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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

    RADIOMIR 1940

    The Radiomir 1940, in the steel version is available with the case 42 mm in diameter with the P.999 hand-wound movement, the smallest and thinnest in the wide range of calibres produced by the Officine Panerai manufacture in Neuchâtel.

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Ulysse Nardin

    Swiss chronometer-maker.A precursor, with Louis Richard and Henri Grandjean, of marine chronometer manufacturing in Switzerland.On his death, the company was taken over by his son, Paul-David, who specialised production in...

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  • History

    1755

    The Parisian watchmaker Caron created, for Madame de Pompadour, a ring-watch that was wound by rotating the bezel and set using a key.

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  • Glossary

    • A toc watch

      A "dumb" repeater watch in which a hammer strikes the inside of the case to produce a muffled sound. Imagined by Julien Le Roy circa 1750.See complication.

    • Burnisher

      Tool for giving a sheen to metals.

    • Chuck

      An important workbench tool for holding small parts to be shaped or filed.

    • Dauphine

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

    • Enamel

      A vitreous substance whose main component is silica mixed with oxides (transition metals) that create a vast palette of colours. Enamel is used to decorate metal surfaces, in particular gold,...

    • Fastenings

      Generic term for screws, nuts and bolts.

    • Gild

      To cover an object with a thin layer of gold, generally by electroplating. In a watch, the case but also the movement's plate and bridges can be gilded.

    • Hunter

      A watch whose case has a front and back cover.

    • Isochronal (Isochronous)

      Recurring at regular intervals. The oscillations of a pendulum or balance are isochronal when their duration is the same regardless of their amplitude.

    • Jasper

      An opaque, ornamental stone found in many colours, including white, brown, yellow, red, and green. It is often striped, speckled, and multi-coloured and is used in watch making as a dial. Jasper...

    • 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.

    • Mainspring winder

      The tool used to wind the mainspring before inserting it in the barrel.

    • Niello

      An enamel-like alloy of lead, copper, silver, sulphur and sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride). Niello paste is applied over incised gold or silver then fired in the enamellist's furnace. Excess...

    • Opaque

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

    • Pellaton (winding system)

      The Pellaton automatic winding system was developed by Albert Pellaton, then technical director at IWC, and patented in 1946. The system was further improved in 1950.

    • Quartz

      Silicon dioxide. Also called rock crystal. Quartz has the specific property of vibrating at a very high frequency (32 MHz) placed under electric current. Under certain conditions, it...

    • Rose cut

      A gemstone cut that has a flat bottom and a faceted dome. It was often used in the 18th century and can be found on clocks and watches of the beginning of the 20th century.

    • Skeleton movement

      A movement whose plate and bridges have been cut away to expose the wheels, leaving only the substance which the watch needs to function. The movement is placed between two sapphire crystals to be...

    • Temper

      Heat treatment after quenching whereby metal is heated then slowly cooled. Tempering increases mechanical resistance by reducing the brittleness induced by quenching.

    • Under-dial work

      Collective term for the mechanisms, such as for striking, a calendar or motionwork, between the dial and the dial plate.

    • 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...

    • Wheel

      A circular component that rotates around an axis and whose function is to transmit power or motion.

    • 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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