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