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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

    Opus Collection

    In 2001 Harry Winston introduced the Opus Series,creating an exceptional timepiece annually in partnership with one of Switzerland’s most gifted haute horologists.

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  • Famous watchmakers

    Edward Howard

    American clockmaker. Founder, with D.P. Davis, of a pendulum factory in Roxbury.

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  • History

    1916

    Creation of the Swiss trade fair MUBA, in Basel. Heuer filed a patent for the "Micrograph" to 1/100th of a second, and the "Semi-micrograph" to 1/50th of a second.

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  • Glossary

    • Axle

      A pivoted steel arbor on which the balance is mounted.

    • Back

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

    • Côtes or vagues de Genève

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

    • Drum

      Lateral wall of a barrel or other similar hollow, cylindrical part. The inside of the barrel drum is fitted with a hook to take the mainspring.

    • European cut , mine cut or cushion cut

      Also known as the old European cut is an old, round brilliant cut with a very small table and heavy crown.

    • Facet

      The flat surface of a cut gemstone.

    • Grande sonnerie

      Watch that strikes the hours and quarters in passing and repeats the hour at each quarter. The hour and quarter strikes can be repeated on demand. Certain Grande Sonnerie...

    • Hammer

      A metal part that strikes gongs causing them to vibrate and produce sound. See...

    • Inverted calibre

      calibre whose dial is on the side with the bridges and geartrain rather than on the bottom-plate side

    • Jeweller

      In its original, eighteenth-century meaning, a jeweller is an expert in the art of mounting precious stones in gold, silver and, later, platinum so as to bring out their full beauty and sparkle....

    • Karrusel

      A device similar to the tourbillon, the difference being that the cage is driven by the third wheel. Invented by Bonnicksen, a Danish watchmaker established in London.See complication.

    • Lever héliaque d'un astre

      An annual occurrence which marks the end of a period of invisibility that began with the star's heliacal setting due to conjunction with the rising Sun.

    • Mystery setting

      A groove is cut into a baguette stone and the stone snapped into a metal rail. The stones are set tightly together so that none of the metal is visible.This technique was patented in...

    • Nickel silver (German silver)

      A silver-white alloy of copper, nickel and zinc developed in France circa 1820 by Maillot and Chorier from whom it takes its name.

    • 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 oscillator

      The regulating organ in a quartz clock or watch.

    • Ruby

      A very hard red stone that is a type of corundum (aluminium oxide). Ruby is especially suited to making bearings (jewels) for the watch's different moving parts and the organs of the escapement,...

    • Stippling (Spotting)

      A decorative finish of overlapping circles in a close-set concentric pattern that gives a distinctive textured effect.

    • Transfer

      Apply markings (numerals, signature, etc.) to the dial by means of a gelatine pad pressed onto an engraved and inked block.

    • Universal Time (UT)

      Since 1972, a continuation of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) which is mean solar time at the Greenwich meridian. Universal Time (UT) is a measurement of time based on the Earth's...

    • Vagues de Genève

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

    • Watchmaker's cabinet

      A small chest of drawers for storing the watchmaker's tools and often part of the bench. A cabinet can also be a separate piece of furniture with any number of drawers for sorting and...

    • 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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