Raúl Pagès wins the first-ever Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives Raúl Pagès wins the first-ever Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives

Raúl Pagès wins the first-ever Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives

Jamie Weiss

It’s been well over a year in the making, but the winner of the inaugural Louis Vuitton Watch Prize for Independent Creatives – an initiative started by the Maison to foster the future growth of innovation in the watchmaking industry – has finally been announced: Spanish-Swiss independent watchmaker Raúl Pagès, for his RP1 – Régulateur à détente.

Régulateur à détente dial

Pagès faced stiff competition, with entries from well-known independents such as Petermann Bédat and Simon Brette among the finalists, but the deceptively simple RP1 ultimately took home the gold, with Pagès now set to receive a year of personalized mentorship by La Fabrique du Temps Louis Vuitton and a financial grant from LVMH alongside the beautiful balance wheel-inspired silver trophy he took home on the night, which came in a Louis Vuitton trunk, naturally.

Régulateur à détente caseback

The RP1 is deceptively simple: a manual-winding wristwatch in stainless steel with a unique construction, it features a bespoke calibre fitted with a novel pivoted detent escapement, a type of escapement common in marine chronometers and precision pocket watches from the 19th century that has largely been abandoned by modern watchmakers due to its susceptibility to shocks. Pagès’ movement, however, features an “anti-tripping” mechanism atop its balance staff that catches the detent in case of shocks.

Régulateur à détente movement

“I really wanted to pay tribute to the chronometers of the past and marine chronometry, the golden age of watchmaking invention,” Pagès has said of his creation. Based in the small village of Les Brenets in Neuchâtel, Switzerland, Pagès honed his craft first as a high-end watch restorer before becoming an independent watchmaker in 2012. He only creates four watches a year, which he makes completely by hand, from R&D to manufacturing, assembly and finishes – and his finishing is world-class, with anglage and meticulous black polishing hallmarks of his work.

Raul Pagès

This first edition of the Louis Vuitton Watch Prize attracted almost 1,000 entries, so Pagès’ win was certainly hard-fought. “Being honoured 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 explains. Bravo Raúl, it’s a beautiful watch.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend!


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