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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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      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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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.

       

      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 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.

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  • Timepieces

    Sauterelle

    The Sauterelle features an exclusive regulator system with remontoir d'égalité and dead seconds. 

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    Abraham Louis Perrelet

    Swiss watchmaker and one of the fathers of precision watchmaking in the Neuchâtel mountains.

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  • History

    1775

    Invention of a simplified flat calibre with bridges, named the Lépine calibre after its inventor, the Frenchman Jean-Antoine Lépine. Its principle is still used in mechanical watches.

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  • Glossary

    • Axle

      A pivoted steel arbor on which the balance is mounted.

    • Bort

      Industrial diamond that is used for polishing.

    • Clutch

      A coupling which temporarily connects two rotating parts, one driving and one driven. In a chronograph mechanism, the clutch temporarily connects two wheels. One wheel transfers power from...

    • 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,...

    • Fracture

      A break in a gemstone.

    • Grande complication

      See complication.

    • Hardness

      The resistance of a material to scratching and wear. Hardness is measured using the Moh's Scale. This scale indicates that one substance can scratch the substance below it and scratch itself. For...

    • Inclusion

      An inclusion is a particle of foreign matter found within a gemstone. Inclusions can be another mineral, a liquid or a gas. Inclusions decrease the value of a diamond when visible with a 10X...

    • Jumping hour

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

    • 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 -...

    • Light-Emitting Diode (LED)

      A segmented luminous source used to display numerals on electronic digital watches. Operated by a push-button.

    • Manufacture

      The Swiss watch industry uses this term to differentiate between a company that manufactures a watch almost in its entirety as opposed to finishing shops which only assemble and time the watch,...

    • 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...

    • PVD

      Physical vapour deposition, a technique for coating metal.See electroplating and plating.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Railroad

      A minute scale on a dial that resembles a railway track.

    • Step motor

      An electric motor in which at least one part moves as a series of steps. Also known as a Lavet motor after its inventor Marius Lavet, the step motor equips the majority of quartz watches.

    • Tahitian cultured pearl

      A black South Sea cultured pearl that is the only one that is a naturally coloured. They are produced by the large, black-lipped pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera; a mollusc found in the...

    • Universal hour

      One twenty-fourth of the universal day which begins at midnight at the Prime Meridian at Greenwich. Following the 1884 International Meridian Conference in Washington, the Earth was divided...

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • Water clock

      Water clock: clepsydra with a system of gears.

    • 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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