The Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) announced its latest initiative in New York this week: The White Paper on Fine Watchmaking. Founded in 2005 “to promote Fine Watchmaking worldwide through its four missions to inform, train, recognize and organize,” the FHH published the paper to define the values and standards of the industry.
To this end, the FHH enlisted a panel of 46 international independent watch experts, who spent three years developing criteria across seven areas of expertise: R&D and production, Style and Design, History and DNA, Distribution and After-Sales Service, Collectors, Brand Image and Communication, and Training. This Cultural Council specified 28 objective and measurable criteria in these areas, and then evaluated a total of 86 brands. Of these, 64 were identified as meeting the criteria.
The brands were segmented into four categories: Historic Maisons, Contemporary Brands, Luxury Brands, and Artisan-Creators.
Here’s a full list of who made the grade:
Historic Maisons: A. Lange & Söhne, Audemars Piguet, Blancpain, Bovet Fleurier, Breguet, Breitling, Bulgari, Cartier, Chopard, Girard Perregaux, Glashütte Original, H. Moser & Cie, Harry Winston, IWC, Jaeger-LeCoultre, Jaquet Droz, Officine Panerai, Omega, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Rolex, TAG Heuer, Ulysse Nardin, Vacheron Constantin, Van Cleef & Arpels, Zenith
Contemporary Brands: Armin Strom, Ateliers Louis Moinet, Cabestan, Christophe Claret, De Bethune, De Witt, FP Journe, Greubel Forsey, Hautlence, Hublot, HYT, Laurent Ferrier, Maîtres du Temps, MB & F, MCT, Parmigiani, Ressence, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Romain Gauthier, Romain Jerome, Speake Marin, Urwerk
Luxury Brands: Chanel, Hermès, Louis Vuitton, Montblanc
Artisan-Creators: Andreas Strehler, Antoine Preziuso, Beat Haldimann, Christiaan Van der Klaauw, Grönefeld, Kari Voutilainen, Philippe Dufour, Roger W. Smith, Sarpaneva, Thomas Prescher, Vianney Halter