F.P. Journe sup­ports AHCI’s ‘Young Tal­ents’

Revolution (Hong Kong) - - SPLIT SECONDS -

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

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