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  • Trends 2019

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  • Event

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

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  • Event

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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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      Standout events that showcase Fine Watchmaking all over the world.

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  • Timepieces

    Royal Oak 15202

    Royal Oak 15202 with date, calibre 2121

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Sylvain Mairet

    Swiss clockmaker and chronometer maker. Full name: Sylvain Jean-Mairet. Nephew and disciple of Frédéric Louis Favre-Bulle. Renowned for the production of anchor escapements, precision watches and chronometers....

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  • History

    1992

    The Vatican lifted its condemnation of the Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo, who at the turn of the 17th century had demonstrated that the earth revolves around the sun and not vice versa, and that the sun was not the centre of the...

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  • Glossary

    • Atm (atmosphere)

      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...

    • Burnish

      To polish the pivots using a burnisher (polishing tool).

    • Chip

      Name familiarly given to an integrated circuit.

    • Decimal hour

      A decree of October 5th, 1793, promulgated on November 24th of the same year, introduced the French Revolutionary (or Republican) calendar, based on the decimal system. It was declared to...

    • Engage

      To set in motion, to connect two mechanical systems by means of a mechanical, electrical or other device. When a watch is set to the right time, the winding stem engages with the sliding pinion...

    • 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...

    • GIA

      Gemological Institute of America.

    • Heliotrope

      Heliotrope is also known as bloodstone. It is a variety of chalcedony that is dark green with red specks. Heliotrope is used as watch dials.

    • 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

      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.

    • Lever

      A rigid part that rocks on a resting point. In watches, certain levers command a function or set a position.

    • Microsecond

      A unit of time equal to one millionth of a second.

    • Nephrite

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

    • Oiling

      A process used for enhancing a gemstone's colour and transparency. Gemstones that have fissures that touch the surface are often oiled; emeralds are an example.

    • Power reserve, Indicator

      The time the watch will continue to function before the mainspring must be wound.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Revolutionary calendar

      A decree of October 5th, 1793, promulgated on November 24th of the same year, introduced the French Revolutionary (or Republican) calendar, based on the decimal system. It was...

    • Sunray brushing

      A pattern of imperceptible lines, like the sun's rays, intersecting at the same central point. It is created using a brush, usually with metal filaments.

    • Transparent

      Transparent materials allow light to pass through them without diffusing it. A large transparent stone allows the observer to read through it.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • Vane

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

    • Water-Resistant

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres. See Waterproof

    • 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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