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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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  • Glossary

    • Accutron

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

    • Blank

      An unfinished movement sold as such. Until circa 1850, an ébauche comprised only the plate, bridges, fusee and barrel. It was known as a blanc and was finished at the établissage. The...

    • Crystal

      A thin sheet of glass or a transparent synthetic material to protect a clock or watch dial. Sapphire crystalMineral crystal Acrylic crystal

    • Decimal (Revolutionary) (Republican)

      A watch or clock dial made in 1793, after the French Revolution which imposed the decimal calendar. The year was divided into 12 months and each month into three 10-day periods known as...

    • Electroluminescence

      The emission of light by certain substances when subjected to an electric field.

    • Folding buckle

      An articulated buckle that unfolds when opened. Should the buckle accidentally come open, it will still hold the strap sufficiently in place to prevent the watch from slipping off the wrist.

    • Girdle

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

    • Heart-shaped

      A type of brilliant cut that is perfect for romantic and special occasions. Correctly executed, a heart-shaped diamond has good fire and brilliance. It has 54 facets and a culet.

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • Knot

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

    • Lépine watch (Open-face)

      In a pocket watch, a structure in which the seconds hand is positioned in line with the winding stem, as opposed to the hunter calibre in which the seconds hand is at a right angle to the winding...

    • Marine chronometer

      Traditionally, "marine chronometer" refers to a large watch for keeping time onboard ship. In the latter years of the eighteenth century, the term was extended to mean a...

    • 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.

    • Prong or claw setting

      The stone is held in place by prongs (claws). These prongs, which can be of any width or length, are pressed over the stone then beaded.

    • 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...

    • Repeater

      A watch that strikes the hour on demand by activating a pushpiece or a slide (bolt). There are several types of repeater: Half-quarter and quarter...

    • Spinel

      A gemstone found in every pastel colour. The red variety was often mistaken for ruby. It has a hardness of 8, a specific gravity of 3.58-4.06, and a refractive index of 1.72.

    • Thread

      The helical rib around a screw shank.

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • Waterproof

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres.See also ATM; water-resistant.

    • 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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