There have been many attempts to define the elusive concept of Fine Watchmaking. Naturally, the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie is among those who have endeavoured to reach such a definition. Beyond a definition in the strict sense, the Foundation's Steering Committee of distributors, journalists, experts and collectors, all acknowledged within the field of Fine Watchmaking, proposes a Fine Watchmaking Manifesto.
“This Manifesto sets out the main principles agreed on by the Cultural Council to delineate the term ´Fine Watchmaking.´ This is, of course, proposed not as an exact science but as a guiding principle; an intention that expresses the ambition of a brand, an independent watchmaker or a manufacturer.“
The “Fine Watchmaking“ denomination embraces a centuries-old, living history, a rich and specific culture, a professional ethic, the enduring expertise of the artisan, and a burning passion.
In a word, Fine Watchmaking is a culture of knowledge and know-how. While Fine Watchmaking is heir to a long tradition, it nonetheless looks firmly to the future. Its values are research, innovation, development and training new generations.