Eight up-and-coming watchmakers from Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, France, Finland and the USA are competing to win a cash prize of 10,000 euros. The task of these talented youngsters is to construct a moon-phase display based on the standard ETA 6498 calibre. The competition, named after Ferdinand A. Lange, is being held for the fifth time.
At the beginning of May 2014, the participants in this year's F.A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award took the opportunity to get an exclusive glimpse of the secrets of Lange's watchmaking art. After a tour of the manufactory, they got to grips with decorative techniques such as finishing, circular graining or engraving in different workshops, and were introduced to the distinctive aspects of assembly at Lange. The participants got the chance to work with their own hands on engraving a balance cock and assembling a Lange calibre. In addition to Anthony de Haas, Product Development
Director at A. Lange & Söhne, the participants were able to talk to an experienced adviser who gave them a better understanding of the Lange product philosophy. The programme was completed with a visit to the Glashütte watch museum and the Dresden Mathematics and Physics Salon, sponsored by A. Lange & Söhne.
At the end of the project week, Anthony de Haas explained the competition task to the eight competitors: they have until the beginning of October to build a fully functional moon-phase display. After that, the entries will be judged by an expert panel of watchmakers, scientists and specialist journalists. Walter Lange, the firm's founder, will also be among the judges. 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 24 October 2014 in the course of the celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the first Lange collection of the new era. The winner will receive a prize of €10,000.