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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

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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

    IX Maya Underworld

    The ninth step of the Bolon Yokte Ku, the cosmic pyramid of Maya civilisation, symbolises the advent of a new world – the ninth underworld – when human consciousness reaches its highest level. Marking humankind’s passage into...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    John Arnold

    English clockmaker and chronometer maker. Member of the Clockmaker Company (CC.). Free CC.1783. Livery CC.1796.

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  • History

    1601

    Foundation of the Genevan Corporation of Watchmakers. After a minimum five-year apprenticeship, candidates for the title of master had to make "a small clock with an alarm to wear around the neck and a square clock on two levels to...

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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...

    • 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.

    • Carat

      When abbreviated (ct.) a carat is a standard unit of weight used for gemstones. 1 carat weighs 0.2 gram (1/5 of a gram). A hundredth of a carat is called a...

    • Drift

      The variation in rate of a timepiece.

    • Exterior

      The different parts (case, dial, hands, crystal, crown, etc.) that help to give the watch its finished and functional appearance.

    • Foliot

      An oscillating bar with a weight at each ends used as a regulator in the first mechanical timepieces.

    • Gold

      Gold has seduced the world with its beauty, but also because not even acid can alter its natural properties. An estimated 130,000 tons have been extracted from the earth since prehistoric times,...

    • Heart-shaped

      A type of brilliant cut that is perfect for romantic and special occasions. Correctly executed, a heart-shaped diamond has good fire and brilliance. It has 54 facets and a culet.

    • Index for flat balance springs

      An index that is often fitted with a screw or cam so that it can be adjusted by a very small amount for fine-tuning. The spring passes through the space between the curb pin and the boot.

    • 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.

    • 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 -...

    • Lug

      A thin metal rod fixed between the case horns for attaching the watch strap.

    • Mechanism

      A configuration of parts to perform a function. The watch is a mechanism whose various parts are themselves mechanisms, each with a specific function. Chronograph mechanism:...

    • Natural pearl

      A natural pearl is also called an oriental pearl. This pearl is formed by an oyster, freshwater mussel or other mollusc as a reaction to a tiny invading object that happened to be caught inside...

    • Organic

      Describes a substance produced by a living organism. Pearl, coral and shell are examples of organic substances used in jewellery.

    • 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.

    • Resonance

      This sophisticated technique, developed by Breguet and applied to wristwatches by François-Paul Journe, implies two fully independent movements: two mainsprings, two geartrains, two lever...

    • Split-seconds (chronograph)

      The split-seconds chronograph is used to time different events that begin but do not end together. When set, the hand of the chronograph and the hand of the split seconds button when the first...

    • Trueing calipers

      A tool used to calibrate certain parts.

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

      A watch whose dial shows the time of places in different time zones.

    • 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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