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Livre Blanc
Connoisseur of watches
A White Paper on Fine Watchmaking

What precisely do we mean by Fine Watchmaking? This is a complex question which the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie set out to answer through a definition of this singular environment and the brands within it. The White Paper on Fine Watchmaking is the result of three years of work by the Foundation's Cultural Council.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017
Press Release
3 min read
Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair
Anti-counterfeiting operation in Hong Kong

Teams from the Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry ranged the aisles of the Hong Kong Watch & Clock Fair to track down counterfeiters and unauthorised users of the "Swiss" indication of origin, with positive results.

Monday, 17 October 2016
Michel Arnoux
4 min read
Rolex Oyster Cosmograph Daytona
Serious business at Rolex (1)

In 2015, Rolex introduced a new standard of precision with a tolerance of -2/+2 seconds per day. In order to measure this precision, it had to first look at how its watches are worn. A task it has approached with characteristic thoroughness.

Wednesday, 05 October 2016
4 min read
Livre blanc EN
Point of View
What is Fine Watchmaking exactly?

The ultimate reference, Fine Watchmaking remained a vague idea for too long. The role of the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie was to provide the necessary clarifications. This is mission accomplished, with the White Paper that defines this singular environment and the brands within it.

Thursday, 23 June 2016
4 min read
Louis Vuitton Flying Tourbillon “Poinçon de Genève” watch
New Models
The watchmaker's grail with a capital V

Louis Vuitton has earned the prestigious Poinçon de Genève for its new flying tourbillon, and in doing so joins watchmaking's premier league.

Friday, 05 February 2016
1 min read
Omega Globemaster, even more Swiss

With production lines up and running and certification procedures green-lighted, the Omega Globemaster is about to take on the markets. The brand's executives, in Biel, presented the debut model in this first range of watches to carry Master Chronometer rating, which certifies unprecedented resistance to magnetic fields.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015
Emmanuel Schneider
5 min read
Point of View
So what exactly is a chronometer?

Andreas Wyss, managing director of the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC), isn't necessarily opposed to the increasing number of certifications in the watch segment. His concern is more retailers' ability to pass on proper information to the end customer, which isn't always the case.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015
4 min read
Point of View
Long live freedom

Once upon a time there was the Poinçon de Genève, a hallmark introduced in 1886 and already intended as an effective measure against counterfeiting. Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (the famous COSC), which certifies the precision of Swiss watches that meet its criteria, dates from 1973 in its present form.

Thursday, 22 January 2015
2 min read
Strengthening of Swiss made label for the watch industry well under way

The Swiss made label for the watch industry will be strengthened by the introduction of a minimum rate of Swiss value of 60% and by the requirement that technical development must be carried out in Switzerland. A decisive step has been taken in finalising the project and the Swiss made label will be very significantly strengthened as a result, in the interest of consumers and of Switzerland’s industrial fabric.

Thursday, 18 December 2014
Press Release
3 min read
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