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GAÏA Prize 2016

4 laureates in 3 categories is the jury's verdict. This international distinction rewards for twenty-three years careers in the field of watchmaking. The awards ceremony will be presided over by Mauro Dell'Ambrogio, Swiss State Secretary for education, research and innovation on Tuesday 20th September 2016 at 18:30, Musée international d'horlogerie, La Chaux-de-Fonds.

By Watchonista

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. The only one of its kind, 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).

Gaïa Prize trophy

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.

Prix Gaïa trophy

This year, the jury for the Gaïa Prize has recognised:

Vianney Halter
laureate in the category Craftsmanship-Creation

for his contribution to the renewal of aesthetic and technical codes in contemporary watchmaking, showing a respect for craftsmanship, without ever making concessions to conformism.

Roger Smith
laureate in the category History-Research

for his major contribution to our knowledge of the watchmaking world of 18th-century London and Anglo-Swiss exchanges through his expert knowledge of timepieces.

Giovanni Busca and Pascal Rochat
laureates in the category Entrepreneurship


for the fundamental role which they have played in repositioning the Neuchâtel Observatory and in developing the industrial applications of their atomic clockmaking research.

And receive each week a custom selection of articles.

Prix Gaïa 2014 – Pierre Thomann. History-Research category

By Joel GrandjeanEditor-in-Chief
You will find a piece of him and Neuchâtel, where he teaches, on the end of your mobile phone. Pierre Thomann works on the measurement of time and is...

Prix Gaïa 2014 – Henri Dubois. Entrepreneurship category

By Joel GrandjeanEditor-in-Chief
Watchmaking is grateful to this visionary man, who right in the middle of the watchmaking crisis, launched “Laboratoire Dubois” for watchmaking and...

Prix Gaïa 2014 – Kari Voutilainen. Craftsmanship category

By Joel GrandjeanEditor-in-Chief
From WOSTEP to Parmigiani, and now in Môtiers (Neuchâtel) where he works, the Finnish watch artist has always been widely appreciated. Three words...