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      We have a role to educate both aficionados of watchmaking and the public at large. We achieve this through the production of magazines, reference books, exhibitions, lectures, an online encyclopaedia, and by relaying latest developments in the sector, training and job opportunities. Also as part of this mission to inform, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has compiled a guide to the sector's forty-some professions, for young people who want to make watchmaking their career.

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      From HH Academy to HH Certification, we work actively to develop knowledge of watches and watchmaking, as well as to validate and endorse skills. Year-round, the Foundation delivers a full programme of training, from beginner to expert level. Our goal is to provide the keys to understanding watchmaking, explore its diversity, and safeguard expertise. The Foundation also develops partnerships with schools and training institutes in all areas of the watchmaking and luxury industries.

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      Since 2005, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie has acted as a reference for the profession. It integrates notions of excellence, innovation, creativity and a continued heritage. These values were defined by the Cultural Council, which combines the competencies of more than forty international experts. This Council has set out the principles that have accompanied watchmaking from its earliest expression to the present day and into the future.

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    • Atm (atmosphere)

      Unit of measure to indicate a watch's water-resistance, specifically its capacity to resist pressure, based on standard atmospheric pressure defined as 101.325 kilopascals (kPa) equivalent to...

    • Bagnolet (calibre)

      The extra-flat watch movement known as a Bagnolet is an "inverted" calibre, where the dial is on the geartrain side rather than the bottom plate side.So that the time can be read...

    • Chronograph

      A watch indicating hours, minutes and seconds combined with a mechanism whose hand can be started, stopped and returned to zero on demand to measure a duration to one fifth, tenth or even...

    • Drift

      The variation in rate of a timepiece.

    • Ephemeris

      A table, published annually, showing the positions of the stars and planets.

    • File

      A hand tool of various shapes and sizes, made from tempered steel and used to give an object its rough or final form.

    • Gong

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

    • 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.

    • Inertia block

      Small pieces of metal placed on the balance of the watches to regulate variation in rate in the absence of an index, in particular for chronometers.A small piece of metal whose inertia...

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • Knot

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

    • Lever

      Part of a watch or clock escapement, made in steel or brass. The lever, whose form suggests a ship's anchor, has a dual function: it transmits energy from the spring via the wheels to the...

    • Microcrystallin

      Microcrystalline is a type of mineral structure in which the crystals are so small that they can only be seen using a microscope. Agate, example is microcrystalline.

    • Niello

      An enamel-like alloy of lead, copper, silver, sulphur and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride). Niello paste is applied over incised gold or silver then fired in the enamellist's furnace. Excess...

    • Oscillation

      When a pendulum or balance oscillates it moves between two extreme positions (A' and A''). The movement from one of these positions to the other and back equals one oscillation. Usually a balance...

    • PVD

      Physical vapour deposition, a technique for coating metal.See electroplating and plating.

    • 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...

    • Regulator

      A clock with non-coaxial hour and minute hands. The size of the hands and their position reflect their importance: the minute hand is always the larger and is positioned in the centre of...

    • Simple calendar (watch)

      Simple calendar: shows the date, i.e. the number, in order, of each day in the month. Certain simple calendars also display the names of the months. A simple calendar...

    • Trotteuse

      A seconds hand, mounted either in the centre of the main dial or in a subsidiary dial.

    • 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.

    • Winding mechanism

      The mechanism which tightens the mainspring in a watch or lifts the weights in a clock. It comprises about ten parts (see drawing). The winding and hand-setting mechanisms have nowadays...

    • 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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