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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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  • Event

    Replay all the SIHH 2019 highlights in video

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  • HH Journal

    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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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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  • Timepieces

    Tag Heuer Mikrogirder

    The legendary Swiss brand is now unveiling a first Concept version, a 5/10'000th of a second chronograph beating at 1'000 Hz or 7'200'000 beats per hour! Accurate to an unprecedented 5/10'000 or 1/2'000th of a second, the...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Robert Robin

    French clockmaker.Clockmaker to Louis XV, Louis XVI, the Queen and, in 1795, the Republic. One of the first French clockmakers to use the anchor escapement.

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  • History

    1831

    Joseph Thaddeus Winnerl's split-seconds chronograph.

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  • Glossary

    • Alarm

      A pocket watch, wristwatch or clock that automatically sounds at a preset time. The alarm function regained in popularity with the launch, by Eterna in 1908, of a wristwatch with alarm.

    • Bulk setting

      The stone is held in place by shavings of metal that are raised from the mount using a graver (a cutting tool for hand-working the metal). In a pavé setting, the stones are set close...

    • Clock

      Any device (water clock, candle clock, sundial, sandglass, mechanical clock, etc.) whose function is to indicate the time. Today, it refers exclusively to a non-portable mechanism intended to work...

    • Dichroism

      The property of certain gemstones that show more than one shade of colour when viewed from different angles. Many gemstones, for example rubies, sapphires and tourmaline, are naturally...

    • Engage

      To set in motion, to connect two mechanical systems by means of a mechanical, electrical or other device. When a watch is set to the right time, the winding stem engages with the sliding pinion...

    • Fabrique

      A term formerly used in Geneva to describe all the different professions involved in watchmaking.

    • Grande complication

      See complication.

    • 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.

    • Imperial jade

      An emerald green variety of jadeite, Imperial jade is very sought after in Asia. It comes from one mine in Myanmar (Burma).

    • Jasper

      An opaque, ornamental stone found in many colours, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped, speckled, and multi-coloured and is used in watch making as a dial. Jasper...

    • Knot

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

    • Leap year

      Introduced by Julius Caesar in 45 BC as part of the Julian calendar, the leap year was already found in certain Egyptian and Babylonian calendars. It has 366 days and generally occurs every four...

    • Meridian

      An imaginary circle intersecting the Earth's poles. The meridian of a given location is the circle that intersects it and the two poles. The Greenwich meridian is taken as the prime meridian. Time...

    • 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...

    • Organic

      Describes a substance produced by a living organism. Pearl, coral and shell are examples of organic substances used in jewellery.

    • Pleochroism

      The ability of certain bi-refringent gemstones to show different tones a colour when viewed in different directions. Tourmaline is a example of a very pleochroic gemstone.

    • 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...

    • Rough

      The term used to describe a rock or a crystal in its natural state (before cutting or polishing).

    • Sodalite

      Sodalite has a dark blue background with inclusions of white, grey, pink or green. It is used as watch dials.

    • Test

      A watch is tested for water-resistance, thermal resistance, its capacity to resist knocks, corrosion, magnetic fields, etc.

    • Under-dial work

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

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • 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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