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  • Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

    The Pont de la Machine is now home to the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie.

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  • Watches and Culture

    Bringing watchmaking culture to life: education, original content, industry think tank.

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    More than just a destination, a real hub for the industry!

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Who are we

A not-for-profit foundation set up under private law in 2005 by Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and Richemont, the objective of the FHH is to promote and spread the reputation of watchmaking excellence around the world.

It provides information on the latest news, history and skills within the watchmaking professions. It trains, assesses and certifies horological knowledge. It organises large-scale events and encounters intended for both the general public and professionals. A creator of content, competencies, connections and experiences, the FHH is supported by leading names in the watch industry and independent creators, all actively contributing to its activities.


Our areas of expertise

    • Watches and Culture

      Watchmaking is a world of age-old knowledge and know-how, recently recognized by the UNESCO. Belonging to the world of Luxury, the watchmaking culture is not only a mechanical art but also an aesthetic, a history and a heritage, highlighted by the FHH to enable a public of novices, enthusiasts or professionals to appreciate its diversity.

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    • Watches and Wonders

      The Foundation has developed proven expertise in the organization of major events where professionals and lovers of fine watchmaking are able to discover the latest novelties and trends. Watches and Wonders Geneva, dedicated mainly to professionals, has become an essential yearly rendez-vous for the industry. It is enriched by regional events promoting Swiss watchmaking around the globe.

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Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

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  • Glossary

    • Annual calendar (watch)

      A full or partial simple calendar that takes automatically into account months with less than 31 days or leap years, but not of leap years. It must be adjusted once a year.See...

    • Bulk setting

      The stone is held in place by shavings of metal that are raised from the mount using a graver (a cutting tool for hand-working the metal). In a pavé setting, the stones are set close...

    • Cloisonné

      An enamelling technique in which the outline of the subject is formed by thin flat metal wires set on the surface to be enamelled to form cells. These cells are filled with enamel and fired. After...

    • 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.

    • Engine turn

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

    • Faceting

      The cutting and polishing of the flat surfaces of a gem.

    • GIA

      Gemological Institute of America.

    • Hematite

      A natural iron oxide that is a metallic dark to silver-grey with a high sheen. Hematite can be used to make watch dials. It has a specific gravity of 4.95 to 5.16 and a hardness of 6.5 on the...

    • Inverted calibre

      calibre whose dial is on the side with the bridges and geartrain rather than on the bottom-plate side

    • 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 -...

    • Leaf

      The tooth on a pinion.

    • Melee

      A small diamond that weighs under 1/5 carat or 0.20 carat.

    • 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...

    • Oval

      A brilliant cut with an oval rather than round girdle (55 facets). Invented in the 1960s, it is increasingly popular for solitaire engagement rings or as a centre-stone surrounded by two...

    • Pin

      An articulated metal catch that is inserted in a hole in the leather strap then secured by the buckle. The majority of belts fasten this way. A watch can be said to have a pin buckle.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Radiant cut

      A gemstone cut that has 58 - 70 facets. It has a rectangular shape.

    • Snailing

      A decoration of compact spirals on a dial, created using a rose engine.

    • Train

      In a watch, the wheels and pinions. In a simple watch, the going train comprises the barrel, the centre pinion, the centre wheel, the third wheel and pinion, the fourth wheel and pinion...

    • Ultra-complicated watch

      Any function other than the indication of hours, minutes and seconds, regardless of whether the mechanism is hand-wound or self-winding, mechanical or electronic, and of movement height. The...

    • Vane

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

    • Water-resistance

      A watch's water-resistance is measured in bars (a unit of pressure where 1 bar equals 1 atmosphere or atm). Manufacturers generally indicate this water-resistance in metres (m), feet (ft),...

    • 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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