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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 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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  • Glossary

    • Atmos

      A clock, made by Jaeger-LeCoultre, driven by variations in temperature or atmospheric pressure and invented by Jean-Léon Reutter. The original Atmos, made in 1926, was presented to...

    • Bulk setting

      The stone is held in place by shavings of metal that are raised from the mount using a graver (a cutting tool for hand-working the metal). In a pavé setting, the stones are set close...

    • Chuck

      An important workbench tool for holding small parts to be shaped or filed.

    • Dauphine

      A type of hand in the form of an elongated triangle.

    • Engine turn

      To cut metal with decorative engraving by hand or using an engine turning machine.

    • Feather

      An inclusion resembling a feather that can start at the surface of the stone and extend deep inside.

    • Gold

      Gold has seduced the world with its beauty, but also because not even acid can alter its natural properties. An estimated 130,000 tons have been extracted from the earth since prehistoric times,...

    • Horology

      The science of measuring time.

    • Inverted calibre

      calibre whose dial is on the side with the bridges and geartrain rather than on the bottom-plate side

    • 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 -...

    • Leather

      An abbreviated means of referring to a leather watchstrap.

    • Master

      A watchmaker who has presented his masterpiece or test piece.

    • 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.

    • Oval

      A brilliant cut with an oval rather than round girdle (55 facets). Invented in the 1960s, it is increasingly popular for solitaire engagement rings or as a centre-stone surrounded by two...

    • Pawl (Click)

      A lever with a "beak" which, activated by a spring, engages with the teeth of a wheel, usually to allow the wheel to turn in one direction only.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Roman numeral IIII on dials

      Roman numerals have never served for calculating but are a system of notation used to indicate numbers. Like the majority of number systems in Antiquity, Roman numerals are written using the...

    • Steel

      Iron mixed with a small amount of carbon. Swiss watchmakers collectively refer to a watch's steel components (screws, index etc.) as les aciers (French for steel). Among the different...

    • 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...

    • 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

      The transparency and clarity of a precious stone; the orient and lustre of a pearl.

    • 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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