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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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