The Gaïa Prize was created in 1993 by the Musée international d’horlogerie with an aim to honour prominent figures who have contributed and who contribute to the reputation of watchmaking – through its history, its technology and its industry. This Prize has the particularity of honouring the best of the best (F.P. Journe, P. Dufour, G. Daniels, N. Hayek, J.-C. Biver, K. Voutilainen, A. Porchet). By awarding this Prize, the Musée international d’horlogerie, a worldwide recognised institution of La Chaux-de-Fonds, a town whose economic and social history is closely linked to watchmaking, wished to express its appreciation to the spiritual heirs of the watchmaking culture which impregnates the collections of the museum, as well as the town.
The Gaïa Prize award ceremony will be presided over by the Ambassador Nicolas Bideau, Head of Presence Suisse, Thursday 21st September 2017 at 6:30 pm, Club 44, Rue de la Serre 64, 2300 La Chaux-de-Fonds.
This year, the jury for the Gaïa Prize has recognized:
Depending on the angle of view, I go from finding the palms ideal to wishing they’d 15-20 percent more surface area. The hands are thick, three-dimensional objects and although they are on the smaller side, so I am certain that they’re rather hefty — and micro-rotor movements are rarely big on torque and hence rarely fitted with substantial hands.The counter-argument is that this can be just as much a showpiece as it is a watch and since it’s still quite legible, they chose to leave a little more space for the eyes to find the complex movement and not cover more of it up with much larger hands.Over the past couple of weeks that I spent wearing the Richard Mille Watches Cheapest Replica RM033 a lot, I remember two occasions when I was perplexed and had to look twice to tell the hands apart; the way that they stood on the dial and the way the lights played, I was not quite sure which one was that. Apart from these two exceptionally memorable moments of my entire life, I discovered legibility to be great.
Richard Mille – laureate in the Entrepreneurship category
for the leading role played by his business in defining modern luxury Swiss watchmaking on a global scale and his bold and innovative use of original materials and development of futuristic creations.
Jean-Marc Wiederrecht – laureate in the Craftsmanship-Creation category
for his creative contribution to horological complications, marrying function with beauty in his work for many brands.
Laurence Marti – laureate in the History-Research category
for her major contribution to our knowledge of the social history of watchmaking through her handling of original sources and for the spirit of independence which she fully embodies.