For my part, there are no less than ten watches within the semi-finals that should be within the prime 5 finalists, so I’m going out on a limb right here, however on condition that I feel that the prize is more likely to go not merely to the ‘finest’ watch, however to who it is going to assist essentially the most, my prediction for the 5 finalists are: Vincent Deprez, Sarauer Horology, Khemea, Simon Brette, and Yosuke Sekiguchi.
Additionally strongly within the working for me are Theo Auffret, Ondřej Berkus, Felipe Pikullik, John-Mikaël Flaux, and Petermann Bédat.
I’ll stress once more that I’m not predicting the finalists simply on the standard of their watches, but in addition in how a lot the prize is more likely to affect their future (fostering creativity and innovation).
If my predictions for the finalists are largely appropriate, i.e. indicating that the jury additionally takes into consideration the affect of the prize and never simply the watchmaking itself, I feel that future editions of this biennial (each two years) prize may be restricted to watches/watchmakers that launched within the earlier three to 5 years, slightly than those that are already properly established.
In December 2023, the jury will choose the 5 finalists primarily based on Design, Creativity, Innovation, Craftsmanship, and Technical complexity. We are going to then know extra on simply what the prize is aiming to do, i.e. how a lot weight might be giving to rewarding versus fostering impartial expertise?
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