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F.P. Journe




Supporting the most talented young watchmakers in the world.

Our mission __

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.

How to participate

  • Applicants must be over-18 and less than 30, watchmaking apprentices or have 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.
  • 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.


  • 10.03.2020 Application submission deadline.
  • 15.03.2020 Selection of the winners by a distinguished panel of horological judges.
  • 20.03.2020 Communication of results to the winners.
  • 26.04.2020 Presentation of winner at a press conference.

“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.


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by S. Schlette and P. Köhler