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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

    De Bethune DB25 QP Perpetual Calendar

    De Bethune's perpetual calendar brings poetic beauty to the finest mechanics. The round case, inspired by a drum shape, has a 44mm diameter and the skeletonised lugs that are a hallmark of the DB25 collection. De Bethune...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Antoine Léchaud

    Swiss watchmaker. A specialist in Swiss lever escapements for watches, he collaborated with his brother Jean (1815-1844), and with Georges-Auguste Leschot. Lechaud and Leschot worked together to perfect the lever...

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  • History

    1960

    Strapped to the hull of Professor Auguste Piccard's "Trieste" bathyscaphe, a special Rolex Oyster was submerged 10,916 metres in the Mariana Trench (Pacific).

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  • Glossary

    • Annual calendar (watch)

      A full or partial simple calendar that takes automatically into account months with less than 31 days or leap years, but not of leap years. It must be adjusted once a year.See...

    • Beryl

      A family of stones that share the same crystalline and chemical properties. Varieties include the emerald and the aquamarine.

    • Copper-plate

      Delicate line engraving or etching on copper.

    • Diffusion treated

      A treatment used on gemstones to enhance their colour. The diffusion process only colours the outer surface of the stone, The CIBJO prohibits the sale of diffusion treated gemstones without...

    • Exterior

      The different parts (case, dial, hands, crystal, crown, etc.) that help to give the watch its finished and functional appearance.

    • Finishing (Finissage)

      The final operation in a process. On a watch case, the last stage in assembling the parts so that they function.

    • Goldsmith

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

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • Isochronism

      The property of being isochronal.The science of timing lies in achieving isochronism of the regulating organ of a timekeeping instrument. The principal factors that can impair a balance's...

    • Jumping seconds

      On a chronograph, a hand that makes one rotation every second, pausing four, five, even eight times to indicate quarters, fifths or eighths of a second. Also called foudroyante.

    • Karrusel

      A device similar to the tourbillon, the difference being that the cage is driven by the third wheel. Invented by Bonnicksen, a Danish watchmaker established in London.See complication.

    • Latitude

      An angular distance that gives the location of a place north or south of the Earth's equator.

    • Module

      An additional mechanism added to a movement, for example a perpetual calendar. Term also used to denote the entire movement of an electronic watch.

    • 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...

    • Observatory chronometer

      A chronometer which has received an official rating certificate from an observatory.

    • Pivot

      A part that runs in a fixed support (bearing).

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rotor

      A semi-circular disc that freely rotates with each movement of the arm to automatically wind the mainspring. Its own weight returns it to a vertical position.A specific system multiplies...

    • Sunrise and sunset

      Period between the rising and setting of the Sun. A 24-hour interval, determined by the Earth's rotation on its axis.See "Day"

    • Translucent

      A gemstone that allows light to pass through it, but is diffused.

    • Under-dial work

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

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • Wheel-cutting engine

      A machine for cutting the required number of teeth into an unfinished gear after marking the position of each tooth with a dividing plate.

    • 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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