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  • Glossary

    • Amplitude

      The distance between the two extreme points of a movement or periodic phenomenon (a angle).

    • 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.

    • Chronostop

      Halfway between a chronograph and a minute counter, the specificity of the chronostop function is to be permanently activated yet can be returned to zero at any moment. This function was...

    • Disconnect

      To interrupt the transmission of movement between two parts. The winding mechanism is an example of a mechanism whose parts are connected and disconnected.

    • Electroplating

      A plating technique using electrodeposition.

    • Fire

      The spectral colours that occur when a ray of light is transmitted through two facets at an angle. In a brilliant cut diamond, the crown facets will produce fire.

    • Green diamond

      A rare, fancy coloured diamonds that is quite valuable. The most famous historical green diamond is the Dresden Green.

    • Hand

      A variously shaped indicator made from a thin piece of lightweight metal and which moves round a dial, with or without graduations. Most watches have three hands, one each for the hours, minutes...

    • Index for flat balance springs

      An index that is often fitted with a screw or cam so that it can be adjusted by a very small amount for fine-tuning. The spring passes through the space between the curb pin and the boot.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • LumiNova®

      A new-generation luminous substance, used to coat hands and numerals. It stores light which it then emits in the dark causing the hands and numerals to glow and continue to be visible. Previously,...

    • Module

      An additional mechanism added to a movement, for example a perpetual calendar. Term also used to denote the entire movement of an electronic watch.

    • 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.

    • Organic

      Describes a substance produced by a living organism. Pearl, coral and shell are examples of organic substances used in jewellery.

    • Pillar

      In antique watches, small columns of various shapes (e.g. cylindrical, conical, baluster) that join together two plates in the mechanism.After 1660, pillars were often tastefully...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Roman numerals

      I, II, III, etc. Roman numerals have traditionally been used on clock and watch dials. IV is often given as IIII to create visual symmetry with the VIII. Only the IX is written using the...

    • Solstice

      When the Sun rises to its southernmost and northernmost positions in relation to the celestial or terrestrial equator. The June and December solstices coincide with the longest and shortest days...

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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