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    WATCHES & WONDERS 2020 will take place
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    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation.

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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.

       

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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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  • Timepieces

    Classique Chronométrie 7727

    The Classique Chronométrie 7727 houses the 574DR calibre with double silicon balance springs, beating at 10Hz. The balance staff is held by magnetic pivots to improve its stability and functioning. 

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Daniel JeanRichard-dit-Bressel

    Swiss clockmaker. Born in Bressels. Set up shop in Le Locle as of 1705. Probably served his apprenticeship in the goldsmith trade. Self-taught clockmaker. Pioneer of the development of clockmaking in...

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    2004

    A flurry of "multiple" tourbillons, with the GyroTourbillon by Jaeger-LeCoultre, Tourbillon Révolution by Franck Muller, Double-Tourbillon 30° by Greubel-Forsey and Thomas Prescher's triple tourbillon.

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  • Glossary

    • Assembly

      The positioning of the different movement parts in relation to each other.

    • Bagnolet (calibre)

      The extra-flat watch movement known as a Bagnolet is an "inverted" calibre, where the dial is on the geartrain side rather than the bottom plate side.So that the time can be read...

    • 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...

    • Dial foot

      Attaches the dial to the bottom plate. The dial feet are screwed to the bottom plate.

    • Emerald cut

      A gemstone cut that is rectangular with truncated corners. The name comes from the best quality emeralds that are cut in this shape. Despite its name, any gemstone can be cut into an emerald...

    • Fastenings

      Generic term for screws, nuts and bolts.

    • Gears

      A set of wheels and pinions whereby the movement of one sets all the others in motion.There are different types of gears, e.g. winding gears, strike-train, etc.

    • Horology

      The science of measuring time.

    • Intermediate wheel

      A small toothed wheel, part of the hand-setting mechanism.

    • Jumping seconds

      On a chronograph, a hand that makes one rotation every second, pausing four, five, even eight times to indicate quarters, fifths or eighths of a second. Also called foudroyante.

    • 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 -...

    • Lapis lazuli

      A rich blue opaque gemstone often used in watch dials. It is specked with pyrite that looks like gold. Lapis has a hardness of 5.5; it has a specific gravity of 2.4 to 2.9. Lapis lazuli is not a...

    • Mixed cut

      A mixed cut in one in which the style of the facets above and below the girdle are different. A standard mixed cut is brilliant cut above and step cut below.

    • 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...

    • Official rating certificate

      A document, issued by an Observatory or an official ratings bureau, that certifies the quality of a watch which has proven, in trials, to meet with a given standard. Only a watch that has received...

    • Pellaton (winding system)

      The Pellaton automatic winding system was developed by Albert Pellaton, then technical director at IWC, and patented in 1946. The system was further improved in 1950.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Red diamond

      A rare fancy diamond that is quite valuable.

    • Screw

      A fastening comprising a cylindrical shaft, grooved along part or all its length, and a head with a slot for the screwdriver.

    • Telemeter

      A chronograph or subdial featuring a telemeter scale with which to measure the distance between an event and an observer based on the speed of sound.See complication.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • Wheel-cutting engine

      A machine for cutting the required number of teeth into an unfinished gear after marking the position of each tooth with a dividing plate.

    • 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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