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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

    Santos 100 watch

    Massive, powerful, sturdy, it knows no limits - an outsize block of gold or steel, whose gigantic screwed-down bezel and luminous hands dare time to take the wildest risks. This is a fine piece of engineering, worn as a sign of...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Nicolas Fatio de Duillier

    Swiss mathematician and astronomer. Born at the château Le Vieux clos in Duillier. Lived in Paris (from 1683), The Hague and London (from 1687). Member of the Academy of Sciences in Paris....

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  • History

    1830

    Antoine Louis Breguet's keyless winding mechanism.

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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...

    • Bassiner

      French verb. To give a bassine form to a watch by chiselling the case back into a smooth, round shape.

    • Crystal systems

      Crystals are divided into seven crystal systems (six for the USA) according to their optical properties and their basic crystal structure. The seven crystal systems are: cubic tetragonal,...

    • Display lighting

      A means of lighting the dial and/or hands, using either an electroluminscent substance or an electrical system.

    • Ephemeris

      A table, published annually, showing the positions of the stars and planets.

    • Fusee

      A more or less conical part with spiral grooves for gut, and after circa 1640 chain, which connects to the barrel. It regulates the power transferred to the gears. Almost all sixteenth,...

    • Goshenite

      Goshenite is the pure, colourless variety of beryl (Be3AlSiO6), related to emerald and aquamarine.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • Knot

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

    • Lever

      A rigid part that rocks on a resting point. In watches, certain levers command a function or set a position.

    • Moss agate

      A green variety of agate. It is chalcedony that has dendritic green, red or black inclusions. The inclusions often form beautiful patterns and are used as watch dials or cases.

    • 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...

    • Opaque

      An optical characteristic of certain gemstones that do not transmit light either due to a very saturated colour or numerous inclusions.

    • Precious stone

      A precious stone (also called a gemstone) is one that is rare, beautiful and durable.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Regulating parts

      The regulating organ (balance and spring) with the escapement.

    • Stamping

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

    • Time zone

      In order to standardise time measurement in each country, since 1883 the Earth has been divided into twenty-four time zones, the first of which is intersected by the Greenwich meridian,...

    • 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.

    • Watchmaker's cabinet

      A small chest of drawers for storing the watchmaker's tools and often part of the bench. A cabinet can also be a separate piece of furniture with any number of drawers for sorting and...

    • 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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