First of its Kind.
Louis Vuitton has crowned Raul Pagès as its first winner of their Watch Prize for Independant Creatives.
Pagès has been an independent watchmaker since 2012, hailing from Switzerland, a country renowned for its dexterity in the watch industry. The inaugural award saw five nominees, with Pagès beating out four other notable independent watchmakers, including Simon Brette, Petermann Bédat, John-Mikaël Flaux, and Andreas Strehler.
His winning design, the RP1, features a stainless steel face and band, and manually wound reference with a pivoted detent escapement. The technical masterpiece is geared with precision, operating through a regulator-type watch face display separate hours, minutes, and seconds. Each of these has its own dial.
A victorious Pagès was awarded a €150,000 cash prize along with a one-year mentorship at Loius Vuitton’s La Fabrique du Tempts. To display on his shelf, Pagès was granted a specially crafted silver trophy embedded within a Louis Vuitton Monogram trunk.