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2022 Gaïa Prize is awarded to…

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Laurent Barotte, Nico de Rooij and Edouard Meylan are the 2022 laureates of the award considered to be the “Nobel of watchmaking”. Respectively in the categories “Craftsmanship and Creation”, “History and Research” and “Entrepreneurship”.

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The 2022 edition of the Prix Gaïa pays tribute to watchmaking talents and once again confirms its international significance. Since 1993, this award has been presented in recognition of extraordinary careers in the field of watchmaking, as well as its art and culture. And for the third consecutive year, the Musée international d’horlogerie de La Chaux-de-Fonds (MIH) is awarding its “Horizon Gaïa” fellowship.

Guests gather on the forecourt of the MIH, the International Watchmaking Museum in La Chaux-de-Fonds, to attend the public ceremony

Official ceremony on Thursday 22 September 2022 at the MIH

The unique Prix Gaïa honours the very best: those contributing to the reputation of watchmaking, its history, its technology or its industry. An institution of global renown, the Musée international d’horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds – a city whose economic and social history is closely linked to watchmaking – awards this prize in recognition of the spiritual heirs of watchmaking culture embodied in the museum’s collections, and in the city itself.

This year, the Gaïa Prize jury, composed of personalities active in the field of watchmaking, has designated:

Laurent Barotte, winner in the "Craftsmanship-Creation" category for his expertise in the field of clock restoration, for his contagious passion and for the ambition shown in the projects he has led with his students in restoring monumental clocks in public spaces
Nico de Rooij, winner in the "History-Research" category for his outstanding career dedicated to research in micro-technology, for the pioneering role he has played in the processes of producing miniaturised silicon-based sensors and actuators, and for his contribution in sharing these technologies with the watchmaking industry
Edouard Meylan, winner in the "Entrepreneurship" category, for his bold career and the entrepreneurial approach he has taken with the brand H. Moser & Cie. while defending fine mechanical watchmaking and exercising complete independence in component and product development and communication.

Horizon Gaïa grant

Alongside the three categories used to honour leading figures in the watchmaking world, 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 Horizon Gaïa scholarship has been awarded to Julien Gressot, a PhD student completing his doctoral thesis in the History of Technology at the University of Neuchâtel. His thesis project aims to give an overview of the scientific and technological heritage of the Neuchâtel Observatory and is entitled “Inventorying, preserving and sharing an exceptional heritage of science and technology. Retracing the history of the Neuchâtel Observatory through the history of its scientific instruments“.

Julien Gressot, third recipient of the "Horizon Gaïa" fellowship
2022 Gaïa Jury

Le Jury 2022

Régis Huguenin
conservateur du Musée international d’horlogerie, président du jury
François Aubert
président du comité du Musée d’horlogerie du Locle-Château des Monts
Patrick Dubois
président, Laboratoire Dubois
Estelle Fallet
conservateur en chef, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève
Philippe Fischer
directeur de la Fondation Suisse pour la Recherche en Microtechnique (FSRM)
Joël A. Grandjean
journaliste, éditeur et rédacteur en chef JSH Magazine
Serge Maillard
journaliste, éditeur Europa Star
Nathalie Marielloni
conservatrice adjointe, Musée international d’horlogerie
Nathalie Tissot
professeure de droit de la propriété intellectuelle, Université de Neuchâtel
Kari Voutilainen
horloger indépendant
Silas Walton
fondateur et CEO A Collected Man

Le Jury 2022

Régis Huguenin
conservateur du Musée international d’horlogerie, président du jury

François Aubert
président du comité du Musée d’horlogerie du Locle-Château des Monts

Patrick Dubois
président, Laboratoire Dubois

Estelle Fallet
conservateur en chef, Musée d’art et d’histoire de Genève

Philippe Fischer
directeur de la Fondation Suisse pour la Recherche en Microtechnique (FSRM)

Joël A. Grandjean
journaliste, éditeur et rédacteur en chef JSH Magazine

Serge Maillard 
journaliste, éditeur Europa Star

Nathalie Marielloni
conservatrice adjointe, Musée international d’horlogerie

Nathalie Tissot
professeure de droit de la propriété intellectuelle, Université de Neuchâtel

Kari Voutilainen
horloger indépendant

Silas Walton
fondateur et CEO A Collected Man

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