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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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  • Watches and Wonders

    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.

Head office

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

Pont de la Machine 1

1204 Geneva | Switzerland

T +41 22 808 58 00

Watches and Culture: Did you know?

  • Timepieces

    Seamaster

    Seamaster - the Seamaster collection saw daylight in 1947 as Omega's first line of watertight watches. Originally designed as an elegant, classic timepiece, over the years it increasingly embraced its technical credentials to become a...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Louis-Antoine Breguet

    French horologist. Trained in Paris under his father, Abraham-Louis Breguet, and in London, under John Arnold. On the death of his father, in 1823, he took over at the head of the business, established in...

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  • History

    1892

    Invention of synthetic jewels by Auguste Verneuil in France.

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  • Glossary

    • Atomic clock

      A caesium clock draws on the hypothesis of stable atomic properties, in particular the frequency of radiation corresponding to the transitions between two energy levels. The atomic frequency...

    • Bagnolet (calibre)

      The extra-flat watch movement known as a Bagnolet is an "inverted" calibre, where the dial is on the geartrain side rather than the bottom plate side.So that the time can be read...

    • Crown (jewellery)

      The upper portion of a cut gemstone. See facet

    • Dauphine

      A type of hand in the form of an elongated triangle.

    • Etablisseur

      In Switzerland, a watchmaker who buys ébauches and parts to then assemble them.

    • Flirt (independent seconds)

      A small rod, driven by a separate train, whose end meshes with the escape-pinion's leaves. The flirt is released every second and makes one complete revolution. This movement is transferred to the...

    • Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

      Mean time at the meridian of the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, which is the prime meridian of the world. GMT is a civil time beginning at midnight.

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • Inertia block

      Small pieces of metal placed on the balance of the watches to regulate variation in rate in the absence of an index, in particular for chronometers.A small piece of metal whose inertia...

    • Jeweller

      In its original, eighteenth-century meaning, a jeweller is an expert in the art of mounting precious stones in gold, silver and, later, platinum so as to bring out their full beauty and sparkle....

    • 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 héliaque d'un astre

      An annual occurrence which marks the end of a period of invisibility that began with the star's heliacal setting due to conjunction with the rising Sun.

    • Manufacture

      The Swiss watch industry uses this term to differentiate between a company that manufactures a watch almost in its entirety as opposed to finishing shops which only assemble and time the watch,...

    • Nephrite

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

    • Opaque

      An optical characteristic of certain gemstones that do not transmit light either due to a very saturated colour or numerous inclusions.

    • Perpetual calendar

      Devised to incorporate the specificities of the Gregorian calendar. It is perpetual because it automatically adjusts to months with 30 days and to the 28 or 29 days in February. For this, it...

    • 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.

    • Self-winding (Automatic)

      Describes a mechanism that winds the mainspring by using the movement of the arm to cause a rotor to rotate and which, via specific gears, winds the mainspring.

    • Tourmaline

      A dichroic gemstone that comes in all colours of the rainbow. Some crystals are bi or tri coloured. Tourmaline has the greatest colour range of any gemstone. Tourmaline has a hardness of 7-7.5 and...

    • 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...

    • Vagues de Genève

      Synonym of Côtes de Genève. A decoration of undulating lines, like waves, frequently used to embellish superior quality movements.

    • Wheel-cutting engine

      A machine for cutting the required number of teeth into an unfinished gear after marking the position of each tooth with a dividing plate.

    • 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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