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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

    • Axle

      A pivoted steel arbor on which the balance is mounted.

    • Bar

      Unit of measure to indicate a watch's water-resistance, specifically its capacity to resist pressure, based on standard atmospheric pressure defined as 101.325 kilopascals (kPa) equivalent to...

    • Case-fitter

      A craftsman who assembles the different parts of the watch case (middle, bezel and back) to house the movement in its exact dimensions. This specialisation began in the early seventeenth...

    • Date

      The number, in order, of each day in the month.

    • Exterior

      The different parts (case, dial, hands, crystal, crown, etc.) that help to give the watch its finished and functional appearance.

    • Fire

      The spectral colours that occur when a ray of light is transmitted through two facets at an angle. In a brilliant cut diamond, the crown facets will produce fire.

    • Green diamond

      A rare, fancy coloured diamonds that is quite valuable. The most famous historical green diamond is the Dresden Green.

    • Hessonite

      A brown to orange gemstone variety of grossular garnet. This transparent stone has a hardness of 6.5 - 7 and a specific gravity of 3.6. This stone is not enhanced.

    • Irradiation

      The treatment of certain gemstones by radiation to change or enhance their colour. Blue Topaz is often irradiated to bring out the blue of the gemstone.

    • Jasper

      An opaque, ornamental stone found in many colours, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped, speckled, and multi-coloured and is used in watch making as a dial. Jasper...

    • 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 -...

    • Luminescent

      Having the property to emit light rays. In watchmaking, Tritium is the name given to a radioluminescent substance containing tritium. It was used to coat numerals, markers and hands so they could...

    • 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...

    • Natural pearl

      A natural pearl is also called an oriental pearl. This pearl is formed by an oyster, freshwater mussel or other mollusc as a reaction to a tiny invading object that happened to be caught inside...

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Point

      A point is a hundredth of a carat or 0.01 ct.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rotor

      A semi-circular disc that freely rotates with each movement of the arm to automatically wind the mainspring. Its own weight returns it to a vertical position.A specific system multiplies...

    • Set (to)

      To secure a stone of any cut or size in metal. The stone and the metal are generally precious. The jeweller prepares the hole in which the stone is seated.

    • Thermal compensator

      A device, generally made from two metals that dilate differently, used in clocks and watches to compensate the effects of heat and cold on rate.

    • 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...

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • Water-resistance

      A watch's water-resistance is measured in bars (a unit of pressure where 1 bar equals 1 atmosphere or atm). Manufacturers generally indicate this water-resistance in metres (m), feet (ft),...

    • 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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