LOUIS VUITTON WATCH PRIZE FOR INDEPENDENT CREATIVES: RAÚL PAGÈS, WINNER OF ITS INAUGURAL EDITION
The prestigious biennial award recognizes innovation, audacity and savoir-faire to promote and support independent watchmaking.
Louis Vuitton is pleased to announce Raúl Pagès as the winner of the first edition of the Louis Vuitton WatchPrize for Independent Creatives. The award was presented on February 6th, 2024, during a ceremony and cocktail reception attended by many of the world’s leading watchmaking experts and enthusiasts at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, the event also featured a live performance by the French musical artist Sofiane Pamart.
About Raúl Pagès
Based in a small village in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Raúl Pagès learned his trade as a restorer of watchmaking masterpieces before becoming an independent watchmaker in 2012. Today, he creates about four timepieces a year, crafting them entirely by hand, from design and development of the mechanism to manufacturing, assembly and finishes. His winning design, the RP1 – Régulateur à détente is a manual- winding wristwatch in stainless steel with a unique construction, featuring a caliber fitted with pivoted detent escapement. “Being honored by the jury of the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Watchmakers is the best possible recognition of my work as an independent watchmaker.” he said.
Launched by Jean Arnault, Director of Watches of the House, the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives represents watchmaking and savoir-faire of excellence. The biennial initiative is supported by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton, and was conceived to celebrate creative talent, savoir-faire, and innovation to strive as the future generations of watchmakers.
The Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives is open to independent watch designers, artisans and entrepreneurs from all around the world. For its first edition, the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives drew nearly 1,000 submissions. Their evaluations were based on five essential criteria: Design & Aesthetics, Creativity & Audacity, Technical Innovation, Details & Finishings, and Complexity.
More than a reward
For this first edition, Raúl Pagès was awarded a graceful, spiral-shaped silver trophy inspired by the one found on a balance wheel, the essential component for precision in a timepiece. The trophy rises a metaphor for the ascension of independent watchmaking. It was engraved with the winning watchmaker’s name by a master engraver from La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton.
Moreover, he will receive a grant as well as one year mentorship by a dedicated team of experts (watchmakers, engineers, craftsmen) at La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton tailored to the needs of their project.