Lange again presents the International Young Watchmaker Award
This year’s € 10,000 prize was won by Austrian contestants
Lange held the award ceremony of the 4th Lange Watchmaking Contest on December 5, 2013. This event emphasizes the importance of nurturing a new generation of precision watchmakers. Vienna entrant Paul Wudy (23) from the Technical School of Karlstein in Austria received a prize of 10,000 euros for his second time zone display. The young watchmaker took the award from Walter Lange, founder of contemporary Lange brand, and Wilhelm Schmid, president of Lange, at a press conference in Glashütte.
Paul Houdi (right) receives awards from Lange President Wilhelm Schmid (center) and company founder Walter Lange (left).
Lange invited famous watchmaking colleges from all over the world to participate in the competition. In the end, eight new watchmakers from Germany, Austria, Japan, Denmark, Finland, France and the Netherlands were qualified. They visited the Lange watch factory together this summer, familiarizing themselves with Lange’s traditional watchmaking culture during the one-week study. On the last day of the event, the contestants accepted the competition task. Each of them should design and produce a fully functioning second time zone display device based on the ETA 6498 movement within five months.
Among the entries, the four-pointer device designed by Paul Hudi can show a 30 minute to 15 minute difference between the two time zones, which impressed the jury. Experts especially appreciate that the table is clear and easy to read, and simple and practical.
Paul Hudy’s 2013 entries
A jury of five experts began reviewing each entry in November. In addition to Anthony de Haas, Walter Lange and Lange Product Development Director, other judges include watch reporters Gisbert L. Brunner and Peter Braun, and Peter Plaßmeyer, director of the Dresden Mathematical Physics Salon. Uniqueness and innovation are the primary scoring criteria. The technical performance, workmanship and aesthetic elements of the work are also important criteria.