Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Up-and-coming watchmakers visit A. Lange & Söhne: The focus of this year’s F. A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award is on the 200th birthday of Ferdinand Adolph Lange

Exclusive insights into the Lange manufactory – this chance was offered to eight young men and women in May on the occasion of an international competition for watchmaking students. The competition, which is already held for the sixth time, is named after Ferdinand Adolph Lange. The development of a fully functional calendar week indication for a watch is the task which the participants accept to win a prize of 10,000 Euro.

One week in Glashütte and Dresden – from 4 to 8 May 2015, the participants of the sixth F.A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award have taken the opportunity to get a comprehensive glimpse of the secrets of Lange’s watchmaking art. Six young men and two young women from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Finland and the Netherlands signed up for this year’s competition.
The programme offered a visit to the Dresden Mathematics and Physics Salon, sponsored by A. Lange & Söhne, and the Glashütte watch museum. The students also attended a tour through the manufactory, where they got more familiar with decorative techniques such as polishing, circular graining or engraving and with distinctive aspects of watch assembly at Lange. They also had the chance to work with their own hands while engraving a balance cock in the granular tremblage style and assembling a Lange calibre.
Additionally, the participants were able to talk to an experienced adviser who gave them a better understanding of the Lange product philosophy: Anthony de Haas, Product Development Director at A. Lange & Söhne. He also announced the competition task to them, for which they now have time until beginning of November: to build a fully functional calendar week indication based on the standard ETA 6498 calibre. This useful function usually features a third hand from the centre that takes over the role as an annual planning instrument.

An expert jury of watchmakers, scientists and specialist journalists, including the meanwhile 90 years old company founder Walter Lange, will then judge about the works. The assessment criteria will include the originality and novelty of the concept, but also the functionality and the technical quality and craftsmanship of its execution. The winner will be announced on 7 December 2015 and receive a prize of 10,000 Euro.

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