The best watchmaking schools have sent their best students to Dresden to compete in A. Lange & Söhne’s annual young talent competition. Eight watchmakers have been selected by Lange from over 30 watchmaking schools across the world for the final part of a multi-phase competition. The finalists will now have six months to design and build a regulator, using an ETA base movement. The assignment was chosen by Anthony de Hass, Lange’s Director of Product Development, who is encouraging out-of-the box thinking.
The participants are not bound to the historic predecessors but explicitly invited to freely interpret the assignment.
– Anthony de Haas, A. Lange & Söhne Director of Product Development
As stated above, specific to the Dresden Boutique edition is the “dust cover” caseback — also called a cuvette. Likely inspired by classic pocket watches, the cuvette is hinged at the 12:00 end of the dial and is engraved with a relief of the Dresden Frauenkirche, a well-known landmark. The Frauenkirche wasn’t selected from mere convenience, it was chosen since the Lange boutique in Dresden is actually adjacent to this landmark and Ferdinand Lange actually worked in Dresden before moving the brand’s facilities to Glashütte.The A. Lange & Sohne Pilot Watch Replica is powered with the grade L051.1, a hand-wound, time-only movement with a Nivarox balance spring, German silver primary plate and bridges, swan-neck regulator, and 55 hours of power reserve. As may be expected of Lange, the motion is completed into a superlative standard. The three-quarter plate is Geneva striped, the balance cock engraved, and there are of course plenty of trademark gold chatons held in place by blued screws. All the decoration is accomplished by hand.Like that the chronograph sibling, I have a soft spot for the 1815 time-only. The addition of the hinged cuvette isn’t radical, but is a great way to commemorate a landmark for the brand and its own boutique. With such a little run, I’m convinced the watches will locate a wrist (or safe) fairly quickly. For people who need something much more “particular,” nevertheless, the brand’s Handwerkskunst watches usually offer you some additional artistic decoration for among the brand’s existing versions.
Earlier this month, the students were invited to take part in a series of small courses in Dresden. They spent four days there and were shown around the Lange manufacture, taking part in several workshops and learning about some of the company’s polishing, engraving, and finishing techniques under the supervision of actual Lange watchmakers. They were in good hands, for sure, and returned home with a better understanding of what they’ll need to show if they want to win this year’s prize.
And the big prize for the winner? The F.A. Lange Scholarship & Watchmaking Excellence Award, which comes with €10,000 for the winner to continue his or her education in watchmaking. An expert jury will convene in November to look over the final entries, and the winner will be announced in December.
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