Introducing MIH Gaïa Watch
Prix Gaïa

Introducing MIH Gaïa Watch: Preserving Local Watchmaking Know-How

The Gaïa Prize, which rewards outstanding figures of the watchmaking industry, will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Additionally, the Musée International d’Horlogerie (MIH) will present its second timepiece, entirely designed in-house and produced locally to support a noble cause.

By Watchonista

The goal of this 200-piece limited series is two-fold: first, to promote the MIH and its mission to preserve Swiss watchmaking heritage; and second, to finance the restoration of two of the museum's most important artefacts of local watchmaking history. These two pieces are remarkable: The Grand Magician, an emblematic automaton from the museum’s collection, crafted in 1830 by Neuchâtel native, Jean-David Maillardet and his son, Julie-Auguste; and, the Tellurium, an astronomical clock made by François Ducommun in the early 19th century and has never been restored.
 

Grand Magicien Maillardet
Grand Magicien Maillardet

100% Local Timepiece

The MIH Gaïa was created through the collaboration of 8 La Chaux-de-Fonds businesses and artisans. The workshop of atelier XJC took care of the design; Sellita provided their renowned mechanical calibre SW400-1 with automatic winding; Winiger Horloger and Timeforge constructed the technical plans; Singer created the dial; Stila provided the custom-made case; Brasport made the leather bracelet; Cornu & Cie the buckle; and finally, Laboratoire Dubois ensured the reliability of the timepiece thanks to a series of meticulous technical tests.
 

The MIH Gaïa Watch

The result is a unique and inspired watch that is modern and minimalistic. The 39mm 316L stainless steel case is sober and elegant with its 9.74mm thickness and thin bezel. The lugs are slim and angular, giving the watch a refined architecture and uncluttered appearance. The domed dial bears the official color of the MIH, a very attractive deep blue.
 

The MIH Gaïa Watch

The result is a unique and inspired watch that is modern and minimalistic. The 39mm 316L stainless steel case is sober and elegant with its 9.74mm thickness and thin bezel. The lugs are slim and angular, giving the watch a refined architecture and uncluttered appearance. The domed dial bears the official color of the MIH, a very attractive deep blue.
 

Subscription Tradition

In a nod to the traditional financing method of watchmaking, the limited series is only available by subscription. The price during the subscription period, which will begin at the upcoming Gaïa Prize ceremony on September 19th, is CHF 2,400. These first happy subscribers get a CHF 500 discount as, after the subscription period, the price will be CHF 2,900.
 

Inside The MIH

This is a great opportunity for collectors to own a rare, different, and meaningful watch that contributes to the preservation of Swiss horological heritage.

To be one of the benefactors, go to www.montremih.ch. Don’t miss your chance.

(Photography provided by MIH)

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