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  • Trends 2019

    The cream of the crop, selected for you
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  • Event

    The Miami Design District celebrated
    Haute Horlogerie from 15th to 17th February 2019

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  • Event

    Replay all the SIHH 2019 highlights in video

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  • HH Journal

    Catch up on the latest news, watches,
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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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      Encyclopaedia

      The world of watches in all its wealth and diversity.

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    • Trainings

      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.

    • FHH Academy

      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.

    • Organization

      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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      Events

      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    Classic Racing Collection

    The passion for “Classic Racing”, a world to which Chopard has been linked for more than 20 years, drives the Mille Miglia, Grand Prix de Monaco Historique and Jacky Ickx collections of sports chronographs.Each of these three...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Jacques Frédéric Houriet

    Swiss clockmaker and chronometer maker. Served his apprenticeship with his uncle, Abraham Gagnebin, then was apprenticed to Abraham Louis Perret-Jeanneret, master watchmaker in Le Locle, under the terms of a notarial letter of...

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  • History

    1838

    Louis Audemars' keyless winding mechanism.

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  • Glossary

    • A toc watch

      A "dumb" repeater watch in which a hammer strikes the inside of the case to produce a muffled sound. Imagined by Julien Le Roy circa 1750.See complication.

    • Bar

      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...

    • Carbonado

      Carbonardo is a rare type of opaque black diamond used for drilling bits and abrasive wheels. Unlike other diamonds, carbonadoes are not found in a crystallized form - they are found in irregular...

    • Drift

      The variation in rate of a timepiece.

    • Engine turn

      To cut metal with decorative engraving by hand or using an engine turning machine.

    • Fabrique

      A term formerly used in Geneva to describe all the different professions involved in watchmaking.

    • Gong

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

    • Hour-wheel

      The wheel that carries the hour hand.

    • Invar

      Alloy of iron and nickel whose low coefficient of thermal expansion was discovered by Charles Edouard Guillaume. Invar (abbreviation of invariable) belongs to the Elinvar family of metals...

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • 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.

    • Lapidary

      A craftsman who cuts, polishes and sells coloured and precious stones. A lapidary who specializes in diamonds is called a diamond-cutter.

    • Maltese Cross

      A device to prevent overwinding, comprising a finger fixed to the barrel arbor and a small wheel in the shape of a Maltese Cross, mounted on the barrel cover. The Maltese Cross is also the...

    • Nephrite

      A family of the jade group of ornamental gemstones. Nephrite is slightly softer that jadeite and is often veined.

    • Ornamental gems

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

    • Pivot

      A part that runs in a fixed support (bearing).

    • 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...

    • Recess

      A hollow cut into the bridges or bottom plate to accommodate the different parts.

    • Slide

      In a repeater watch, a part made from the same metal as the case and which slides along the case middle to wind the spring of the striking mechanism. A silent-slide prevents the mechanism from...

    • Timing

      Before the watch can be timed, the following operations must be completed:pinning, centring and truing the balance spring poising the balance defining the count point...

    • 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...

    • Vibration

      Movement of a pendulum or oscillating body between two extreme positions (A' and A''). The balance of a mechanical watch generally makes five vibrations per second, equivalent to 18,000...

    • 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.

    • 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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