For the fourth time, A. Lange & Söhne invited young watchmaking talents from all over the world to enter the competition that was established in honour of Ferdinand A. Lange, the founder of fine watchmaking in Saxony. Eight young men from watchmaking schools in Germany, Austria, Japan, Denmark, Finland, France and the Netherlands have qualified for participation.
At the beginning of June, they visited the Lange manufactory in Glashütte, Saxony. After a tour of the workshops, the participants set to work themselves on the assembly of a three-quarter-plate and the engraving of a balance cock. Tours of the Glashütte Watch Museum and the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments in Dresden, sponsored by A. Lange & Söhne, rounded off the programme.
The task set in this year’s competition is the “construction of a second time-zone display on the basis of an ETA 6498 movement”. The submitted works will be reviewed by a jury of watch experts. The winner will be announced at the beginning of December. The prize money of 10,000 euros is earmarked for advanced studies in the field of watchmaking.