The term Haute Horlogerie, literally translated, means high art of watchmaking. It is used since the quartz crisis at the end of the 1970's and beginning of the 1980's, for the renewed tradition of high-class mechanical watches. Specifically it includes the competence to manufacture challenging complications.
Examples of this feat are: Rattrapante (or split seconds) chronograph, flyback chronograph, moon phase, tourbillon, perpetual calendar, minute repeater, alarm watch, world timer, astronomical watch and equation of time. In the upper luxury segment, there are models that unite several of these complications in one watch.
To maintain the tradition of the Haute Horlogerie the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie was founded in 2005 in Switzerland by well-known watch companies. Afterwards a further number of known producers joined.
Closely connected with the Haute Horlogerie is the competence of a largely self-concepted production of watches, including watch and case, as is encountered with watch manufactures.