MIH The winners of the 25TH Prix Gaïa
The winners of the Prix Gaïa 2019 are Suzanne Rohr, Laurent Tissot and Karl-Friedrich Scheufele.
The Prix Gaïa is awarded each year by the Musée international d'horlogerie (MIH) in recognition of extraordinary careers within the field of watchmaking, its art, and its culture. The 2019 edition of the Prix Gaïa, the 25th, will take place at Club 44 in La Chaux-de-Fonds at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday 19th September and is set to be remarkable in more ways than one.
Firstly, it will pay tribute to three very experienced talents from the world of watchmaking. Then, it will see the award of first ever Horizon Gaïa grant, intended to promote new talent working in the areas covered by the Prize. Lastly, it will provide the setting for the unveiling of the prototype of the brand new watch created by the MIH. Subscriptions for the MIH Gaïa watch will officially open at the end of the ceremony.
Gaïa 2019: the winners
This year, the Prix Gaïa jury, comprising 15 figures active in the watchmaking field, nominated:
- Suzanne Rohr - winner in the Craftsmanship - Creation category for her pioneering role in and her mastery of the art of enamelling, her perseverance and her independence in apprenticeship, and her work to train others in these skills.
- Laurent Tissot - winner in the History - Research category for his contribution to the renewal of our understanding of the economic, social and cultural history of Swiss watchmaking at an academic level, influenced by his many research studies, wealth of publications and his strong communication skills.
- Karl-Friedrich Scheufele - winner in the Entrepreneurship category for the dynamic growth and international renown which the family company has enjoyed thanks to his leadership, and for developing new watchmaking entities which emphasise the value of people, craftsmanship and innovation.
Laurent Tissot, Suzanne Rohr andKarl-Friedrich Scheufele
Horizon Gaïa grant
Horizon Gaïa, an incentive grant made possible thanks to the generosity of the Watch Academy Foundation, is being awarded to encourage new talent in the fields recognised by the Prix Gaïa: Craftsmanship - Creation, History - Research, and Entrepreneurship. The grant will finance all or part of an individual project.
The recipient of the Horizon Gaïa 2019 grant is Aude Moutoussamy, who has a Masters in contemporary history from the Sorbonne and is completing a Masters in communication and social media strategy. The grant will enable her to undertake original research on the strategies for appropriating social media adopted by different watch brands, in Switzerland and abroad, by financing her research project entitled "The appropriation of social media by watch brands" for a period of six months.
The MIH Gaïa watch
In tribute to the winners of the Prix Gaïa over the last 25 years, on the day of the ceremony, the MIH will be opening subscriptions for a totally original watch, named the "MIH Gaïa", designed and developed by the museum with various regional partners. This piece, the design of which was unveiled today, is inspired both by the unique architecture of the MIH and by the trophy awarded to winners of the Prize. It will enable important work to be undertaken to restore and document iconic pieces on display at the MIH.
The detailed presentation of the prototype for the MIH Gaïa watch will take place on 17th September.
Sketch of the MIH Gaïa Watch
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