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  • Glossary

    • Aperture

      A small opening in the dial. In an aperture watch, various indications such as the month, moon phase, day, date, hour, minute, etc. are visible through these openings.

    • Breguet overcoil

      Sometimes referred to as a "Breguet spiral", it controls the rate at which the mainspring unwinds.

    • Canary diamond

      Diamonds that have a deep natural yellow colour.

    • Display lighting

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

    • Emerald cut

      A gemstone cut that is rectangular with truncated corners. The name comes from the best quality emeralds that are cut in this shape. Despite its name, any gemstone can be cut into an emerald...

    • Fresh water cultured pearl

      A cultured pearl that was formed in a freshwater mussel.

    • Gong

      In a movement and struck by hammers. Gongs replaced bells in striking watches in the early nineteenth century, allowing for much slimmer watches.

    • Hematite

      A natural iron oxide that is a metallic dark to silver-grey with a high sheen. Hematite can be used to make watch dials. It has a specific gravity of 4.95 to 5.16 and a hardness of 6.5 on the...

    • Invar

      Alloy of iron and nickel whose low coefficient of thermal expansion was discovered by Charles Edouard Guillaume. Invar (abbreviation of invariable) belongs to the Elinvar family of metals...

    • Jewel

      To set or push fit jewels (ruby bearings) in a watch movement.

    • 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.

    • Nickel silver (German silver)

      A silver-white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc developed in France circa 1820 by Maillot and Chorier from whom it takes its name.

    • Oval

      A brilliant cut with an oval rather than round girdle (55 facets). Invented in the 1960s, it is increasingly popular for solitaire engagement rings or as a centre-stone surrounded by two...

    • Pantograph

      An instrument for copying designs on an identical, reduced or enlarged scale.In 1841, Georges-Auguste Leschot began working with a pantograph at Vacheron Constantin. It used a matrix...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Refractive index

      The ratio of the speed of light in air and the speed of light in an optically denser medium. Each gemstone has a specific refractive index that, when legible, can identify it.

    • Swiss T 25 (T Swiss made)

      So that watches (and timekeeping devices in general) can be read in the dark, the numerals, hour markers and hands must be coated with a luminescent substance. As a general rule, the light emitted...

    • Terminage

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

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

      A watch whose dial shows the time of places in different time zones.

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Water-Resistant

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres. See Waterproof

    • 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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