Exhibitors at Switzerland’s biggest micro-manufacturing trade show have honoured a Swiss watchmaking firm for a modular complication system that offers an ‘infinite’ number of options.
The Modularium system, produced by Jura-based AJS Production SA, won the highest number of votes among the 881 exhibitors to win the Exhibitors’ Grand Prix 2016 at the Salon EPHJ-EPMT-SMT, which closes at Geneva’s Palexpo today.
The company, managed by André and Anthony Saunier, developed an additional, adaptable plate mounted on mechanical movements which offers both modular complication and positioning options.
Reminiscent of a planetary system, AJS Production SA has established the centre as a distribution point for complications, placed on several concentric circles. Each of these has been designed to be compatible with this modular architecture. The Modularium offers limitless possibilities with regard to the dial design, in order to ‘break away from what is usually offered by traditional watchmakers’.
The jury at Salon EPHJ-EPMT-SMT also decided to award a Special Jury prize to the Haute Ecole Arc Ingénierie in Neuchâtel for its innovative development of the Micro 5, a 5-axis CNC machine that occupies five times less floor space and consumes ten times less energy, without any loss of machining quality.
Developed by Professor Claude Jeannerat and his team, the Micro 5 ‘allows for a machine that is better adapted to the size of the parts that it manufactures, in particular for watch cases’.