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FHH Academy, the bridge to understanding Fine Watches

FHH Academy at the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie is the only organisation in the watch industry to deliver training that leads to industry-recognised certification. Initially targeting sales staff, it now also addresses the general public through digital tools.

Thursday, 26 September 2019
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Dessau building, Walter Gropius (1925-26) - South facade
Culture
Watchmakers celebrate 100 years of Bauhaus

Founded in 1919 by Walter Gropius, the Staatlisches Bauhaus applied arts school in Weimar remains vastly influential, despite its shortlived existence. Its modernist precepts outlasted the century, and the Bauhaus ethos continues to inform watch design.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019
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Dondi's astrarium is a mechanical representation of Ptolemy's geocentric system* © MIH
History & Masterpieces
Dondi's astrarium, the eighth wonder of the world

The Italian astronomer Giovanni da Dondi devised and built the first planetary clock, which he completed in 1364. Considered a pure product of Italian genius, it nonetheless finished on the scrap heap… though not without firing the imagination of the medievalists who set about its reconstruction.

Friday, 24 October 2008
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Photo of a Milgauss 6451: dial repainted and reworked (fake), aftermarket (counterfeit) hands, case, and bezel. The movement and the crown are original © Fabrice Guéroux
Culture
Antique watches: do you have to be a seasoned expert?

The new market of aftermarket parts, used in the famous "authentic-fake watches", has the wind in its sails and is likely to fool even the most knowledgeable collectors. Unfortunately, the pleasure of unearthing a rare timepiece has become rarer than the watch itself…

Friday, 24 October 2008
Fabrice Guéroux
4 min read
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History & Masterpieces
Fun times

The often very serious art of watchmaking has taken a whimsical detour this year. Several elite watchmakers, possibly in an effort to entertain us, have unleashed a bevy of eccentric timepieces that seem destined to become collectors’ items.

Friday, 24 October 2008
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Geneva School of Watchmaking.
History & Masterpieces
School-watches, Masterpieces of Expertise

An exhibition at the Geneva Musées d’art et d’histoire retraces the evolution of Swiss watchmaking from the mid-19th century up until today through the presentation of school-watches. Embodiments of professional training, they are the reflection of watchmaking values of yesterday and today.

Friday, 24 October 2008
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«We can seize packages containing counterfeit goods ordered over the Internet» commented Jean-Daniel Pasche, Predident of the FH © FH
Culture
Thousands of fake watches destroyed in Switzerland

Four years after the last mass destruction of counterfeit watches in Switzerland, no fewer than 29,000 fakes went into the crusher in July to mark the coming into force of new regulations on the importing of counterfeit goods.

Friday, 19 September 2008
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The Old Woman, early 19th century (1) © MHL
History & Masterpieces
The MHL celebrates its half-century with the Sandoz collection

What, a former curator wondered, would be a fitting way for a horological museum to commemorate its half-century? With a celebration of course, but what else? By inviting friends and visitors to rediscover the renowned Sandoz collection, several outstanding pieces of which are part of the MHL's (Musée d'Horlogerie du Locle) own collection.

Friday, 19 September 2008
Eric Othenin-Girard
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The Nomos building in the old railway station
Beginner's Guide

Glashütte, the German miracle

Wednesday, 07 March 2018
Written By Christophe Roulet
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