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  • Glossary

    • À tact watch

      Repeater watch (see complication) in which hammer and bell are replaced by a sharp pin which protrudes from the case to prick the finger once for each hour.A type of watch made after...

    • Baguette

      The cut of a gemstone stone that has been cut into a long, rectangular shape. The word baguette means "stick" or "rod" in French.

    • Chamfer (Bevel)

      To form a flat surface by hand-filing the sharp edge of a bridge, plate, screw head, etc. Chamfering is a distinguishing feature of a superior quality watch.

    • 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.

    • File

      A hand tool of various shapes and sizes, made from tempered steel and used to give an object its rough or final form.

    • Gnomon

      One of the very first instruments for measuring time, the gnomon is a vertically-positioned stick, tree, person or any object which, by the position and length of its shadow, indicates the hour of...

    • Heliotrope

      Heliotrope is also known as bloodstone. It is a variety of chalcedony that is dark green with red specks. Heliotrope is used as watch dials.

    • 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.

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • 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 -...

    • Lépine calibre (movement)

      Jean-Antoine Lépine (1720-1814). French watchmaker and inventor of the calibre that bears his name. Its principal characteristic is to have dispensed with the fusee and to have...

    • Movement

      The duly-assembled organs and mechanisms of a watch, meaning the winding and hand-setting mechanism, the mainspring, the gears, the escapement and the regulating organ (spring...

    • 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.

    • Opaque

      An optical characteristic of certain gemstones that do not transmit light either due to a very saturated colour or numerous inclusions.

    • Pendulum

      A heavy body suspended from a fixed point from which it can swing freely to and fro. A clock pendulum comprises the suspension, which can be a spring, knife-edge or a wire, the generally...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rose cut

      A gemstone cut that has a flat bottom and a faceted dome. It was often used in the 18th century and can be found on clocks and watches of the beginning of the 20th century.

    • Specific gravity

      The ratio of the weight of a gemstone in air compared to the weight of an equal volume of water. Each family of gems has an individual specific gravity and in some cases is a means of...

    • Turning arbor

      Slightly tapered arbor in tempered steel for turning the hour wheel.

    • 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...

    • Vane

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

    • World time

      Describes a watch that indicates, usually by means of subdials surrounding the main dial, local time (true solar time) in different world cities. Often these cities were chosen for their political...

    • 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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