F. A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award 2015
For the sixth time now, A. Lange & Söhne has awarded an achievement prize to an up-and-coming watchmaker. For the second time in a row, the prize of 10,000 euros goes to Finland.
On 7 December, the founding day of Lange Uhren GmbH, the “F. A. Lange Watchmaking Excellence Award” for the year 2015 was presented in Dresden. Reima Koivukoski (23), a student of Kelloseppäkoulu – the Finnish School of Watchmaking – received the prize of 10,000 euros for his design of a calendar-week display that also emulates the axial tilt of the Earth. He accepted the prize from Lange CEO Wilhelm Schmid and company founder Walter Lange at an international press event in Dresden’s Albertinum gallery.
The assignment of this year’s competition was to create and craft a calendar-week display. Eight aspiring watchmakers from five countries qualified to compete for the prize. They spent a few days at the manufactory in May, during which they were acquainted with the assignment in detail.
A jury consisting of five experts assessed the entries at the end of November. In addition to company founder Walter Lange and Anthony de Haas, Director of Product Development at Lange, the jury members included specialised journalists Gisbert L. Brunner and Peter Braun as well as Peter Plassmeyer, the director of the Royal Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments in Dresden. The panel assessed the originality of the idea, its technical functionality, the quality of craftsmanship and aesthetical aspects.
Reima Koivukoski’s design impressed the jury for its creative approach, technical complexity and attention to detail, both in construction and high-quality workmanship. “His work reflects a style of his own, a sense of aesthetics and ergonomics as well as the courage to modify the architecture of the movement”, explained the jury in its statement. The fact that Koivukoski’s work displays the axial tilt of the Earth in relation to the Sun impressed the jury. This truly unique feature was inspired by Finland’s geographic position, which is characterised by the contrast between winter darkness and the white nights of summer.
About A. Lange & Söhne
Dresden watchmaker Ferdinand Adolph Lange laid the cornerstone of Saxony’s precision watchmaking industry when he established his manufactory in 1845. His precious pocket watches remain highly coveted among collectors all over the world. The company was expropriated after World War II, and the name A. Lange & Söhne nearly vanished. In 1990, Ferdinand Adolph Lange’s great-grandson Walter Lange had the courage to relaunch the brand. Today, Lange crafts only a few thousand wristwatches in gold or platinum per year. They are endowed exclusively with proprietary movements that are lavishly decorated and assembled by hand. With 51 manufacture calibres, A. Lange & Söhne has secured a top-tier position among the world’s finest watch brands in just over 20 years. Its greatest successes include innovative timepieces such as LANGE 1, the first regularly produced wristwatch with an outsize date, and ZEITWERK, with its precisely jumping numerals that deliver exemplary clarity. Both models have become icons of the tradition-steeped brand.
Arnd Einhorn, Director of Press and PR
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