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F.P. Journe




Supporting the most talented young watchmakers in the world.

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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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The Horizon Clock

by Rosie Kirk

Clock with triple axis tourbillon

by Anton Sukhanov

Without name

by Tristan Ledard

"The Horizon Clock"

The Horizon Clock is a circular wall clock, supported by a wooden bracket. It has a single hand to indicate the time which rotates once a day around a 24-hour dial with engraved and waxed Roman numerals, half hour and quarter hour markers. A cut out centre allows the viewer a glimpse into the mechanism which gears down to two wheels connected to the large wooden cams on the front. These laser-cut cams slowly rotate controlling the rise and fall of the blued arms which indicate sunrise and sunset times throughout the year, whilst the round, sunburst pointer of the hand represents the sun’s path across the sky and the setting below the horizon at night.

With a day rotating hand, year rotating cams and slow pendulum, together with lack of markings only allowing an approximate idea of the time, this clock reflects on the idea that time is intrinsically linked with the steady paths of the Earth and the Sun.

In July this year I graduated from Birmingham City University’s Horology degree with a 1st class honours as well as completing the BHI’s Diploma in the Repair, Restoration and Conservation of Clocks/Watches. I specialised in clocks rather than watches so I hope this is not a problem.
I started studying Horology in September 2012 in Birmingham, UK and I am currently 26 years old.

Design Context:

The final design came after hearing about the ‘Swahili Clock’ and researching Swahili time. In Kenya, Uganda and surrounding countries close to the Equator, the sun rises and sets at the same time every day. It is logical therefore, that the day starts when the sun rises and this idea is the basis for Swahili time, where one o’clock is one hour after sunrise. The sunrise in the Swahili speaking world is so consistent that you can set your clock by it – so people do. Above and below the equator, the sunrise and sunset is forever changing, leading to those living in these countries to adapt a different system. The day in a modern western country starts half way through the night, no matter what time of year. . the western way of telling the time has become so universal that it is accepted as the only way of telling the time however, there are countless other ways that time has been told throughout the world and throughout history and they are often linked to nature in a similar way as Swahili time is. Western time can be seen to be unnatural and a linear practice contrary to the way that time actually is, and so when I heard of the Swahili clock and its practical telling of the time through engagement with the surroundings, I was intrigued. After further research, I was able to recognise the idea that western time is but a small part of the history of timekeeping and that only 150 years ago, when there was talk of changing to a universal time across the globe, it was declared that: ‘The sun is the national clock. No other clock can supersede it, as it is the one ordained by nature to regulate man’s life’.

Not only along the equator was the sunrise and sunset used as a marker for the beginning of the day, but also in countries where the length of the days varied. The Babylonians started the hours with the rise of the sun and ‘Old Czech time’ or ‘Italian time’ began at the end of dusk or half an hour after sunset, giving workers an indication of how long they had before there was no light to work from. Here in England, up until the invention of clocks had established itself around the country, people divided the sunlight hours by 12, meaning that an hour in the winter could be as little as 40 minutes and as long as 1 hour 25 minutes. In all cases, telling the time was completely reliant on the positioning of the sun in the sky and so when I decided to make a clock, I wanted a way to portray these concepts. Although we can tell the time to amazing accuracies, essentially time is where we are in the cycle of the Earth around the Sun, the Earth’s rotation on its axis and the Moon around the Earth. With my clock I aimed to regain what has been lost by removing the severe accuracies of modern timekeeping, and reconnecting with the cycle of the Earth’s rotation and the cycle of the seasons.

(length, width, height) and weight.
Dial: 25cm diameter, pendulum: 1m20, weight: approximately 10kg.

"Clock with triple axis tourbillon"

Clock have 5 windows (four sides and the top). Through each of this window you can see the balance. All windows coincide with the geometrical center of the 3-axial-tourbillon.
The winding of the clock and adjustment of time will happen with the help of the same opening with a different keys.

Functions: hours, minutes, seconds

Movement: frequency 18000 vibrations per hour, anchor escapement, triple axis tourbillon (inner tourbillion cage turns around in 71.25 seconds, middle tourbillion cage turns around in 114 seconds, outer tourbillion cage turns around in 180 seconds), 21 jewels, 8 days power reserve, winding stop device in the shape of Maltese cross, tourbillion cages made of titanium, plates and other bridges made of nickel-plated brass

DIMENSIONES: 100 mm x 170 mm x 82 mm and 2 kg

"Without name"

Une roue faisant un tour par an supporte une came d’équation du temps. Un palpeur vertical est en contact permanent avec la came (grâce à la gravité. Sur une montre un simple ressort serait en mesure de garantir un contact permanent sur la came).

Ce palpeur comporte une cavité et des goupilles et engrène avec un pignon de 10 ailes. Ce pignon est solidaire d’une roue de 30 dents. Cette dernière engrène avec une crémaillère à denture horlogère.

L’écart entre les extrêmes de la came n’étant que de 10 mm l’affichage sur le cadran aurait été trop petit pour afficher 30 graduations. Avec le nouveau rapport multiplicateur, la course de la crémaillère horizontale est de 30 mm.

Tout a été fabriqué avec un Schaublin 102 et une pointeuse Hauser M1.

Dimensiones: 45cm-45cm-45cm and it weighs 2kg