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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    Fine Watchmaking now has its White Paper.

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    • 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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    • Training

      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.

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

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    • 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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  • Timepieces

    Tourbillon 24 Secondes

    The Tourbillon 24 Secondes plays on speed of rotation to resolve the problem of exposing the oscillator to critical positions in relation to gravity.The lowest variation in positions is no longer achieved by means of an...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Sylvain Mairet

    Swiss clockmaker and chronometer maker. Full name: Sylvain Jean-Mairet. Nephew and disciple of Frédéric Louis Favre-Bulle. Renowned for the production of anchor escapements, precision watches and chronometers....

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  • History

    1582

    The Jesuit Matteo Ricci (1522-1610) arrived in Macao. He introduced horology to the Chinese Emperor's court.

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  • Glossary

    • Assemble

      To position the different parts of the movement in relation to each other. Once done entirely by hand, assembly is now very much an automated process. However, the human element has retained all...

    • Bruting

      The step of diamond cutting used to give a rough diamond its shape.

    • Cultured pearl

      Pearls produced by oysters that have been surgically injected with bead of mussel shell.

    • Dart (Guard pin)

      In a lever escapement, a small metal pin which prevents accidental movement of the fork.

    • Enamel

      A vitreous substance whose main component is silica mixed with oxides (transition metals) that create a vast palette of colours. Enamel is used to decorate metal surfaces, in particular gold,...

    • File

      A hand tool of various shapes and sizes, made from tempered steel and used to give an object its rough or final form.

    • Grande complication

      See complication.

    • 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.

    • Impulse

      In a lever escapement, the action of the escape-wheel tooth on the impulse-face of the pallet.

    • 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.

    • Kunzite

      A transparent pink or light purple gemstone and is a variety of spodumene. The colour of some kunzite can be enhanced by irradiation. Kunzite has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.1 -...

    • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

      Numerals made up of dark bars on a lighter background, or vice versa, for continuous display in electronic digital watches.A digital display shows hours, minutes and seconds in...

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Pleochroism

      The ability of certain bi-refringent gemstones to show different tones a colour when viewed in different directions. Tourmaline is a example of a very pleochroic gemstone.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Revolutionary calendar

      A decree of October 5th, 1793, promulgated on November 24th of the same year, introduced the French Revolutionary (or Republican) calendar, based on the decimal system. It was...

    • Stopwork

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

    • Tweezers

      Small pincers for picking up and handling delicate parts.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

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

    • 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...

    • Wind

      The action of tightening the mainspring coiled inside the barrel by means of the winding crown (in a hand-wound watch) or the rotor (in a self-winding watch).

    • 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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