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BU Graduate Wins Top Horology Prize

28 Jan 2019

Tyler John Davies, 27, a graduate of the School of Jewellery at Birmingham University, is the winner of the Young Talent Competition 2019, organised by independent Swiss watch manufacturer FP Journe with the support of the Foundation of Haute Horology (FHH). The announcement was made at the SIHH show in Geneva on 16th January.

FPJourne Young Talent

The aim of the competition, which has been going since 2015, is to support the art of haute horology and the appreciation of horological craftsmanship. The jury of eight horological personalities based its selection criteria on technical achievement, complexity of creation and sense of design and aesthetics.

Speaking of his winning piece, called ‘Equilibrium’ Tyler explained that his project was the “creation of a clock to be more than a timepiece, to draw people in, be expressive and portray a message. The idea of balance was always in my thoughts, it was consistent across all aspects of the design… the clock needed to be both functional and scientific, whilst remaining to be creative and artistic.”

Created for his final year project, the mechanical clock has a walnut case, a waxed and silvered brass dial and a visible deadbeat escapement. “I had lots of experience making the recoil escapement and I wanted to challenge myself so I opted for the deadbeat.,” he adds. “I knew the deadbeat was more critical and less forgiving, it also required some tooling to be made, which did help guarantee its success. I designed the case [with] CAD and used a CNC router to cut out the components, first a prototype was done in MDF and then the finished piece in American black walnut. The components were then jointed and finished by hand.”

The 2019 winner receives a diploma and a CHF 10,000- grant from luxury Asian retailer The Hour Glass, which will allow him to purchase watchmaking tools. He also presented his creation at the SIHH in Geneva.