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  • Trends 2019

    The cream of the crop, selected for you
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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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      Events

      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Glossary

    • Age of the moon

      The time between successive new moons, shown on a watch dial from 1 to 29½ days, corresponding to the period of lunar revolution around the Earth.

    • Birefringence

      The property of all stones, except those of the cubic crystal system (diamond, garnet and spinel), to divide a passing ray of light in two. Also known as double refraction.

    • CIBJO

      The French acronym for Confédération International pour la Bijouterie, Joaillerie, Orfévrerie translated to The International confederation of Jewellery, Silverware, Diamonds, Pearls and Stones....

    • Digital

      A system controlled by the watch movement to indicate the time. An alphanumerical (or numerical) display uses letters and numerals (or just numerals) to show the time.An...

    • Etablissage

      A procedure for manufacturing the watch and/or movement by assembling the various parts. As a general rule, the procedure in full comprises taking delivery of, inspecting and stocking the...

    • Fracture

      A break in a gemstone.

    • Gild

      To cover an object with a thin layer of gold, generally by electroplating. In a watch, the case but also the movement's plate and bridges can be gilded.

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • 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...

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • Knot

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

    • Lever héliaque d'un astre

      An annual occurrence which marks the end of a period of invisibility that began with the star's heliacal setting due to conjunction with the rising Sun.

    • Microsecond

      A unit of time equal to one millionth of a second.

    • 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.

    • Opaque

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

    • Power reserve, Indicator

      The time the watch will continue to function before the mainspring must be wound.

    • 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...

    • Refraction

      The bending of a light ray when in enters an optically denser medium at an angle.

    • Synthetic stone

      Synthetic stones are stones that have the same characteristics as the natural gemstone, but are man-made in laboratories. The only way to distinguish one from the other is by observation of the...

    • 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.

    • 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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