Louis Vuitton has announced the winner of its first-ever Watch Prize for Independent Creatives, an initiative brought in to celebrate the creative talent and innovation of some of the world’s most promising watchmakers.
The highly coveted prize saw over 1,000 submissions from a highly talented international pool of designers. The winner of this year’s competition, and subsequently the first to receive the award, is independent Swiss watchmaker Raúl Pagès.
For more than 15 years, Pagès has been working on the restoration of horological masterpieces from the most prestigious collections in the world. He became a member of the Académie Horlogère des Créateurs Indépendants in 2017, an association founded with the mission to perpetuate the art of independent watch and clock making.
Following the awards, Louis Vuitton shared the following statement on social media: “Louis Vuitton Watch Prize 2023-2024 Ceremony. Congratulations to Raúl Pagès on winning the Prize’s first edition with the RP1 – Régulateur à détente. The Maison commends all of the independent creatives that took part in this incredible journey and applauds the final five candidates for their talent and commitment throughout the contest.”
As well as the trophy, Pagès will receive a cash prize of €150,000 and a mentorship by a dedicated team of watchmakers, engineers and craftsmen at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, the House’s watchmaking factory in Meyrin, Switzerland. As part of the award, a bespoke Louis Vuitton trunk was made to house the handcrafted trophy, symbolic of the heritage of the Louis Vuitton Maison, and the festivities were finalised with a closing ceremony and musical performance from French pianist Sofiane Pamart.
The launch of the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives prize aligns with LVMH’s expanding watches and jewellery line, which spans the high jewellery and watchmaking sector for its luxury fashion houses and watch brands.
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