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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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    Portuguese

    Watchmakers are well-advised to listen to the market and pay heed to their customers' requests and suggestions, no matter how bewildering they may at first seem. Take as proof the Portuguese by IWC. Three-quarters of a century later,...

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    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

    1970

    The first mass-produced quartz watches with analog display and integrated circuit (Bêta 21).

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  • Glossary

    • Amagnetic

      Which does not have magnetic properties.

    • Bezel or collet setting

      The stone is encircled by a strip of metal which is pressed over so as to extend slightly over the girdle. This closed setting is the oldest and most resistant.

    • Clous de Paris

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

    • Dividing head (Division plate)

      A disc with evenly spaced notches around its circumference for dividing the circumference of gears prior to cutting the required number of teeth.

    • Ephemeris

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

    • Flirt (independent seconds)

      A small rod, driven by a separate train, whose end meshes with the escape-pinion's leaves. The flirt is released every second and makes one complete revolution. This movement is transferred to the...

    • Gears

      A set of wheels and pinions whereby the movement of one sets all the others in motion.There are different types of gears, e.g. winding gears, strike-train, etc.

    • Hertz (Hz)

      A unit of frequency of a periodic phenomenon equal to one cycle per second.

    • Imperial jade

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

    • Jumping hour

      A means of display in which the hour, shown through an aperture, instantly changes every 60 minutes.

    • 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.

    • Ligne

      Also "ligne parisienne". An old unit of measurement in traditional watchmaking, prior to the metric system and directly inherited from the French pied (foot) under the Ancien Régime. One...

    • Maker's mark

      The mark which a manufacturer stamps on its products.

    • 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.

    • Oscillating weight (Rotor)

      In a self-winding movement, a heavy metal disc that turns freely in both directions to wind the mainspring.See rotor.

    • Pellaton (winding system)

      The Pellaton automatic winding system was developed by Albert Pellaton, then technical director at IWC, and patented in 1946. The system was further improved in 1950.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Refractive index

      The ratio of the speed of light in air and the speed of light in an optically denser medium. Each gemstone has a specific refractive index that, when legible, can identify it.

    • Step motor

      An electric motor in which at least one part moves as a series of steps. Also known as a Lavet motor after its inventor Marius Lavet, the step motor equips the majority of quartz watches.

    • 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...

    • Vane

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

    • Water

      The transparency and clarity of a precious stone; the orient and lustre of a pearl.

    • 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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    VV, Branch of Richemont International SA - Jura

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    Coordinator CS Systems and Projects

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    MONTBLANC Simplo GmbH - Hamburg

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