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  • Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021

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  • FHH Academy

    Discover the world of Fine Watchmaking through workshops, conferences and training courses.

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  • News

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation.

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  • Sustainable development

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    • Information

      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.

       

      Magazines, books and exhibitions play an important role in "spreading the word". With this in mind, the Foundation creates content, and develops print or digital media intended to further interest in the watchmaking professions.

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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Trainings

      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.

       

      The Foundation also has partnerships with the main universities and institutes that prepare students for careers in the various fields of watchmaking and luxury.

    • FHH Academy

      The FHH Academy values the transfer of knowledge through trainings. Its mission is to unlock understanding and deliver knowledge to improve business performance for the watch industry sales professionals.

    • Organization

      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 Watches and Wonders - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals.

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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Glossary

    • Annual Calendar

      A full or partial simple calendar that takes automatically into account months with less than 31 days or leap years, but not of leap years. It must be adjusted once a year.See Annual...

    • Briolette

      A drop shaped gemstone cut that has many triangular facettes.

    • Counter

      Generally speaking, an instrument which counts and/or records. Chronograph totalisers are counters which indicate the number of revolutions made by the chronograph hand: 30, 45 or 60 minute...

    • Drift

      The variation in rate of a timepiece.

    • Electroluminescence

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

    • Fluting

      Grooves cut the length of a rod, pillar or button. Fluting makes it easier to grip the winding-crown.

    • 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,...

    • 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.

    • Inverted calibre

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

    • 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 -...

    • Leather

      An abbreviated means of referring to a leather watchstrap.

    • 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...

    • Onyx

      A black agate that is often found as watch dials.

    • Pulsometer

      A chronograph or sports counter whose dial includes a pulsometric scale to measure the number of heartbeats per minute. Usually calibrated for 15 or 30 beats, the hand is stopped at the patient's...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rock setting

      Baguette-cut diamonds of the first water are positioned so as to accentuate their fire without showing any of the metal underneath. This technique was developed in 2004 by...

    • Sidereal day

      A unit of time used by astronomers defined as the interval of time taken by a star to make two successive upper meridian transits.

    • Timepiece

      A precision instrument for the measurement of time. Astronomical clocks, marine chronometers and quartz clocks are all examples of timepieces.

    • 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...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Watch

      A portable timepiece that functions in all positions. A watch comprises three essential parts: The movement made up of the different mechanical components required to keep...

    • 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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