Eight trainee watchmakers from around the world have visited Dresden to learn which challenge faces them in the seventh F. A. Lange Scholarship & Watchmaking Excellence Award.
The watchmakers came from Japan, the US, Sweden, Finland, France and Germany when they visited Dresden and Glashütte for four days in May to discover which task faced them in the competition, which has a first prize of 10,000 Euro.
Anthony de Haas, product development director at A. Lange & Söhne, delivered the brief of creating a complete calendar with hours, minutes, date and day of the week as well as month and moon-phase displays. The watchmakers must base their design around an ETA Unitas 6498-1 movement and complete the task within six months, after which time a winner will be decided by a panel.
The international contest was first launched in 2010 in commemoration of Ferdinand Adolph Lange, founder of Saxon precision watchmaking.