On December 6, 2012, Lange presented the 2012 Ferdinando Adolf Lange Award for Outstanding Watchmaking. This award has been held for the third time and it is the first time this award has appeared. Double runner-up. Bennie R.L. Hernandez (age 24) from Texas and Daniel Neugebauer (age 29) from Munich each received a prize of 5,000 euros for their calendar devices. Company founders Walter Langer and Langer Chief Executive Wilhelm Schmid presented the two young watchmakers at a media event in Dresden.
Of the 36 watchmaking colleges invited to participate in the competition worldwide, eight young watchmakers from Germany, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, the United States and the Netherlands stood out and qualified to participate in the competition. In the last summer, they The Lange Watchmaking Institute recognized the design and craftsmanship of this Saxony watch factory. On the last day, the conference announced the tasks of the competition. The participants had four months to design and manufacture based on an ETA6498 movement. A calendar display.
Winning entries: Flyback calendar by Daniel Neugebauer (top) and rotating calendar by Bennie R.L.Hernandez (bottom)
Seven contestants submitted their works to five judges in November. In addition to Walter Lange and Anthony de Haas, Lange Product Development Director, the jury also included watch reporters Gisbert L. Brunner and Peter Braun, and Peter Plassmeyer, director of the Mathematical and Logistics Exhibition Hall in Dresden. The criteria for evaluating works are the innovative and original, functional, technical quality, craftsmanship and artistic performance of the work’s conception.
Since there were no clear winners in all the criteria, the jury decided to double the runners-up to the two competitors whose originality in design and the pursuit of detail were relatively outstanding.
List of all entries
Langer CEO Wilhelm Schmid (first from left) and company founder Walter Langer (first from right) present awards to Daniel Neugebauer (next to Wilhelm Schmid) and Bennie RL Hernandez (next to Walter Lange)- **