Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives Awarded to Raùl Pagès in Inaugural Edition

Louis Vuitton is thrilled to declare Raùl Pagès as the triumphant recipient of the inaugural Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives. The prestigious award ceremony took place on February 6, 2024, at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, attracting the presence of distinguished watchmaking authorities and enthusiasts from across the globe.

Initiated by Jean Arnault, Louis Vuitton’s Director of Watches, the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives serves as a platform to honor excellence and extraordinary craftsmanship in the realm of watchmaking. With the backing of La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, the Maison’s watch manufacture, this initiative recognizes independent watchmakers whose creations challenge conventions and redefine the boundaries of haute horlogerie.

The inaugural edition of the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives saw an impressive reception of nearly 1,000 submissions. An international committee of watch experts, comprising retailers, collectors, specialized journalists, artists, artisans, designers, and watch enthusiasts, rigorously assessed the entries based on five key criteria: Design & Aesthetics, Creativity & Audacity, Technical Innovation, Details & Finishings, and Complexity.

The five finalists underwent judgment by a jury consisting of five members of the Committee of experts, elected by their peers. Headed by Jury President Michael Tay, the group managing director of The Hour Glass, the panel included Carole Forestier-Kasapi, movements director at Tag Heuer; esteemed collector and author, Auro Montanari; Rexhep Rexhepi, independent Watchmaker and founder of Atelier Akrivia; and Jiaxian Su, an independent specialized watch journalist and founder of SJX Watches.

Raùl Pagès, the distinguished winner of the inaugural edition, was bestowed with a splendid silver trophy inspired by the spiral shape of the balance wheel – a crucial component ensuring a timepiece’s precision. Crafted in homage to the elevation of independent watchmaking, the trophy bore the winner’s name engraved by a master engraver from La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton. It was presented in an exquisitely handcrafted Monogram canvas Louis Vuitton trophy trunk from the Maison’s historic ateliers in Asnières.

As the recipient of the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize, Raùl Pagès is set to receive a grant and a one-year mentorship from a team of experts, including watchmakers, engineers, and artisans at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, aimed at facilitating the realization of their innovative watchmaking projects.

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