F.P. Journe supports AHCI’s ‘Young Talents’
Since 1985, the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI) has been promoting the uniqueness of timepieces made entirely by hand, and supporting independent watchmakers and craftsmen through various programs. One such effort is the “Young Talent Competition,” where the AHCI provides apprentices and young watchmakers with a platform in which to showcase their talent and skill through unique creations.
This year’s competition was open to 47 international watchmaking schools in 14 countries, and sponsored by François-Paul Journe, himself an independent watchmaker and a member of the AHCI since 1987. The entries were evaluated by 33 watchmakers – all AHCI members – and rated on their technical merit, complexity, design and aesthetics. At a ceremony held last March, the following were named 2015’s “Young Talents”: Alexandre Götze, for his retrograde minute indicator on a 98200 movement with an hour counter mechanism from an IWC caliber 98300; Kristian Myren for his Monsters from the Id, an animated clock inspired by a kinetic sculpture by artist Bob Potts; and Sebastian Schlette and Pontus Köhler, for their construction of a tourbillon model using a mechanism of a mechanical alarm clock and a scrap clock movement.
The winners received a diploma and a CHF 3,000 grant from Bergeon SA, which they can use to acquire watchmaking tools. The creations were presented at the AHCI booth alongside other renowned members of the Academy, and will be part of the pieces AHCI will be exhibiting in various international shows throughout the year.
CLOCKWISE FROM TOP François-Paul Journe joins other members of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants (AHCI); This year’s winners of the Young Talent Competition, Pontus Köhler, Sebastian Schlette, Kristian Myren and Alexandre Götze; François-Paul Journe delivers a speech at the awards ceremony