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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

      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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      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.

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      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 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

    Vintage 1945

    Long before the vintage look invaded all stylistic trends, Girard-Perregaux had already conceived a collection inspired by the retro features of one of its art deco style watches from 1945. since then a range of different versions have...

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    Georges Frédéric Roskopf

    German watchmaker established in La Chaux-de-Fonds (Switzerland).

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  • History

    1924

    John Harwood filed the first Swiss patent for a self-winding wristwatch with a central oscillating weight.

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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.

    • Crystal systems

      Crystals are divided into seven crystal systems (six for the USA) according to their optical properties and their basic crystal structure. The seven crystal systems are: cubic tetragonal,...

    • Dichroism

      The property of certain gemstones that show more than one shade of colour when viewed from different angles. Many gemstones, for example rubies, sapphires and tourmaline, are naturally...

    • Ebauche

      An unfinished movement sold as such. Until circa 1850, an ébauche comprised only the plate, bridges, fusee and barrel. It was known as a blanc and was finished at the...

    • Frame

      J.C. Nicolet defines the frame as the chassis inside which all the parts of the watch movement are housed. A clock frame comprises two plates whereas a watch, and in particular wristwatch,...

    • 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.

    • Hatch

      An opening in the case allowing easy access to one of the watch's internal components, usually the battery.

    • Invisible setting

      A groove is cut into a rounded stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible. This technique was patented by Cartier in...

    • Jumping hour

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

    • Knot

      A raised mineral inclusion in a diamond found at the surface.

    • Lathe

      A machine-tool that rotates a workpiece while applying a cutting tool to give the piece the required shape. The lathe, with its multiple accessories, is the traditional watchmaker's most versatile...

    • Manual

      Describes a movement that is wound by hand using the winding crown.

    • 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.

    • Organic

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

    • Pavé

      A group of gems set closely together to cover an entire surface.

    • Quartz

      Silicon dioxide. Also called rock crystal. Quartz has the specific property of vibrating at a very high frequency (32 MHz) placed under electric current. Under certain conditions, it...

    • Ruby

      A very hard red stone that is a type of corundum (aluminium oxide). Ruby is especially suited to making bearings (jewels) for the watch's different moving parts and the organs of the escapement,...

    • Souscription (watch)

      Between 1793 and 1795, Breguet sought refuge in Switzerland to escape the worst consequences of the Terror. It was then that the idea for a "souscription" (subscription)...

    • Trueing calipers

      A tool used to calibrate certain parts.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

      A watch whose dial shows the time of places in different time zones.

    • Vibration

      Movement of a pendulum or oscillating body between two extreme positions (A' and A''). The balance of a mechanical watch generally makes five vibrations per second, equivalent to 18,000...

    • Wheel

      A circular component that rotates around an axis and whose function is to transmit power or motion.

    • 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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