White Paper on Fine Watchmaking

Fine Watchmaking is a complex question which the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie set out to answer through a definition of this singular environment and the brands within it. The White Paper on Fine Watchmaking is the result of three years of work by the Foundation's Cultural Council.

Fine Watchmaking, Bespoke Suiting, Haute Couture… these are labels we frequently use without being entirely sure what falls within their boundaries. The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) had a duty to establish the principles of Fine Watchmaking which governed its creation. It set about this task with honnesty and humility. The FHH tapped its Cultural Council of 46 independent, international experts from across all areas of the watch industry to undertake the challenge with impartiality. Working from the ground up, and entirely on a pro bono basis, they spent three years giving shape to this White Paper. The finished document presents a synthesis of their conclusions in the unifying spirit of the FHH, whose mission is to inform, train and recognise expertise in Fine Watchmaking.

To summarise, this White Paper is the result of a methodological consideration of the notion of Fine Watchmaking and its defining values. It presents a clear definition and system of categorisation for all of the various players.

Experts opinion

White Paper on Fine Watchmaking

The new Fine Watchmaking Perimeter

Historic Maisons

A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Breitling, Bulgari, Carl F. Bucherer, Cartier, Chopard, Girard-Perregaux, Glashütte Original, H. Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, Panerai, Omega, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Tudor, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zenith

Contemporary brands

Armin Strom, Arnold & Son, Les Ateliers Louis Moinet, Christophe Claret, De Bethune, DeWitt, Fabergé, Ferdinand Berthoud, F.P. Journe, Graff, Greubel Forsey, Hautlence, Hublot, HYT, Laurent Ferrier, MB&F, Moritz Grossmann, Nomos, Parmigiani Fleurier, Ressence, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Romain Gauthier, RJ-Romain Jerome, Rudis Sylva, Speake-Marin, Urwerk

Luxury brands

Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc


Andreas Strehler, Antoine Preziuso, Beat Haldimann, Christiaan Van der Klaauw, Grönefeld, Kari Voutilainen, Konstantin Chaykin, Lang & Heyne, Mc Gonigle, Philippe Dufour, Roger W. Smith, Sarpaneva, Svend Andersen, Thomas Prescher, Vianney Halter

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