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  • Glossary

    • Automatic (Self-winding)

      Describes a mechanism that winds the mainspring by using the movement of the arm to cause a rotor to rotate and which, via specific gears, winds the mainspring. See

    • Bolt

      A catch that can be operated from the outside of a watch case to trigger a mechanism, for example to set the hands.

    • Corundum

      A species or family of gemstones that includes ruby or sapphire, depending on the colour of the gemstone (which in turn depends on the trace elements present) Corundum is a very hard mineral...

    • Dual time zone

      Describes a watch that simultaneously gives the time in two time zones, usually local and the wearer's home.

    • Equation of time

      The equation of time is the difference between true solar time and mean time. True solar time, given by sundials, varies from day to day because of the Earth's elliptical orbit, and according to...

    • Fastenings

      Generic term for screws, nuts and bolts.

    • Goldsmith

      A craftsman who produces decorative objects in precious metals, as well as in pewter and copper.

    • Hand

      A variously shaped indicator made from a thin piece of lightweight metal and which moves round a dial, with or without graduations. Most watches have three hands, one each for the hours, minutes...

    • Irradiated (treated) diamonds

      Diamonds that have been exposed to radiation in order to change their colour from yellowish to fancy yellow or blue. The change is permanent.

    • 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.

    • Light-Emitting Diode (LED)

      A segmented luminous source used to display numerals on electronic digital watches. Operated by a push-button.

    • Manual

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

    • 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.

    • Orient

      The iridescent lustre of a pearl, so-called for its rainbow colours. A pearl is judged, among other criteria, by the intensity of its orient.

    • 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

      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...

    • Refractometer

      An instrument that measures the refractive index of a gemstone.

    • 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)...

    • Terminage

      The assembly and inspection of all the watch's parts.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Waterproof

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres.See also ATM; water-resistant.

    • 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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