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    The Miami Design District celebrates
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    Fine Watchmaking now has its White Paper.

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    • Inform

      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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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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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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      The keys to understanding Fine Watchmaking, from beginner to expert level, with HH Academy.

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    • Recognise

      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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      Establish a reference that encompasses the fundamental values of Fine Watchmaking.

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      The Foundation has developed proven competencies in the organisation of events where specialists and the general public discover Fine Watchmaking and its major trends. Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, a globally renowned event reserved primarily for professionals, and its B2C equivalent, Watches&Wonders in Hong Kong, are the most representative examples.

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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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Ressence Panerai Ulysse Nardin Roger Dubuis Parmigiani Fleurier DeWitt Hermès F.P. Journe Van Cleef & Arpels Romain Gauthier Chopard Greubel Forsey Christophe Claret Audemars Piguet Bulgari Louis Vuitton Cartier Speake-Marin Hautlence RJ-Romain Jerome Urwerk H. Moser & Cie Armin Strom Laurent Ferrier Montblanc A. Lange & Söhne Chanel Grönefeld Zenith Vacheron Constantin Voutilainen Girard-Perregaux Ferdinand Berthoud Richard Mille TAG Heuer Jaeger-LeCoultre IWC Bovet 1822 Piaget HYT MB&F De Bethune

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  • Timepieces

    Limelight Magic Hour

    Magic Hour oval-shaped watch, medium-sized model. Case in 18 carat pink gold. White dial featuring flinqué decoration, two applied numerals in pink gold set with diamonds and copper-coloured hour-markers. Flange and ardillon...

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    Jean Frédéric Leschot

    Swiss clockmaker and mechanic.Adopted son of Pierre Jaquet Droz.Apprentice then associate and successor of his father.Father of Georges Auguste Leschot.Renowned for making watches with automatons and singing...

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  • History

    1989

    Patek Philippe made the most complicated pocket watch of its time to commemorate its 150th anniversary.

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  • Glossary

    • Atomic clock

      A caesium clock draws on the hypothesis of stable atomic properties, in particular the frequency of radiation corresponding to the transitions between two energy levels. The atomic frequency...

    • Bassiner

      French verb. To give a bassine form to a watch by chiselling the case back into a smooth, round shape.

    • Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres

      The COSC awards the title of "chronometer" to each watch whose accuracy and consistency of rate has been demonstrated over fifteen days of tests at one of the COSC's Bureaux Officiels...

    • Decimal (Revolutionary) (Republican)

      A watch or clock dial made in 1793, after the French Revolution which imposed the decimal calendar. The year was divided into 12 months and each month into three 10-day periods known as...

    • Ebauche

      An unfinished movement sold as such. Until circa 1850, an ébauche comprised only the plate, bridges, fusee and barrel. It was known as a blanc and was finished at the...

    • Finisseur

      Generally speaking, a skilled worker who performs the last stage in a process, for example who finishes a watch case or dial, or who fits the geartrain. The...

    • Glucidur (Glucydur)

      A highly elastic, hard, amagnetic and corrosion-proof alloy used to make monometallic balances, escapements and balance-springs.

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • 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.

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • Nacre

      The iridescent substance secreted by molluscs around a foreign object. Pearls and cultured pearls are covered with nacre by certain species of oysters and mussels.

    • Official rating certificate

      A document, issued by an Observatory or an official ratings bureau, that certifies the quality of a watch which has proven, in trials, to meet with a given standard. Only a watch that has received...

    • 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...

    • Repassage

      The final and complete inspection of the watch with its mechanism and aesthetics, just before it leaves the manufacturer. Both rate and appearance are inspected.

    • Shockproof

      Designed to withstand shocks without being damaged. See also shock absorber and Incabloc®.

    • Transfer

      Apply markings (numerals, signature, etc.) to the dial by means of a gelatine pad pressed onto an engraved and inked block.

    • Universal Time (UT)

      Since 1972, a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian. Universal Time (UT) is a measurement of time based on the Earth's...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Waterproof

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres.See also ATM; water-resistant.

    • 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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