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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

    Tourbillon Triple Axis

    Tourbillon Triple Axis

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Jean André Lepaute

    Clockmaker to Louis XV of France. French clockmaker and older brother of Jean-Baptiste Lepaute. The Lepaute family was an important watchmaking dynasty throughout the 18th and 19th centuries.The tower clocks he...

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  • History

    1675

    Christian Huygens invented the spiral balance spring for watches, thereby significantly improving their accuracy. English watchmakers Edward Barlow (Booth), Daniel Quare and Thomas Tompion developed systems for a quarter-repeater...

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  • Glossary

    • Arabic numerals

      1, 2, 3, etc. Arabic numerals, which were widely used on watch dials towards the eighteenth century, allow greater scope for fantasy than their Roman counterparts. The majority of fine-quality...

    • Breguet overcoil

      Sometimes referred to as a "Breguet spiral", it controls the rate at which the mainspring unwinds.

    • Common year

      A year that is not a leap year.

    • Date

      The number, in order, of each day in the month.

    • Ebauche

      An unfinished movement sold as such. Until circa 1850, an ébauche comprised only the plate, bridges, fusee and barrel. It was known as a blanc and was finished at the...

    • Flinqué

      Engraving done by hand using a graver or by machine using a rose-engine and comprising intersecting straight or wavy lines. The tool is always moved concentrically.

    • Grain

      A unit of weight for fine pearls: one grain equals a quarter of a carat or 0.05 grams. In stone-setting, the grain is a shaving of metal lifted from the mount and bent over the stone to...

    • 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.

    • Incabloc®

      A resilient bearing to dampen shocks on the balance-staff pivots. Also known as shockproofing. The majority of watches today use the Incabloc® system. Designed to absorb shocks...

    • 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.

    • Knot

      A raised mineral inclusion in a diamond found at the surface.

    • Luminescent

      Having the property to emit light rays. In watchmaking, Tritium is the name given to a radioluminescent substance containing tritium. It was used to coat numerals, markers and hands so they could...

    • Melee

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

    • Nephrite

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

    • Ornamental gems

      Any microcrystalline gemstone. Some examples are: Agate, Onyx, Sodalite, Malachite, etc. These ornamental stones are mostly used for watch dials.

    • Perpétuelle

      A term used by Breguet to refer to a self-winding watch.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Roman numeral IIII on dials

      Roman numerals have never served for calculating but are a system of notation used to indicate numbers. Like the majority of number systems in Antiquity, Roman numerals are written using the...

    • 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...

    • Tritium

      A radioluminescent substance containing tritium that is used to coat the indicators on timekeeping devices so they can be read in the dark.

    • 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...

    • 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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