Thank you for agreeing to judge the nominees for the GEM Award for Watch Design. The three nominees have filled out a questionnaire and their answers and work as submitted are featured below. The nominees are listed in alphabetical order and include:


All nominees will be judged for their body of work from January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016.

Criteria for GEM Award for Watch Design
To a brand, for excellence in watch design and manufacturing. Those eligible are brands/companies who have an extraordinary design aesthetic and/or significant technological advancements. The watches shape the future of watch design and manufacturing. The brand/company may be either well-established or emerging in the watch industry.


A. Lange & Söhne



Website

www.alange-soehne.com

Social Media Brand Pages

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Accolades received


  1. Timezone 2016
    Category: Watch of the Year Award 2015
    Position: 1st
    For: ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER
    Country: International

  2. Watchstars Awards 2016 
    Category: Technical Stars 2015
    Position: 1st 
    For: ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER
    Country: Germany 

  3. Armbanduhren Special Price 2016
    Category: Special Price of the Jury
    Position: 1st 
    For: WALTER LANGE
    Country: Germany 

  4. GERMAN DESIGN AWARD
    Category: Luxury Goods
    Position: 1st 
    For: Lange 1 Redesign in 2016 
    Country: Germany 

  5. Zegarek Roku 2016 (Watch of the Year)
    Category: Complications
    Position: 1st
    For: Datograph Perpetual Tourbillon
    Country: Poland

How your extraordinary design aesthetic and watch craftsmanship shapes the future of design

On October 24th, 1994, the world of fine watchmaking witnessed a remarkable shift: A uniquely designed timepiece drew attention to the small town of Glashütte in Saxony (formerly East Germany). Four years earlier, just a few weeks after the German reunification, A. Lange & Söhne became the first watch brand to reestablish a production site in the once-famous center of German watchmaking. The company was particularly well-suited to do so, as the Lange-family, led by charismatic watchmaking pioneer Ferdinand Adolph Lange, had already conceptualized and executed exceptional pocket watches and timepieces in the 19th century.

The newly revealed LANGE 1 was committed to the traditions of Saxon watchmaking and simultaneously broke away from the expected. New elements included a decentralized dial layout, the first outsize date in a serial wristwatch and a hand-crafted movement finished in a way that was previously only known from the best Swiss brands adhering to the Geneva seal. With the introduction of its most iconic model, A. Lange & Söhne laid the foundation for a new style of Saxon watchmaking.

The uncompromising quality of each and every timepiece separates A. Lange & Söhne from many other watchmakers around the globe. A. Lange & Söhne does not distinguish between a sophisticated complication and a classic three-hand watch in terms of precision and dedication to detail. Every Lange timepiece is endowed with an in-house designed manufactory caliber and equipped with a precious case made of gold or platinum.

Furthermore, every movement is treated with the same attention to detail, from the traditional finishing techniques applied to all watch parts to strict accuracy requirements. Its most important quality criteria include the three-quarter plate of untreated German silver, the classic screw balance, the whiplash precision index adjuster and the gold chatons secured by thermally blued screws. Ultimately, the hand- engraved balance cock is the artisanal fingerprint that makes each Lange watch one of a kind. Combined, all components create the desired harmonious overall image and result in an unmistakable style.

A distinctive product design characterized by high recognition value and recurrent elements is Lange’s formula to success. By following these guidelines, the manufactory has developed a modern, yet classic language of design that continues to develop and renew itself. Even without the arched logo, a simple two-hand watch like the elegant SAXONIA THIN could easily be identified as an A. Lange & Söhne. This is made apparent by the combination of subtle features like the curved outline of the lugs, the sleek lancet hands or the shape of the appliques. Every detail is a nod to Lange’s remarkable mastery of design and movement quality.

Throughout the years, Lange has shaped five highly profiled watch families that represent different facets of the brand heritage and ideology. While the LANGE 1, for example, is the all-time classic, the ZEITWERK embodies the highly technical and innovative know-how of the German watchmaker. Launched in 2009, the ZEITWERK is the first mechanical wristwatch with a truly eloquent jumping numeral display.

Recent innovations in product and caliber design prove that self-imposed restrictions are no limit to creativity. With its luminous moon-phase display and outsize date under a semi-transparent sapphire- crystal dial, the new GRAND LANGE 1 MOON PHASE “Lumen” makes a bold statement. The standout from this year’s SIHH debuts, the DATOGRAPH PERPETUAL TOURBILLON, combines three high-end complications in a clear-cut design that assures optimal readability. The enhancements of the ZEITWERK series – resonant masterpieces by the name of ZEITWERK STRIKING TIME and ZEITWERK MINUTE REPEATER – visibly integrate parts of the striking mechanism into the dial layout. These examples demonstrate how technical progress inspires new ideas and give an indication of the company’s future design direction. A. Lange & Söhne will stay true to its signature design language, while exploring new avenues for its advancement.



Jaeger-LeCoultre



Website

www.jaeger-lecoultre.com

Social Media Brand Pages

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Accolades received


  • July 2016 - Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon awarded Best Complication Watch by Robb Report Russia
    View the article here.

How your extraordinary design aesthetic and watch craftsmanship shapes the future of design


Our Hybris Artistica Collection, presented in 2014, undoubtedly expresses the horological and design mastery of the Manufacture. The twelve creations reflect the unique spirit of creativity and innovation that has nurtured our rich watchmaking history since 1833.  Through daring materials and strong aesthetic choices, Jaeger-LeCoultre drew upon the talents of its artisans, designers, engineers, watchmakers who, all together, eluded technical traps and constraints. By pushing back its creative boundaries, the Manufacture transcended its most iconic timepieces – Reverso, Duomètre, Master Grande Tradition, Rendez-Vous and Atmos - and its greatest complications, such as the Gyrotourbillon and Spherotourbillon – that have been imagined as true functional “haute couture” pieces. From the most precious and unexpected materials to the most traditional yet innovative in-house techniques of gemsetting, engraving and enamelling of the Manufacture, the Hybris Mechanica Collection raises to a unique level of excellence  of which only Jaeger-LeCoultre is capable.



Patek Philippe



Website

www.patek.com

How your extraordinary design aesthetic and watch craftsmanship shapes the future of design


For over 177 years without interruption, Patek Philippe has been perpetuating the tradition of Genevan fine watchmaking. Patek is the last family-owned independent watch manufacturer in Geneva. Thanks to its exceptional know-how, Patek Philippe maintains a tradition of innovation hailed by an impressive repertoire of more than 100 patents. Advanced Technology within our Research and Development department has always been a top priority for the brand, with prominent innovations throughout the years such as our use of Silinvar (a silicon derivative) used in our patented Spiromax balance spring, Pulsomax escapement, and Gyromax. Additionally, hand-finishing of all Patek Philippe movements from the most basic to most complicated timepiece is of the utmost importance.

As the guardian of ancestral Genevan traditions, Patek Philippe is dedicated to the preservation of artisinal skills with engraving, enameling, and marquetry that have been in horology for over four centuries.

In 2009, Patek launched its proprietary label for mechanical timepieces. The Patek Philippe Seal attests to the strictest of standards and quality for its timepieces, far above official standards of the Geneva Seal, by integrating all competencies and features of relevance in manufacturing, precision and lifelong maintenance.
The Ref. 6300 is the most complicated wristwatch in the current Patek Philippe collection. A double-faced watch, it features 20 complications in its 1,366 - part movement. Five strikework functions: Grande and Petite Sonnerie, Minute Repeater, innovative patented date repeater and alarm with time strike, mean solar time,2nd time zone, susidiary alarm time dial, instantaneous perpetual analog date, moon phases, various function displays, full instantaneous perpetual calendar with date, day, month, leap-year cycle and four-digit year display (synchronized with leap-year display), 24-hour subsidiary dial for mean solar time. The patented reversing mechanism integrated in the lugs allows the case to be easily turned, so the watch can be worn with either dial facing up.
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