The Young Talent Competition
March 2015–March 2016
In a world where luxury is increasingly mass-produced, our mission is to help extraordinary artists who, on their own, are reinventing the future of watchmaking. The AHCI and F.P. Journe launched the Young Talent Competition to offer watchmaking apprentices the opportunity to demonstrate their skills by entering this global contest. Thirty-five exceptional AHCI watchmakers from 11 countries will assess the creations submitted by young watchmakers from around the world and select the best.
The winners will be presented at Baselworld 2016, win prize money to invest in watchmaking tools, and have the privilege of exhibiting at AHCI booth.
What is the purpose?
The aim of the competition is to help raise the next generation of young independent watchmakers by identifying the most talented creations and publicly recognizing their achievements.
What is the reward?
The winners will be invited to attend Baselworld 2016 and be presented at a press conference on March 17. Additionally, the winners will win prize money that they can exchange for watchmaking tools. Finally, the winners will get the opportunity to exhibit their timepieces at the AHCI booth for the whole world to admire.
Who can participate?
Applicants must be over 18, watchmaking apprentices, or have graduated after August 2014.
What needs to be submitted?
Applicants must have independently designed and created a timepiece and/or technical construction.
- Submit pictures and/or videos of the time piece or technical construction to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Include a short description of the characteristics of the timepiece or technical construction.
Prize categories and key dates
Prize categories and criteria
- Prizes will go to the winners of each of the following categories:
- Highest technical complexity
- Most beautiful design and elaborate finishing
- Most original concept
- Best overall construction (a combination assessment of all previous categories)
- The winners will be voted by a panel of 35 AHCI members from 11 countries, the media, and public.
What are the key dates?
3-19-2015 Competition launch date
12-31-2015 Application deadline
1-3-2016 Selection of 10 finalists by AHCI members
2-1—2-15-2016 Voting by AHCI members, media, and public
2-15-2016 Selection of winners based on voting
3-17-2016 Presentation of winners at Baselworld 2016
About the AHCI and F.P. Journe
The AHCI (Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants) is a nonprofit association with the mission to perpetuate the art of independent watch and clockmaking. We accomplish this mission by:
- Promoting the unique character of handmade timepieces;
- Attracting the world’s most creative independent watchmakers;
- Supporting young watchmakers build independent businesses via the Young Talents Competition.
For over 30 years François-Paul Journe has been faithfully dedicated to creating authentic high horology timepieces. His innovations such as the Chronomètre à Résonance, the Tourbillon Souverain, or the Sonnerie Souveraine, have won him numerous horological awards. His independent F.P.Journe Manufacture has become a brand of reference among the respected horological firms. Less than 900 exclusive mechanical watches, with an 18-karat rose gold movement, one of the brand’s signature, are produced each year in this universe where haute horology and the fine arts become one. Engraved with the Invenit et Fecit motto, they are the guarantee of an authentic Manufacture caliber.