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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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      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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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  • Glossary

    • Amplitude

      The distance between the two extreme points of a movement or periodic phenomenon (a angle).

    • Bent index

      The balance spring stud and curb pins are usually within a 90° angle. In a "bent" index, this angle is smaller to reduce the distance between the stud and the pins.

    • Chimes

      The quarter-hours are sounded on three, four or more gongs with different pitches, the best-known being the Westminster chimes.

    • Date

      The number, in order, of each day in the month.

    • Electroplating

      A plating technique using electrodeposition.

    • Fancy diamonds

      Rare diamonds which are naturally red, blue, green, or purple. Their price mainly depends on the saturation and quality of colour.

    • Green diamond

      A rare, fancy coloured diamonds that is quite valuable. The most famous historical green diamond is the Dresden Green.

    • Hour-wheel

      The wheel that carries the hour hand.

    • Intermediate wheel

      A small toothed wheel, part of the hand-setting mechanism.

    • 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.

    • Karrusel

      A device similar to the tourbillon, the difference being that the cage is driven by the third wheel. Invented by Bonnicksen, a Danish watchmaker established in London.See complication.

    • 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...

    • Moonstone

      A variety of orthoclase feldspar that shows a bluish white glow that is called adularescence. It is usually whitish-blue, but can be colourless, yellow, orange, gray, or even reddish. Moonstone is...

    • 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.

    • Pendant

      The part of a pocket watch that is fixed to the case middle. The different parts of the pendant are the pipe, the head and the neck. The foot is the invisible part that is soldered inside the...

    • 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...

    • Roch cristal

      The colourless transparent variety of mono-crystalline quartz.

    • Synthetic ruby (Scientific ruby)

      A synthetic stone developed by the chemist Auguste Verneuil in 1891-1892 and made public in 1902. Synthetic rubies, which have exactly the same properties as natural rubies, are used...

    • Tritium

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

    • Ultra-complicated watch

      Any function other than the indication of hours, minutes and seconds, regardless of whether the mechanism is hand-wound or self-winding, mechanical or electronic, and of movement height. The...

    • Vane

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

    • Wind

      The action of tightening the mainspring coiled inside the barrel by means of the winding crown (in a hand-wound watch) or the rotor (in a self-winding watch).

    • 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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