The Mastery of Time 

With The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie / Geneva

Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) presents the first staging at the Biennale of an exhibition
that recounts how the measurement of time has developed from the earliest observations to the present day.


Titled "The mastery of Time", it is based on the book of the same name by historian Dominique Fléchon,
published by FHH and Flammarion.


Some one hundred artefacts and historic timepieces illustrate the ingenious means humans have deployed
over the course of centuries in order to master their important environment.


The exhibition is devised as a journey through time in six parts which bring to life the milestones in this constant quest to master time.

Visitors discover the advances through which watchmaking has become one of Man's finest conquest,
as well as a unique canvas for the métiers d'art.



Exhibition located in the Nave. 

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Portable sundial, Pierre LeMaire, Paris,early 18th CENTURY.

Musée International de l’Horlogerie (MIH), La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland

Dominique Cohas / Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie



Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie

The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) is the guardian of technical and precious Fine Watchmaking, a world beyond compare.
Created in 2005 at the initiative of its three founders - Audemars Piguet, Girard-Perregaux and the Richemont group -
the Foundation has grown with the years, gaining in size and scope.

Through its action and commitment, it stands out as an authority on Fine Watchmaking whose values it promotes and upholds worldwide.

The 28 Contributing Maisons that fund the FHH's projects are all part of the Fine Watchmaking perimeter.

The Foundation's work is relayed by a dozen local delegations. They lead initiatives aimed at the Partner Maisons, the main retailers, the media and watch enthusiasts.


The Foundation's missions

Bring the history, professions, specificities and latest developments in Fine Watchmaking to a global public.
Website, magazines, reference works, online encyclopaedia, exhibitions, lectures, etc.

Promote and transfer the skills and expertise of Fine Watchmaking among both the public and professionals (sales staff, retailers, brands).
HH Certification, HH Academy (custom-designed training).

Produce a definition of Fine Watchmaking; draw up a Fine Watchmaking perimeter and determine who its members are.
White Paper.

Spread watchmaking culture worldwide and encourage exchanges within Switzerland
and internationally through cultural and business platforms.
SIHH, W&W, Forum, events, exhibitions, etc


The Contributing Maisons

A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Bovet 1822, Bulgari, Cartier,
Chanel, Chopard, Christophe Claret, De Bethune, Girard-Perregaux, F.P. Journe, Greubel Forsey,
Hermès, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Louis Vuitton, MB&F, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier,
Piaget, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, TAG Heuer, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels


More information at



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