Watch 101: Learn About Watches With This Amazing AppWritten by Melissa Kong
It’s just a download away.
If you’ve ever wanted to learn more about horology but were too shy or embarrassed to ask, here’s the perfect solution: the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) has just launched a ‘Watch Essentials’ training app. Designed as much for professionals as for watch newbies eager to boost their horological knowledge, topics range from basics like ‘Terminology’ and ‘External Parts’, to in-depth subjects like ‘Complications’ and ‘Market Players’.
Keen to test our own watch knowledge (yes, writers always need a little reassurance!), we took the app for a spin and ended up spending an entire morning engrossed in its interactivity and ease of use. Each section starts with a video, followed by a quiz. Score enough points and you get to move on to the next section. With each completed stage, you earn a component for the virtual watch you get to build. It’s fun, engaging and no, we didn’t score full marks in every section (oops).
As a special offer, the first 1,000 people to complete all the levels before June 30, 2017 will be eligible to take the HH Certification for free (usually CHF 385). Not a bad deal at all if, like us, you have an inner watch nerd that enjoys a little challenge once in a while.
The Watch Essentials app is available as a free download on the Apple Store and Google Play Store with versions in French, English, Simplified and Traditional Chinese.
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".