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Supporting the most talented young watchmakers in the world.

Our mission __

Since 2015, F.P.JOURNE's Young Talent Competition supports young watchmaking students and recent graduates to gain a foothold in the world of independent watchmaking.

It is organised with the support of The Hour Glass luxury watch retailer in the Asia Pacific region.

We know the challenges faced by any aspiring watchmaker and our goal is to reward talent, making it known across the world and put their work under the spotlight.

The winner will be invited to attend and present his/her creations at a press conference held at the F.P JOURNE Manufacture in Geneva during the Watches & Wonders Geneva Week. Additionally, the winner will win CHF 20’000 to purchase watchmaking tools or finance his/her horological project.

How to participate

  • Applicants must be over 18 and less than 30.
  • Having graduated before August 2019, self-taught applicants are also welcome.
  • Applicants meeting the previous requirements and who participated in previous editions but did not win with a new creation.
  • Applicants must have independently designed and created a timepiece and/or technical construction.
  • The winners will be rated using four criteria:

  • 1. Highest technical complexity.
  • 2. Most beautiful design and elaborate finishing.
  • 3. Most original concept.
  • 4. Quality of craftsmanship.


  • 10.04.2020 Application submission deadline.
  • 20.04.2020 Sending the candidates selection to the members of the Jury.
  • 30.04.2020 Selection of the winner by a distinguished panel of horological judges.
  • 05.05.2020 Communication of results to the winner.
  • DTBC Presentation of the winner at a press conference in Geneva.
  • Dates are subject to changes due to the COVID 19.

“It is not easy for youngsters to start. I was lucky to work at my uncle’s atelier when I was young and received the support of passionate horological actors. It is my turn to help them a little as I was helped at a young age.”

François-Paul JOURNE is the only three-time winner of the Aiguille d'Or grand prize from the Fondation du Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève and one of the most recognized high level watches manufactures in the world.


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by Tyler John Davies


In September 2017 we began our major final year project, we were set with the task to design and manufacture a mechanical clock with a visible escapement, added complications are left to the designer’s discretion.

Expanding on this, I included some of my own principles:

– The mechanism should be open and easily viewed
– The project should be specific and achievable
– I aim to make 90% of the components from raw material
– There may be use of both traditional and modern manufacturing techniques where suited.
– Traditional construction

I wanted the clock to be more than a timepiece, it needed to draw people in, be expressive and portray a message. The idea of balance was always in my thoughts, it was consistent across all aspects of the design, “the clock needed to be both functional and scientific, whilst remaining to be creative and artistic”. The whole journey could be described as a vibration, or a pull and push between each polarity until the ideal was found, this to me was a profound experience and taught me a lot about inspiration, how, when and where it comes through to us.


“An expression of the balance between two or more forces”
Inspired by our ultimate reality, this piece encompasses principles such as polarity, vibration and gender. The components were manufactured using a combination of traditional and modern manufacturing techniques. This mechanism utilises the laws of the universe, simultaneously reflecting its true nature and beauty in form.

Key challenges

The deadbeat escapement – I had lots of experience making the recoil escapement and I wanted to challenge myself so I opted for the deadbeat. I knew the deadbeat was more critical and less forgiving, it also required some tooling to be made, which did help guarantee its success.
The case – I designed the case on CAD and used a CNC router to cut out the components, first a prototype was done in MDF and then the finished piece in American Black walnut. The components were then jointed and finished by hand.

The Dial – The dial is a large chapter ring which encompasses the movement. It was proving quite difficult to find an engraver to do any work, never mind such a large piece and when I did, the cost was too high. In the end, I designed the dial on CAD and had it engraved using a gravograph, it was then roughly cut out and mounted to a face-plate on a lathe with large enough swing. The work was strapped up to ensure it didn’t rip out when turning the outer and inner diameter, after this the dial feet were riveted in place and then finally the dial was waxed and silvered.

Technical Characteristics:

– 8-Day weight driven wall clock
– Deadbeat escapement.
– Harrison maintaining power.
– Breakaway crutch.
– Beat setting adjustment.
– Invar pendulum rod with temperature compensation tube.

Dimensions: 585mm x 200mm x 200mm

Instagram: Tyler John Davies