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Lucien Trueb explains the background from the Swatch invention utilizing slides, this 1 displaying Jacques Muller and Elmar Mock from
about 1980. Elizabeth Doerr / Worldtempus

Muller and Mock, who humbly accepted their prizes with only a couple of words of thanks, had been introduced by Swiss journalist Lucien
Trueb, who had ready a brief background from the battle for recognition for these two males breitling copies . He explained that following revisiting the
subject from the creation from the Swatch within the Swiss-German every day newspaper NZZ in 2008, he received a letter from Swatch Group
chairman Nicolas G. Hayek. Within this letter Hayek told Trueb that the Swatch had had numerous fathers and integrated a list of about 50
names he regarded as component from the creation. Trueb's subsequent slide showed a hand-drawn sketch from the initial Swatch, signed by
Mock and Muller of ETA and dated March 27, 1980.

Ludwig Oechslin hands the "spirit of enterprise" Gaia to Jean-Claude Biver. Elizabeth Doerr / Worldtempus

The second honoree from the evening was a prominent figure from the Swiss watch business familiar to each and every watch enthusiast. It
was Jean-Claude Biver who aided in heralding the age from the mechanical renaissance by founding, which he later sold towards the Swatch
Group, then breathing new life into Swatch Group brands Omega and, and lastly turning Hublot into 1 from the industry's present leading
watch brands a.lange & sohne replica . Biver received the Gaia Award-which Julius B?r bank board member Remy Bersier known as the "Nobel Prize of haute
horlogerie"-for "spirit of enterprise, " and this could hardly happen to be much more fitting. The 61-year-old Biver has all through his
profession embodied the hungry entrepreneur, best breitling replica sites although financially he has no longer required to for a lot of years. The prize was provided
to him by former Omega advertising director and Biver's co-worker Fritz Hamman, who explained that Biver "lives his passions. "In his
personal brief acceptance speech, the dynamic Biver talked a lot about adore and devoted the award to his longtime managing director
Ricardo Guadalupe. Guadalupe has accompanied him all through numerous stations of his profession. The excitable Biver summed up by
saying, "You require to function for what comes following. "

The Gaia Award was presented final evening in the Musee International d'Horlogerie in La Chaux-de-Fonds for your eighteenth time.
Presided more than by museum curator and prior recipient Dr. Ludwig Oechslin, it has been sponsored from the Julius B?r bank because
2007. Two unique awards had been provided out from the bank throughout the ceremony to promising young watchmakers getting completed
unique tasks: Aurelie Michaud for restoration in the MIH and Masaki Kamasawa, previously of Vincent Berard's manufacture (which sadly
closed its doors this week), had been the clearly delighted recipients.

MIH curator and prior Gaia recipient Ludwig Oechslin moderated the evening Elizabeth Doerr. Elizabeth Doerr /Worldtempus

Jacques Muller and Elmar Mock are two names which have not been broadly heard in our business for years. However it was these two
gentlemen receiving the prize for artisanal creation who had been so instrumental in revitalizing the Swiss watch business within the
1980s . They had been the fathers from the Swatch watch: the plastic piece of pop culture that was the object lastly turning all
watch-interested eyes back to Switzerland following the house of haute horlogerie was just about decimated following the arrival from the
affordable quartz watch from the Far East.
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