This year's challenge was to construct and build a full calendar. Eight young watchmakers from France, Sweden, Finland, the USA, Japan and Germany took part in the competition, spending a busy week at A. Lange & Söhne in Dresden and Glashütte in early May to prepare. They then had six months to tackle the assignment, which required them to deal with the underlying theory as well as the practical aspects.
|Full Calendar by Tanguy Huret|
Due to the high quality of the entries, the jury decided to also announce the names of those placed second and third, for the first time. The work submitted by Ville-Veikko Koski from the Espoo Watchmaking School in Finland stood out thanks to the originality of its cylindrical date display and the unusually high level of craftsmanship that went into it. And Masakazu Arafuka from the Hiko Mizuno College in Tokyo, Japan, presented an idea inspired by the Five-Minute Clock at Dresden's Semperoper opera house, winning over the jury thanks to his creative approach and the construction itself, which was reminiscent of a chiming movement.
As part of an international press event on 7 December 2016 in Glashütte, Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid and company founder Walter Lange presented the winner with his 10,000-Euro prize.