The ninth edition of the competition hosted by A. Lange & Söhne which documents the creative potential of talented young watchmakers concluded recently voting in favour of the “Ostinato” repetition watch crafted by Otto Peltola, a 22-year-old student of the watchmaking school in Espoo, Finland.
The challenge to build a watch with an acoustic indication received eight entries. The prize of 10,000 euro was won by Otto Peltola for his project, the “Ostinato” repetition watch.
Eight talented watchmakers from Germany, Finland, France, Japan, the Netherlands and Switzerland, each nominated by their schools, were given half a year to complete the task. In late November 2018, the four-person jury convened to analyse and assess the submitted entries. In addition to Anthony de Haas, head of product development at Lange, the jury members were journalists Gisbert L. Brunner and Peter Braun as well as Dr Peter Plassmeyer, the director of the Cabinet of Mathematical and Physical Instruments in Dresden.
With his “Ostinato” repetition watch that sounds quarter-hour intervals with different sequences of tones, Otto Peltola from The Finnish School of Watchmaking in Espoo was chosen as the winner in all four competition categories. His movement stood out with originality, functionality, artisanal quality and aesthetics. The perfectly executed acoustic time indication was particularly impressive. Its reverberant and very melodic tone sequences are struck on six gongs. The innovative construction of the strike work reflects the young watchmaker’s background in a family of musicians.
In the world of music, “Ostinato” is the designation for a continually repeated musical phrase or rhythm. The jury experienced inspiring moments and praised the creative level of all eight projects. It was better overall than in prior years. Solid ideas were presented, but also exciting and unexpectedly new ones that had not been anticipated given the complex assignment.
The entry of Linda Holzwarth from the German Goldsmithing and Watchmaking School in Pforzheim featured an acoustic power-reserve indication with a differential gearing of her own design. Her watch was compelling mainly with a sleek idea that was perfectly and completely implemented. Decorative elements such as a customised rack and a hand-guilloched dial were further highlights. The acoustic temperature-difference display created by Yutaro Iizuka, a student of the Watchmaker Department at the Hiko Mizuno College of Jewellery in Tokyo, elicited enthusiasm as well. His idea was inspired by a historic role model and relies on the bimetallic strip principle. The watch reflects strong ties with Japanese culture and underwent massive changes to its basic movement. The strike work features a peripheral ring crafted from indigenous Japanese rock that is struck by a hammer.