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      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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      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.

       

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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.

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  • Timepieces

    Portuguese

    Watchmakers are well-advised to listen to the market and pay heed to their customers' requests and suggestions, no matter how bewildering they may at first seem. Take as proof the Portuguese by IWC. Three-quarters of a century later,...

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    Nicolas Copernicus

    Polish canon, professor of mathematics, doctor and astronomer. A student of the Italian astronomer, Domenico Maria Novara (Bologna 1496-1500).Developed heliocentrism, a new theory on the movement of the planets...

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    1838

    Louis Audemars' keyless winding mechanism.

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  • Glossary

    • Arbor

      A synonym of axle (barrel arbor). A toothed wheel is fixed to the arbor, which is usually cylindrical, and both revolve.

    • 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.

    • COSC (Contrôle officiel suisse des chronomètres)

      The COSC awards the title of "chronometer" to each watch whose accuracy and consistency of rate has been demonstrated over fifteen days of tests at one of the COSC's Bureaux Officiels...

    • Disc

      A flat, thin, round plate. The calendar disc rotates under the dial; its indications are shown through an aperture. Other discs display the day, month or moon phase.

    • Emerald cut

      A gemstone cut that is rectangular with truncated corners. The name comes from the best quality emeralds that are cut in this shape. Despite its name, any gemstone can be cut into an emerald...

    • Flirt (independent seconds)

      A small rod, driven by a separate train, whose end meshes with the escape-pinion's leaves. The flirt is released every second and makes one complete revolution. This movement is transferred to the...

    • 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,...

    • 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.

    • Incabloc®

      A resilient bearing to dampen shocks on the balance-staff pivots. Also known as shockproofing. The majority of watches today use the Incabloc® system. Designed to absorb shocks...

    • Jade

      Jade is a gem group with jadeite and nephrite as the two varieties. Jadeite is the variety that ranges in colour from green to white to lilac to brown to almost black. Nephrite, the more ancient...

    • 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 -...

    • Lapidary

      A craftsman who cuts, polishes and sells coloured and precious stones. A lapidary who specializes in diamonds is called a diamond-cutter.

    • Meridian

      An imaginary circle intersecting the Earth's poles. The meridian of a given location is the circle that intersects it and the two poles. The Greenwich meridian is taken as the prime meridian. Time...

    • Natural pearl

      A natural pearl is also called an oriental pearl. This pearl is formed by an oyster, freshwater mussel or other mollusc as a reaction to a tiny invading object that happened to be caught inside...

    • Oscillator

      A device such as a pendulum or balance that produces the oscillations that divide time into equal units: a balance spring in a mechanical watch; a quartz in a quartz watch.

    • Pendant

      The part of a pocket watch that is fixed to the case middle. The different parts of the pendant are the pipe, the head and the neck. The foot is the invisible part that is soldered inside the...

    • 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...

    • Roch cristal

      The colourless transparent variety of mono-crystalline quartz.

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • Vagues de Genève

      Synonym of Côtes de Genève. A decoration of undulating lines, like waves, frequently used to embellish superior quality movements.

    • Wind

      The action of tightening the mainspring coiled inside the barrel by means of the winding crown (in a hand-wound watch) or the rotor (in a self-winding watch).

    • 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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