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  • Trends 2019

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  • Event

    The Miami Design District celebrated
    Haute Horlogerie from 15th to 17th February 2019

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    • Information

      Information is the key to understanding the specificity of Fine Watchmaking, whether for the general public or an enlightened audience. Information also creates interest among younger generations who envisage a career in watchmaking.

       

      Magazines, books and exhibitions play an important role in "spreading the word". With this in mind, the Foundation creates content, and develops print or digital media intended to further interest in the watchmaking professions.

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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Trainings

      Through its FHH Academy, the Foundation educates about watchmaking and recognizes levels of competency. All year round, classes ranging from beginner to expert provide essential knowledge for understanding and exploring the many aspects of watchmaking, as well as safeguarding expertise.

       

      The Foundation also has partnerships with the main universities and institutes that prepare students for careers in the various fields of watchmaking and luxury.

    • FHH Academy

      The FHH Academy values the transfer of knowledge through trainings. Its mission is to unlock understanding and deliver knowledge to improve business performance for the watch industry sales professionals.

    • Organization

      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organization of events where specialists and the general public can discover watchmaking and its major trends, such as Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva - a globally renowned event mainly for professionals - and the Watches & Wonders fairs.

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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    LUMINOR SUBMERSIBLE 1950 3 DAYS AUTOMATIC CERAMICA

    The absolute darkness which rules in the depths of the sea is reflected in the appearance of the Luminor Submersible 1950 3 Days Automatic Ceramica, the new Officine Panerai Special Edition which, with its matt ceramic case, its P.9000...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Julien Le Roy

    French clockmaker. Maître 1713. Juré 1735. Watchmaker to the King in 1739.

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  • History

    1904

    Wens Wilsdorf launched large-scale production of a lady's wristwatch. An artillery officer gave account of his experience during the Boer War, stating that wristwatches were essential field equipment and had stood up well to the...

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  • Glossary

    • Annual Calendar

      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 Annual...

    • Balance cock (traditional)

      Originally, that is in the sixteenth century, balance cocks had a simple, elongated form and were secured in their centre by a key. In the eighteenth century they were decorated with elaborate...

    • Cloisonné

      An enamelling technique in which the outline of the subject is formed by thin flat metal wires set on the surface to be enamelled to form cells. These cells are filled with enamel and fired. After...

    • Drift

      The variation in rate of a timepiece.

    • Electroplating

      A plating technique using electrodeposition.

    • Fresh water cultured pearl

      A cultured pearl that was formed in a freshwater mussel.

    • Green garnet

      Demantoid garnets, a green, and very lustrous type of garnet. They have characteristic inclusions that look like horsetails. Demantoid garnets has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.8 -...

    • Horn

      That part of a watch case to which the strap is attached. Horns come in various shapes and are attached to the case middle.

    • Index (Regulator)

      A device for adjusting a watch's rate by increasing or reducing the effective length of the balance spring. The index is a steel lever, the shorter end of which carries the curb pins which embrace...

    • Jewels

      The international term for the jewels (rubies) in a watch movement that are used as bearings for pivots to reduce friction. The movement of a quality watch has between 15 and 21 jewels.

    • Kunzite

      A transparent pink or light purple gemstone and is a variety of spodumene. The colour of some kunzite can be enhanced by irradiation. Kunzite has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.1 -...

    • Liquid Crystal Display (LCD)

      Numerals made up of dark bars on a lighter background, or vice versa, for continuous display in electronic digital watches.A digital display shows hours, minutes and seconds in...

    • Movement

      The duly-assembled organs and mechanisms of a watch, meaning the winding and hand-setting mechanism, the mainspring, the gears, the escapement and the regulating organ (spring...

    • 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...

    • Oil sink

      A cavity in bearings for a drop of oil.

    • Peridot

      A light green gemstone that has a large double refraction that produced double images of its inclusions. Peridot has a hardness of 6.5.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Repairer

      The person who repairs watches. A repairer must be outstanding in watchmaking.

    • Setting

      The technique used to secure a stone so as to reveal its qualities to full advantage. The main types of setting: Bezel or Collet setting Bulk setting Prong...

    • Tritium

      A radioluminescent substance containing tritium that is used to coat the indicators on timekeeping devices so they can be read in the dark.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Zinc

      A metal applied by electrodeposition (electroplating) to protect iron and steel.

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