The Cartier Fine Watchmaking Institute today revealed the winners of its 21st competition, which was opened to all third-year watchmaking apprentices in Switzerland, plus those from A. Lange & Söhne in Germany.

This year, the students were required to submit their ideas for a day/night indicator on the 6497 calibre. A total of 85 projects were received from watchmaking schools, apprentices working at a number of major luxury watch brands and movement manufacturers, as well as several private workshops.

A jury consisting of five independent experts marked the submissions according to four different criteria (originality, quality of execution, movement function and movement cleanliness) to award an overall mark out of 50.

The winner of the competition could barely have come from any further away from Switzerland’s watchmaking valleys. The artistic butterfly design that captured the judge’s attention was submitted by Dion Ehrat from the private workshops of the Perret AG jewellery store, which is situated in Lichtensteig in the canton of St. Gallen.

This, together with the levels of creativity ranging from the artistic to the technical and understated, indicate a promising future for movement design in Switzerland.

Click on the image at the top of the page to see a gallery of all eight finalists in the competition.