Supporting the most talented young watchmakers in the world.
F.P.Journe's Young Talent Competition supports young watchmaking students and recent graduates to gain a foothold in the world of independent watchmaking.
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 winners was presented at the SIHH at a press conference and given the opportunity to showcase their creations to the world.
The winner will be invited to attend and present its creations at a press conference held at the the F.P. Journe Manufacture in Geneva during the SIHH week. Additionally, the winners will win CHF 20’000 to purchase watchmaking tools or finance their horological project.
“It is not easy for youngsters to start. I was lucky to work at my uncle’s atelier. That is why we help them a little.”
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.
FIRST AND ONLY 3 TIMES WINNER “AGUILLE d’OR”
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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.
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.
– 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