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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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      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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      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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      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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  • Timepieces

    Double Tourbillon 30º Technique

    Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey spent four years bringing their first invention to fruition. A 60-second carriage rotates inside a four-minute carriage measuring 15mm in diameter. The former is inclined 30° to the latter. It...

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    Daniel JeanRichard-dit-Bressel

    Swiss clockmaker. Born in Bressels. Set up shop in Le Locle as of 1705. Probably served his apprenticeship in the goldsmith trade. Self-taught clockmaker. Pioneer of the development of clockmaking in...

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    1364

    Giovanni de Dondi of Padua built his Astrarium : an astronomical clock considered to be the wonder of its age. Although the original has disappeared, a replica was made based on detailed descriptions left by its creator.

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  • Glossary

    • À tact watch

      Repeater watch (see complication) in which hammer and bell are replaced by a sharp pin which protrudes from the case to prick the finger once for each hour.A type of watch made after...

    • Battery

      A device that transform the energy created by a chemical reaction into electrical energy. Typically, a battery lasts for two to five years. Its lifespan will depend on the type of watch, its size...

    • Clous de Paris

      A guilloché pattern on the dial of hollowed lines that intersect to form tiny pyramidal shapes.

    • Die

      A tempered steel tool with sharp edges for cutting and shaping various parts. A stamping press uses a die set. Watchmakers use small cylindrical dies in tempered steel whose end may or may...

    • Engine-turning (Guilloché)

      A style of hand or machine engraving with intersecting wavy or straight lines. When the piece is moved horizontally or vertically against the tool, the finished effect is guilloché, compared with...

    • Fresh water cultured pearl

      A cultured pearl that was formed in a freshwater mussel.

    • Gregorian calendar

      The calendar now referred to by the majority of countries, introduced in 1582 by Pope Gregory XIII in his reform of the Julian calendar. With its 365.25 days, the Julian year was 11 minutes...

    • Hatch

      An opening in the case allowing easy access to one of the watch's internal components, usually the battery.

    • Iolite

      Iolite is a transparent, violet-blue, light blue, or yellow-gray mineral. Iolite is pleochroic; a single stone will show up to 3 colours (in this case violet-blue, light blue, and yellow-gray)....

    • Jumping seconds

      On a chronograph, a hand that makes one rotation every second, pausing four, five, even eight times to indicate quarters, fifths or eighths of a second. Also called foudroyante.

    • Knot

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

    • 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...

    • 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...

    • 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.

    • Ornamental gems

      Any microcrystalline gemstone. Some examples are: Agate, Onyx, Sodalite, Malachite, etc. These ornamental stones are mostly used for watch dials.

    • Plating

      A process whereby one metal is covered by another, usually more precious metal by means of electrodeposition.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Repeater

      A watch that strikes the hour on demand by activating a pushpiece or a slide (bolt). There are several types of repeater: Half-quarter and quarter...

    • Secular Perpetual calendar

      Devised to incorporate the specificities of the Gregorian calendar. It is perpetual because it automatically adjusts to months with 30 days and to the 28 or 29 days in February. Unlike the...

    • Tuning-fork

      A two-pronged metal instrument mounted with quartz crystals. An electromagnet maintains the crystals' vibrations. These vibrations activate a pawl which advances the drive wheel, one tooth at a...

    • 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...

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • 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.

    • 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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