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      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 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

    • Alloy

      Combination of two or more pure molten metals. Generally, an alloy is given the name of the dominant metal.

    • Basic Function

      Indication of the hours, minutes and seconds using any type of display.

    • Crown (jewellery)

      The upper portion of a cut gemstone. See facet

    • Dual time zone

      Describes a watch that simultaneously gives the time in two time zones, usually local and the wearer's home.

    • 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...

    • Gemmology

      The study of precious stones.

    • Hammer

      A metal part that strikes gongs causing them to vibrate and produce sound. See...

    • Imperial jade

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

    • Jewels

      International term for the rubies in a watch movement.

    • Kunzite

      A transparent pink or light purple gemstone and is a variety of spodumene. The colour of some kunzite can be enhanced by irradiation. Kunzite has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.1 -...

    • Lever

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

    • Mystery setting

      A groove is cut into a baguette stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible.This technique was patented in...

    • 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.

    • Oignon (watch)

      A style of watch made in France in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Its fat, bulbous form suggests an onion. Most oignon watches featured a chased brass case, very occasionally...

    • Perpetual calendar (watch)

      A watch whose perpetual calendar (see complication) automatically takes the number of days in the month into account: 30 or 31 and the 28 or 29 days of February for ordinary and leap years. Unless...

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Rutilated quartz

      A rock crystal that has inclusions of rutile that looks like golden hair. It belongs to the mono-crystalline family of quartz.

    • Sapphire

      Sapphire is a precious gemstone (a type of corundum) that ranges in colour from blue to pink to yellow to green to white to purple (mauve sapphire) to pink-orange (padparadscha sapphire)....

    • Terminage

      The assembly and inspection of all the watch's parts.

    • Under-dial work

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

    • Vermeil

      Silver covered with a thin layer of gold.

    • Watch

      A portable timepiece that functions in all positions. A watch comprises three essential parts: The movement made up of the different mechanical components required to keep...

    • 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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