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  • Trends 2019

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  • Event

    The Miami Design District celebrated
    Haute Horlogerie from 15th to 17th February 2019

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  • Event

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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 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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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    Mikrograph: 1916

    In 1916, TAG Heuer patented the Mikrograph, the world’s first mechanical stopwatch accurate to 1/100th of a second. At the time, other timing instruments could only measure to the nearest fifth of a second. This new...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Isaac Habrecht

    Swiss, established in Strasbourg, he was born into a dynasty of some twenty watchmakers, beginning with Joachim Habrecht of Schaffhausen (Switzerland) in the 16th century until Abraham Habrecht IV of Strasbourg in the 18th...

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  • History

    1714

    The British Parliament passed the Longitude Act which offered £20,000, a fabulous amount (equivalent to over $5 million dollars today), to whomever found a method for determining longitude at sea. The competition demanded unprecedented...

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  • Glossary

    • Analogue

      An analogue watch displays time by means of hands and a dial (as opposed to digital or alphanumerical).

    • Bow

      Variously-shaped ring for suspending a pocket watch and fastening a chain.

    • Cabinet

      A small workshop in eighteenth and nineteenth-century Geneva, on the top floor of a house where there was the most natural light.

    • 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.

    • Etablisseur

      In Switzerland, a watchmaker who buys ébauches and parts to then assemble them.

    • Flinqué

      Engraving done by hand using a graver or by machine using a rose-engine and comprising intersecting straight or wavy lines. The tool is always moved concentrically.

    • 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,...

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • Intermediate wheel

      A small toothed wheel, part of the hand-setting mechanism.

    • 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.

    • Leap year calendar

      The Leap year calendar takes automatically into account months with less than 31 days and of February, when it counts 28 days. It must be adjusted every fourth year.See Watches with...

    • Melee

      A small diamond that weighs under 1/5 carat or 0.20 carat.

    • Niello

      An enamel-like alloy of lead, copper, silver, sulphur and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride). Niello paste is applied over incised gold or silver then fired in the enamellist's furnace. Excess...

    • Oval

      A brilliant cut with an oval rather than round girdle (55 facets). Invented in the 1960s, it is increasingly popular for solitaire engagement rings or as a centre-stone surrounded by two...

    • Pearl

      An organic gem material found in oysters and mussels. Since 1913, pearls are cultured meaning that a nucleus is inserted in a farmed mollusc. There are many types of cultured pearls: Akoya...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Revolutionary

      A decree of October 5th, 1793, promulgated on November 24th of the same year, introduced the French Revolutionary (or Republican) calendar, based on the decimal system. It was declared to...

    • Steel

      Iron mixed with a small amount of carbon. Swiss watchmakers collectively refer to a watch's steel components (screws, index etc.) as les aciers (French for steel). Among the different...

    • Tahitian cultured pearl

      A black South Sea cultured pearl that is the only one that is a naturally coloured. They are produced by the large, black-lipped pearl oyster Pinctada margaritifera; a mollusc found in the...

    • 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.

    • Water clock

      Water clock: clepsydra with a system of gears.

    • 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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