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  • Watches and Wonders Geneva 2021

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  • FHH Academy

    Discover the world of Fine Watchmaking through workshops, conferences and training courses.

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  • News

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie and the Michelangelo Foundation.

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  • Sustainable development

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  • Trends 2019

    The cream of the crop, selected for you
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    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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Our areas of expertise

    • 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 Watches and Wonders - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals.

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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    GRAND COMPLICATION

    At A. Lange & Söhne, the year 2013 marks the debut of a timepiece of stunning complexity and perfection: the GRAND COMPLICATION. With a grande sonnerie, a perpetual calendar, and a split-seconds chronograph with...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Pierre Frédéric Ingold

    Swiss watchmaker and a pioneer of standardised, mechanised watch production. He built his first keyless watch in 1814; the spring was wound by rotating the back of the case. After working for Breguet in Paris, he developed...

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  • History

    Around 1492

    The mechanical watch appeared simultaneously in Italy, Germany and France. Its principle remained dominant for almost five centuries, until the late 1970s and the advent of the electronic watch.

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  • Glossary

    • Alloy

      Combination of two or more pure molten metals. Generally, an alloy is given the name of the dominant metal.

    • Bearing

      A hole made directly in the brass plate and in which a steel pivot, part of the greatrain or escapement, turns. The problems of friction this caused were solved when Nicolas Fatio had the idea to...

    • Cut

      Cut is the result of centuries of research, trial and error. A stone is cut to show off its colour and create lustre by the play of light on its facets and eliminating its defects. Diamonds are...

    • Display

      A system controlled by the watch movement to indicate the time.An alphanumerical (or numerical) display uses letters (or numerals) to show the time.An analogue display gives...

    • Escapement

      A mechanism that is fitted between the gears and the regulating organ. Its function is to suspend the gears' motion at regular intervals and to supply energy to the balance. The main types...

    • Feather

      An inclusion resembling a feather that can start at the surface of the stone and extend deep inside.

    • 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.

    • Hammer

      A metal part that strikes gongs causing them to vibrate and produce sound. See...

    • 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...

    • 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 -...

    • Ligne

      Also "ligne parisienne". An old unit of measurement in traditional watchmaking, prior to the metric system and directly inherited from the French pied (foot) under the Ancien Régime. One...

    • Mainspring winder

      The tool used to wind the mainspring before inserting it in the barrel.

    • 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.

    • Onyx

      A black agate that is often found as watch dials.

    • Parts

      The various elements used to make or repair a watch. In the latter case, these are spare parts.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Repeater

      A watch that strikes the hour on demand by activating a pushpiece or a slide (bolt). There are several types of repeater: Half-quarter and quarter...

    • Slide

      In a repeater watch, a part made from the same metal as the case and which slides along the case middle to wind the spring of the striking mechanism. A silent-slide prevents the mechanism from...

    • Tourbillon

      A system devised and patented by Abraham-Louis Breguet in 1801 to compensate for errors of rate caused by the Earth's gravitational force in upright positions. The escapement is mounted in...

    • Universal Time (UT)

      Since 1972, a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian. Universal Time (UT) is a measurement of time based on the Earth's...

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • Water-resistance

      A watch's water-resistance is measured in bars (a unit of pressure where 1 bar equals 1 atmosphere or atm). Manufacturers generally indicate this water-resistance in metres (m), feet (ft),...

    • 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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