Inspirational trio awarded 2015 Gaia Prizes


A British scholar, a famed enamellist and a legendary watchmaker have been honoured at the 2015 Gaia Prize.

Harrison scholar Jonathan Betts, independent enamellist Anita Porchet and famed movement maker Giulio Papi were awarded Gaia Prizes last week.

If the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève are the Oscars of the watch industry then the Gaia Prize is the horological equivalent of the Nobel Prize.


Created by the Musée International de l’Horlogerie (International Horology Museum in Chaux-de-Fonds) in 1993, the Gaia prize honors people who have greatly contributed to the horology industry, its history and its culture.

Betts was honoured in the History and Research category, Porchet for Craftsmanship and Creation and Papi for Entrepreneurship.

Papi has been developing wristwatch complications since 1986, initially as part of Renaud et Papi, a movement atelier he co-founded which later became part of Audemars Piguet.

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