There are a bizarrely huge number of configuration grants, yet not one of them measures up to the Red Dot, which is inarguably the most celebrated and significant of them.
The Red Dot grants prizes for plan in a large number of classifications, from coolers to yard trimmers and everything in the middle. These prizes are likewise granted on numerous levels, for example Most awesome aspect the Best, Honorable Mention, etc.
However, until the 2015 release of the competition, there has never been a devoted watch category.
The 2015 Red Dot “watch” grants of 2015 go to a sum of eleven horological items, which incorporate one mechanical development and even a strap. One watch got an Honorable Mention for a particularly effective plan detail.
Two of the watches got the most noteworthy honor, which is known as Best of the Best. These are the Horological Machine 6 Space Pirate by MB&F and the Apple Watch .
Other champs of Red Dot grants in the watch class include: Armin Strom Skeleton Pure Water, Jacob Jensen Strata Series, Maurice Lacroix Pontos Date, Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Supercharged, MB&F HM 5 Carbon Macrolon, Nomos Metro, Porsche Design Timepiece No. 1, Sony SmartBandTalk SmartWatch 3, Eone Timepieces The Bradley, Meistersinger Caliber MSH 101, and the Hirsch Performance Collection strap.
Judging the Red Dot
There are three adjudicators in the new watch classification : Professor Herman Hermsen (educator for adornments and item plan at the Fachhochschule Düsseldorf), Günter Wermekes (independently employed goldsmith and planner), and Rüdiger Bucher, proofreader in-head of German watch magazine Chronos and head of publication for the watch division of the Ebner Verlag distributing house. While Hermsen and Wermekes had recently been members of the jury as experts in gems plan, the approachable Bucher was new to the Red Dot in 2015.
Bucher’s expansion to the jury in addition to the making of the watch class truly caused me to pay attention. Thus, I chose to get some information about the in the background of the well known Red Dot Design Award and how the decisions are made.
Q&P: Why was there a different Red Dot watch classification this year? What changed?
RB: In 2014, Chronos did a meeting with Red Dot chief Professor Dr. Peter Zec for the Chronos uncommon issue about watch plan (Chronos Spezial Uhrendesign). I think it was during that cycle that Prof. Zec got the inclination that there ought to be a different classification for watches. (Prior to that, there was a class for adornments and watches together.) In my assessment, Prof. Zec settled on the correct choice since watches and gems are truly unique products.
Q&P: How significant do you by and by discover configuration to be when passing judgment on a watch overall?
RB: Design is one of the principle motivations to really purchase a watch. I think it has become considerably more significant throughout the long term. How about we take a gander at the field of mechanical (and, however predominantly, extravagance) watches: harking back to the 1990s, the choice to purchase a mechanical watch was for the most part determined by the mechanical development inside the watch. Individuals cared about the craftsmanship and the magnificence of a mechanical development, recognizing its predominance – not in exactness but rather in craftsmanship and, not least significantly, workmanship – over a quartz movement.
Today, a mechanical development is fairly “normal” in a top of the line watch. Numerous individuals care first about the brand and the plan. For it to be mechanical is just about a matter of course.
Q&P: Was plan your lone measures for passing judgment on the Red Dot watch competition?
Q&P: How hard was it for you to pass judgment on the smartwatches submitted? What models did you use?
RB: equivalent to for any item: measures like level of advancement, usefulness, formal quality, and solidness, yet additionally emblematic and passionate content. I believe it’s significant that a watch has a solid allure and brings something new to the market as far as design.
Q&P: How did a development get honored (Meistersinger Caliber MSH 101) and not the entire watch?
RB: Brands and producers are generally free in what they submit to Red Dot. Whenever they have submitted it (and paid the charge), it becomes one of the items for us attendants to evaluate. The choice to allow a development to pass to appraisal was not done by the members of the jury yet by the Red Dot group. We just saw it there among the watches and gave our opinion.
Q&P: What did the three adjudicators find so remarkable or potentially extraordinary about the Apple Watch to grant it a Best of the Best?
RB: The Apple Watch persuaded us all gratitude to its uncommon plan idea, the top notch of workmanship, and the novel thought it brings into the watch market. Its shapes and points, the chance of easily eliminating the lashes and arm bands, the simple to-deal with clasps, and the overall straightforwardness in working it set it apart from other smartwatches, and it persuaded every one of the three jurors.
Q&P: What’s the contrast between Best of the Best and a “typical” Red Dot winner?
RB: The three legal hearers (it’s consistently three for each classification) have the chance to grant one to two percent of all items inside a class with a Best of the Best qualification. For a Best of the Best, every one of the three members of the jury should concur – though for the standard Red Dot, it tends to be a two-to-one decision.
Q&P: How does a brand get more than one watch as a champ (like Maurice Lacroix did for this present year)?
RB: There is no limit. Brands can send in however many items as they like. Participating interestingly, I saw that there are a few brands entering watches each year and there are as yet numerous brands that don’t. I’d prefer to thus to empower each significant watch brand to enter their watches. A watch doesn’t need to be a “plan watch,” it simply needs to have great plan. All things considered, Patek Philippe and Rolex would have great opportunities to win a Red Dot in my opinion.
Q&P: How will you apply what you’ve realized as a Red Dot judge to how you see brands and watches in the future?
RB: Being a Red Dot judge was a gigantic encounter, not at all since I had the chance to converse with such countless extraordinary, experienced planners – in the field of watches, however in each class. This experience unquestionably helped shape my comprehension of configuration all in all and the significance of it. I began the Chronos unique issue about watch plan in 2013 to put more accentuation on plan separated from mechanics and developments. This was at that point because of the way that plan is one of the principle purposes behind individuals to purchase a watch.
Even if a watch is precisely modern, you will not get it on the off chance that it doesn’t meet your own taste.
My hunch is that plan has become perpetually significant – even to the complication nerds. Furthermore, this has now probably been upheld by me becoming a Red Dot judge.
For more data about the Red Dot grants, kindly visit www.en.red-dot.org.