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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

    Skeleton Double Tourbillon EXCALIBUR

    Thanks to its innovative design and distinctive features, the EXCALIBUR case has become one of the brand’s icons and has housed, with equal success, all the complicated and highly-complicated movements made by the Manufacture: from the...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Augustin Michel Henry-Lepaute

    French watchmaker, nephew of Jean-André and Jean-Baptiste Lepaute.Clockmaker to Louis-Philippe of France and Emperor Napoleon III, who in 1854 authorised him to take Lepaute as his second surname.The Lepaute family...

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  • History

    1695

    The half-quarter repeater watch appeared in England.

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  • Glossary

    • Argand burner

      An oil lamp once used by watchmakers as lighting.

    • Baguette

      The cut of a gemstone stone that has been cut into a long, rectangular shape. The word baguette means "stick" or "rod" in French.

    • Champlevé(e)

      Describes a metal surface that has been hollowed using a graver to form cells that will be filled with enamel.

    • Drum

      Lateral wall of a barrel or other similar hollow, cylindrical part. The inside of the barrel drum is fitted with a hook to take the mainspring.

    • Engraving

      The art of forming patterns either by hand, using a graver, or by machine such as a rose engine.

    • Fluorescence

      The ability of certain gemstones to transform invisible light (ultra violet light) into visible light. Fluorite is such a mineral.

    • Gong

      In a movement and struck by hammers. Gongs replaced bells in striking watches in the early nineteenth century, allowing for much slimmer watches.

    • 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.

    • Invar

      Alloy of iron and nickel whose low coefficient of thermal expansion was discovered by Charles Edouard Guillaume. Invar (abbreviation of invariable) belongs to the Elinvar family of metals...

    • Jewel

      To set or push fit jewels (ruby bearings) 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.

    • Luster

      The effect produced by the reflection of light on the surface of a stone. Its intensity depends on the refractive index of the stone and the quality of its polish. Lustre can be vitreous,...

    • 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...

    • Nickel silver (German silver)

      A silver-white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc developed in France circa 1820 by Maillot and Chorier from whom it takes its name.

    • Oscillator

      A device such as a pendulum or balance that produces the oscillations that divide time into equal units: a balance spring in a mechanical watch; a quartz in a quartz watch.

    • Pinion

      A watch part, generally with 6 to 14 leaves (teeth). The different parts of the pinion are the leaves, the seat to which the wheel is riveted, the shank and the pivots.

    • 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...

    • Rack

      A toothed segment used in certain passing strike mechanisms that do not have a count wheel (locking plate).

    • Silent

      A manually-operated means of silencing a striking mechanism equipped with this function.

    • Tourbillon

      A system devised and patented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801 to compensate for errors of rate caused by the Earth's gravitational force in upright positions. The escapement is mounted in...

    • Ultra-complicated watch

      Any function other than the indication of hours, minutes and seconds, regardless of whether the mechanism is hand-wound or self-winding, mechanical or electronic, and of movement height. The...

    • 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...

    • Winding mechanism

      The mechanism which tightens the mainspring in a watch or lifts the weights in a clock. It comprises about ten parts (see drawing). The winding and hand-setting mechanisms have nowadays...

    • 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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