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Gaïa Prize - Richard Mille laureate in the category Entrepreneurship

Gaïa Prize Richard Mille laureate in the category Entrepreneurship

The Gaïa Prize 2017 recognized three prominent figures from the Western Switzerland watchmaking industry for their role in entrepreneurship, creation or culture.

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:

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.


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