Eight young watchmakers from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Finland and the United States competed for a prize of 10,000 Euros. Their mission is to manufacture the moon phase device based on the ETA 6498 movement, and this competition named after Ferdinand A. Lange entered its fifth year this year.
Participants of this year’s F.A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award went to the Lange Watch Factory in early May 2014 to explore the brand’s mysterious watchmaking technology exclusively. After visiting the watch factory, they tried different decoration techniques such as decoration, round pattern or carving in different workshops, and learned about Lange’s unique installation details. Participants need to sculpt the balance plate and assemble the Lange movement. They have the opportunity to talk to Anthony de Haas, Director of Product Development at Lange and senior brand consultants, to fully understand Langer’s product philosophy. They also visited the Glashütte Clock and Watch Museum and the Dresden Mathematics and Physics Salon, sponsored by Lange, to complete the event.
Before the end of the event week, Anthony de Haas explained the details of the competition to eight participants: Each participant must complete a fully functional moon phase display device by early October. A professional jury of watchmakers, scientists and journalists will then review the entries of the contestants one by one. Brand founder Walter Lange is also one of the judges. The evaluation criteria include the originality and novelty of the concept of the work, the function and technical quality, and the production process.
This coincides with the 20th anniversary of the launch of the new era Lange watch series. The results of the competition will be announced on October 24, 2014. The winner will receive a prize of 10,000 Euros.
Participants of the year visit Lange watch factory
New watchmaker takes a picture with Arnd Einhorn, Brand PR Director and Anne Schaal, PR Manager in front of the new Lange plant