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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

    DOUBLE SPLIT

    The DOUBLE SPLIT is the world's first and only mechanical chronograph with a double-rattrapante function. It features two pairs of stopwatch hands that can run together as well as separately. For the first time, they allow time...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Jean Eugène Robert-Houdin

    French illusionist, watchmaker, maker of mystery clocks and automata, inventor of electromechanical systems, and a pioneer in the use of electricity.Born into a family of watchmakers, in 1856 he officially changed his name...

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  • History

    1970

    The first mass-produced quartz watches with analog display and integrated circuit (Bêta 21).

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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...

    • Birefringence

      The property of all stones, except those of the cubic crystal system (diamond, garnet and spinel), to divide a passing ray of light in two. Also known as double refraction.

    • Corrector

      A button flush with the case middle used for adjusting the different indications, such as the date, by means of a special tool.

    • Demantoid garnet

      A valuable yellowish green, very lustrous and rare variety of the garnet group.

    • Electroplating

      A plating technique using electrodeposition.

    • Fancy diamonds

      Rare diamonds which are naturally red, blue, green, or purple. Their price mainly depends on the saturation and quality of colour.

    • Gears

      A set of wheels and pinions whereby the movement of one sets all the others in motion.There are different types of gears, e.g. winding gears, strike-train, etc.

    • Hand

      A variously shaped indicator made from a thin piece of lightweight metal and which moves round a dial, with or without graduations. Most watches have three hands, one each for the hours, minutes...

    • Impulse

      In a lever escapement, the action of the escape-wheel tooth on the impulse-face of the pallet.

    • Jade

      Jade is a gem group with jadeite and nephrite as the two varieties. Jadeite is the variety that ranges in colour from green to white to lilac to brown to almost black. Nephrite, the more ancient...

    • 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 -...

    • Lathe

      A machine-tool that rotates a workpiece while applying a cutting tool to give the piece the required shape. The lathe, with its multiple accessories, is the traditional watchmaker's most versatile...

    • 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.

    • Ornamental gems

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

    • Pavilion

      In a cut stone, the part below the girdle (for diamonds) or rondiste (for coloured stones).

    • 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...

    • Rim

      A circular mass held by spokes to form the balance.

    • Swiss T 25 (T Swiss made)

      So that watches (and timekeeping devices in general) can be read in the dark, the numerals, hour markers and hands must be coated with a luminescent substance. As a general rule, the light emitted...

    • Time zone

      In order to standardise time measurement in each country, since 1883 the Earth has been divided into twenty-four time zones, the first of which is intersected by the Greenwich meridian,...

    • Universal (watch with universal hours)

      A watch whose dial shows the time of places in different time zones.

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • Water-Resistant

      Describes a watch which, in theory, will not let in water at a depth of up to 3 atm or 30 metres. See Waterproof

    • 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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