Lange once again presented the International Young Watchmaker Award. This year’s € 10,000 prize was won by Austrian participants. Lange held the award ceremony of the 4th Lange Watchmaking Contest on December 5, 2013. This event emphasizes the importance of nurturing a new generation of precision watchmakers. Vienna entrant Paul Wudy (23) from the Technical School of Karlstein in Austria received a prize of 10,000 euros for his second time zone display. The young watchmaker received the award from Walter Lange, founder of contemporary Lange brand, and Wilhelm Schmid, president of Lange, at a press conference in Glashütte.
Lange invited famous watchmaking colleges from all over the world to participate in the competition. In the end, eight new watchmakers from Germany, Austria, Japan, Denmark, Finland, France and the Netherlands were qualified. They visited the Lange watch factory together this summer, familiarizing themselves with Lange’s traditional watchmaking culture during the one-week study. On the last day of the event, the contestants accepted the competition task. Each of them should design and produce a fully functioning second time zone display device based on the ETA 6498 movement within five months. A jury of five experts began reviewing each entry in November. In addition to Walter Lange and Anthony de Haas, Lange Product Development Director, other judges include watch reporters Gisbert L. Brunner and Peter Braun, and Peter Plaßmeyer, director of the Mathematical Physics Salon in Dresden. Uniqueness and innovation are the primary scoring criteria. The technical performance, workmanship and aesthetic elements of the work are also important criteria.
Overview of entries in 2013
In Yun Yun’s work, the four-handed device designed by Paul Hudi can show the difference between 30 minutes and 15 minutes between the two time zones, which impressed the jury. Experts especially appreciate that the table is clear and easy to read, and simple and practical.
Paul Huddy (right) received awards from Lange President Wilhelm Schmid (center) and company founder Walter Lange (left).