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  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

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

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  • Watches and Culture

    Bringing watchmaking culture to life: education, original content, industry think tank.

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  • Watches and Wonders

    More than just a destination, a real hub for the industry!

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Who are we

A not-for-profit foundation set up under private law in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and Richemont, the objective of the FHH is to promote and spread the reputation of watchmaking excellence around the world.

It provides information on the latest news, history and skills within the watchmaking professions. It trains, assesses and certifies horological knowledge. It organises large-scale events and encounters intended for both the general public and professionals. A creator of content, competencies, connections and experiences, the FHH is supported by leading names in the watch industry and independent creators, all actively contributing to its activities.


Our areas of expertise

    • Watches and Culture

      Watchmaking is a world of age-old knowledge and know-how, recently recognized by the UNESCO. Belonging to the world of Luxury, the watchmaking culture is not only a mechanical art but also an aesthetic, a history and a heritage, highlighted by the FHH to enable a public of novices, enthusiasts or professionals to appreciate its diversity.

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    • Watches and Wonders

      The Foundation has developed proven expertise in the organization of major events where professionals and lovers of fine watchmaking are able to discover the latest novelties and trends. Watches and Wonders Geneva, dedicated mainly to professionals, has become an essential yearly rendez-vous for the industry. It is enriched by regional events promoting Swiss watchmaking around the globe.

Head office

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

Watches and Culture: Did you know?

  • Timepieces

    Cosmograph Daytona

    Rolex's first chronograph, the Cosmograph Daytona, saw daylight in 1963. 

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Josias Habrecht

    Swiss, 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 century. After building a...

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  • History

    1517

    Watchmakers competed to produce smaller and smaller watches that could be easily carried. In 1518, François I spent a fortune on two watches set in daggers.

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  • Glossary

    • Art Deco

      An artistic movement that began circa 1910 and continued until 1930. It was the subject of the Exposition internationale des arts décoratifs et industriels modernes (International...

    • Bow lathe

      The bow is a band of steel strung with a cord, generally gut, which drives the watchmaker's lathe.

    • Crystal

      A crystal is a mineral whose atoms form a very regular structure. Most gemstones are found as crystals.

    • Dart (Guard pin)

      In a lever escapement, a small metal pin which prevents accidental movement of the fork.

    • Etablisseur

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

    • Feather

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

    • Gemmology

      The study of precious stones.

    • Hatch

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

    • Independent seconds

      A large hand in the centre of the dial, driven by a separate train to the hours and minutes, and making one jump forward every second.

    • Jasper

      An opaque, ornamental stone found in many colours, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped, speckled, and multi-coloured and is used in watch making as a dial. Jasper...

    • Knot

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

    • Lug

      A thin metal rod fixed between the case horns for attaching the watch strap.

    • Marquise

      A cut gemstone with a boat like shape (55 facets); an oval with two pointed ends. This gem cut is sometimes called a “navette”. According to the legend, the taille “navette” was called...

    • 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.

    • Paillon

      A tiny motif cut out of gold or silver and used to decorate enamelwork.

    • 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...

    • Rim

      A circular mass held by spokes to form the balance.

    • Stamping

      The action of shearing, bending, shaping or piercing with a stamping press.

    • Transfer

      Apply markings (numerals, signature, etc.) to the dial by means of a gelatine pad pressed onto an engraved and inked block.

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • World time

      Describes a watch that indicates, usually by means of subdials surrounding the main dial, local time (true solar time) in different world cities. Often these cities were chosen for their political...

    • 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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