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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

    Big Bang King All Black

    The "invisible visibility" of matching tones of black in the biggest of the Big Bang watches. On the unidirectional rotating bezel, the raised figures, stencilled in the black ceramic surface, stand out. The case is...

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Robert Robin

    French clockmaker.Clockmaker to Louis XV, Louis XVI, the Queen and, in 1795, the Republic. One of the first French clockmakers to use the anchor escapement.

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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

    • 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...

    • Back

      In a watch case, the cover, transparent or not, opposite the dial.

    • Casing ring

      A ring fitted around the movement to fill the gap between the movement and the case.

    • Disc

      A flat, thin, round plate. The calendar disc rotates under the dial; its indications are shown through an aperture. Other discs display the day, month or moon phase.

    • 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...

    • Finishing (Finissage)

      The final operation in a process. On a watch case, the last stage in assembling the parts so that they function.

    • Green garnet

      Demantoid garnets, a green, and very lustrous type of garnet. They have characteristic inclusions that look like horsetails. Demantoid garnets has a hardness of 6-7 and a specific gravity of 3.8 -...

    • Hour-wheel

      The wheel that carries the hour hand.

    • Indicator

      A watch's indicators are its dial and hands.

    • Jewels

      The international term for the jewels (rubies) in a watch movement that are used as bearings for pivots to reduce friction. The movement of a quality watch has between 15 and 21 jewels.

    • Knot

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

    • Latitude

      An angular distance that gives the location of a place north or south of the Earth's equator.

    • Moss agate

      A green variety of agate. It is chalcedony that has dendritic green, red or black inclusions. The inclusions often form beautiful patterns and are used as watch dials or cases.

    • 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.

    • Precious stone

      A precious stone (also called a gemstone) is one that is rare, beautiful and durable.

    • Quartz oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Regulating organ (regulator)

      The regulating organs in a mechanical watch are the balance and spring whose function is to count time. A clock's regulating organ is its pendulum. In an electronic watch it can be a motor or a...

    • Souscription (watch)

      Between 1793 and 1795, Breguet sought refuge in Switzerland to escape the worst consequences of the Terror. It was then that the idea for a "souscription" (subscription)...

    • Tachymeter

      An instrument for measuring speed.In watchmaking, a chronograph or sports counter with a scale for reading speed in kilometres per hour (kph) or another unit.

    • Under-dial work

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

    • Vane

      Uses air friction to slow a moving part, for example the arm on a gravity escapement.

    • World time

      Describes a watch that indicates, usually by means of subdials surrounding the main dial, local time (true solar time) in different world cities. Often these cities were chosen for their political...

    • 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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