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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...

    • Blued steel

      Steel that has been heated until its surface oxidises to become a more or less dark blue.

    • Clock

      Any device (water clock, candle clock, sundial, sandglass, mechanical clock, etc.) whose function is to indicate the time. Today, it refers exclusively to a non-portable mechanism intended to work...

    • Dual time zone

      Describes a watch that simultaneously gives the time in two time zones, usually local and the wearer's home.

    • European cut , mine cut or cushion cut

      Also known as the old European cut is an old, round brilliant cut with a very small table and heavy crown.

    • Foliot

      An oscillating bar with a weight at each ends used as a regulator in the first mechanical timepieces.

    • Gemstone

      A gemstone (also called a precious stone) is a mineral that is rare, durable and beautiful. A few organic materials, like amber, coral and pearls are also considered gemstones.

    • Horology

      The science of measuring time.

    • 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.

    • Jumping hour

      A means of display in which the hour, shown through an aperture, instantly changes every 60 minutes.

    • Karrusel

      A device similar to the tourbillon, the difference being that the cage is driven by the third wheel. Invented by Bonnicksen, a Danish watchmaker established in London.See complication.

    • Luster

      The effect produced by the reflection of light on the surface of a stone. Its intensity depends on the refractive index of the stone and the quality of its polish. Lustre can be vitreous,...

    • Motion work

      The gears under the dial that transfer the rotation of the cannon pinion to the hour wheel.

    • Nickel silver (German silver)

      A silver-white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc developed in France circa 1820 by Maillot and Chorier from whom it takes its name.

    • Oscillating weight (Rotor)

      In a self-winding movement, a heavy metal disc that turns freely in both directions to wind the mainspring.See rotor.

    • 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.

    • 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...

    • Subsidiary seconds

      As opposed to centre or sweep seconds, a small subdial showing seconds, generally at 6 o'clock.

    • 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...

    • Under-dial work

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

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • 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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