Young Talent Competition

Supporting the most talented young watchmakers in the world.

Our mission

winnerSince 2015, F.P.JOURNE's Young Talent Competition supports young watchmaking students and recent graduates to gain a foothold in the world of independent watchmaking.

It is organized with the support of The Hour Glass, luxury watch retailer in the Asia Pacific region.

We know the challenges faced by any aspiring watchmaker and our goal is to reward talent, making it known across the world and put their work under the spotlight.

 The winner will be presented to the international press at the end of April 2021*. Additionally, the winner will win CHF 20’000.- to purchase watchmaking tools or finance his/her horological project.

How to participate?

  • Applicants must be over 18 and less than 30
  • Be watchmaking apprentice or have already graduated  
  • Self-taught applicants are also welcome
  • Applicants must have independently designed and created a timepiece and/or technical construction
  • Applicants meeting the previous requirements and who participated in previous editions but did not win, are allowed to submit a new creation (one creation per year)

The winners will be rated using 4 criteria:

  1. Most original concept
  2. Highest technical complexity
  3. Most beautiful design and elaborate finishing
  4. Quality of craftsmanship

What to submit?

  • Fill-in the participation form in clicking on the SUBMIT button below
  • Submit pictures of the timepiece or technical construction
  • Include a detailed description, the technical characteristics and dimensions of the timepiece or technical construction

Dates 2021

  • 18.12.2020   Launch of the competition 2021
  • 19.03.2021   Application submission deadline
  • 22.03.2021   Sending the candidates selection to the members of the Jury
  • 01.04.2021   Selection of the winner by a distinguished panel of horological judges
  • 05.04.2021   Communication of the result to the winner
  • 30.04.2021   Announcement of the winner of the Young Talent Competition 2021*

The Jury 

  • François-Paul Journe, Watchmaker constructor  
  • Philippe Dufour, Watchmaker constructor 
  • Andreas Strehler, Watchmaker constructor 
  • Giulio Papi, Watchmaker constructor 
  • Marc Jenni, Watchmaker constructor 
  • Michael Tay, The Hour Glass Singapore
  • Elizabeth Doerr, Watch Journalist


The winner of the Young Talent Competition will enjoy the following:

  • Presentation of the winner to the international press at the end of April 2021*
  • Receive a grant for CHF 20’000.- from The Hour Glass and F.P.Journe to invest in watchmaking tools or finance an horological project
  • Receive a diploma signed by François-Paul Journe and members of the Jury

* The date of the awarding is subject to changes due to the COVID 19 regulations

The registration for the Young Talent Competition 2021 is now closed. We thank all the candidates for their participation.

“It is not easy for youngsters to start. I was lucky to work at my uncle’s atelier when I was young and received the support of passionate horological actors. It is my turn to help them a little as I was helped at a young age.”

François-Paul Journe is the only three-time winner of the Aiguille d'Or grand prize from the Fondation du Grand Prix d'Horlogerie de Genève and one of the most recognized independent haute horology watch constructor in the world.


Past Winners

Norifumi Seki

Age 23 - Tokyo - Japan

For his pocket watch Spherical moon and drum calendar 


Project_ At my watchmaking school, I attended a course where applicants can make their own watch over a year and I chose to make this watch as a graduation production. I wanted to make this specific complication because I thought it would be interesting to make a watch with a large moon phase for an increased visibility. Since the disk type that is usually used has a large design limitation, I decided to display it as a sphere in order to be more visible. 

Challenges_ The problem I was facing was that the vertical calendar display did not work as expected but the moon display worked smoothly. I also had a hard time redesigning and manufacturing the balance wheel. I am still working on improving the quick jump of the calendar. Made entirely of titanium, the moon phase is 20 mm in diameter and set via a recessed pusher in the case band. A third of the sphere is blue heated, while the other two thirds are coated in gold.

Shown in two large windows, each containing two drums for the digits, the calendar is a simple one, with the month in the left window and date on the right; both can be set via the crown. Because the calendar display relies on drums, rather than discs, it is driven by gears perpendicular to the plane of the movement.

Building the movement_ The movement is a mix of parts made from scratch as well as components from tried-and-test calibres. Amongst the parts I made are the base plate, bridges, and mechanisms for the calendar and moon phase. Most of going train, from mainspring to fourth wheel, are taken from the Valjoux 7750, long a favorite base movement for complications because of its robustness and reliable energy delivery. However, the escapement is from the Peseux 7040 because I wanted to run the movement at 3Hz instead of 4Hz to make the balance wheel larger. I then produced the four-armed balance wheel and paired it with a hairspring from the 7750. As a result, the balance bridge still retains the Etachron regulator index of the 7750. The movement is coated in 18K yellow gold, and finished with perlage and Côtes de Genève. Both the balance bridge and escape wheel cock are hand engraved. I also produced all of the external components of the watch. Though it appears to be engine turned, the dial was actually engraved on a lathe, as I did not have access to a rose engine. But the dial colour was achieved the traditional way, having been silver plated using diluted sulfuric acid. The hands were also made from scratch with a combination of heatblued steel and golden brass.

Technical specifications_ 

Case: 18K yellow golden brass

Width: 4.7 cm

Height: 2.3 cm

Length: 6.3 cm

Total weight: 140 grams.

Crown and bow also in 18K yellow golden brass.

Movement: coated in 18K yellow gold, with perlage and Côtes de Genève decorations, balance bridge and escape wheel cock hand engraved.

Dial: engraved guilloche silver plated.

Moon: 20 mm diameter in titanium partly golden.

Hands: heated blued steel and golden brass. 

Tyler John Davies 

Age 27 - Birmingham - England

For his clock Equilibrium “An expression of the balance between two or more forces”

Charles Routhier

Age 24 - Morteau - France 

For his wristwatch Halley


Rémy Cools

Age 20 - Morteau - France 

For his clock Mechanica Tempus Pendulette Tourbillon


Théo Auffrey

Age 22 - Boudry - Switzerland

For his regulator chronometer Tourbillon à Paris

Tristan Ledard 

Age 23 - Paris - France 

For his Clock with Linear Equation of Time


Anna-Rose Kirk 

Age 27 - Birmingham - England

For The Horizon Clock


Anton Suhanov 

Age 33 - Moscow - Russia

For his Clock with Triple Axis Tourbillon 

Sebastian Schlette & Pontus Köhler 

Motala - Sweden

For their clock Tourbillon Model


Kristian Myren

Ringsted - Danemark 

For his clock Monsters from the Id


Alexandre Götze 

Kreuzlingen - Switzerland

For his Retrograde Minute Indicator