Torsti Laine Wins 2014 Lange Outstanding Watchmaking Award

On October 24, 2014, the winner of the fifth Lange Outstanding Watchmaking Award was announced at the Lange International Press Conference. Torsti Laine, a student from the Finnish watchmaking school Kelloseppäkoulu, relied on a unique design. He took the 2014 Lange Award for Outstanding Watchmaking from the company’s founder Walter Lange and CEO Wilhelm Schmid, and received a prize of 10,000 euros. It should be noted that the 42-year-old computer expert has just started studying watchmaking in Finland a few years ago.

   The topic of this year’s competition is to design and produce a moon phase display watch that meets Lange’s high-precision pursuit. During 2014, Lange released two new moon phase display watches that simulate the moon’s trajectory in the most accurate way. Its moon phase device only needs to be adjusted for one day after 122.6 years and 1058 years.

   Lange invited famous watchmaking colleges from all over the world to participate in the competition, and a total of eight new watchmakers from seven countries were qualified. They visited the Lange watch factory together this summer, familiarizing themselves with Lange’s traditional watchmaking culture during the one-week study.

   A jury of five experts began to review each entry in October. In addition to the company’s founder Walter Lange and Lange’s director of product development Anthony de Haas, other judges included watch reporters Gisbert L. Brunner and Peter Braun, and Peter Plassmeyer, Director of the Dresden Museum of Mathematics and Physics. Originality and innovation are the primary principles of scoring, and technical performance, process quality and aesthetic value are also considered.

   Torsti Laine’s design has impressed all judges since the beginning. With just one button, this watch can adjust and display the corresponding moon phase anywhere in the world. What made the judges even more surprised was that the other side of this watch movement could also show the terrain on the moon. It is reported that Torsti Laine is an aerospace enthusiast. The design of this watch was inspired by the 1986 Apollo 8 manned round trip to the moon. In that plan, astronauts were able to observe the dark moon for the first time in space. surface.