Maximilian Büsser of MB&F was recently awarded the prestigious reward within the watchmaking industry Gaïa Prize.
Since 1993, the Musée International d’Horlogerie (MIH) in La Chaux-de-Fonds has presented the prize in recognition of extraordinary careers in the field of watchmaking. In the list of Craftsmanship & Creation category, previous winners include George Daniels, Philippe Dufour, François-Paul Journe, Kari Voutilainen. In the History & Research category are Roger Smith and Ludwig Oechslin. The Entrepreneurship category is populated by prominent figures like Nicolas G. Hayek, Günter Blümlein, Jean-Claude Biver, Richard Mille, Philippe Stern.
According to the official press release, Max received the Gaïa Prize “in recognition of his creative approach to watchmaking in the design and marketing of his products, and for the innovative way he manages his business”.
Max was joined in the 2018 edition by two amazing individuals, namely Paul Clementi (Craftsmanship & Creation), whose career spans L’Epée, Parmigiani and Bovet in addition to academic responsibilities at the Technical College of La Chaux-de-Fonds and the Haute Ecole HE-ARC and Reinhard Meis (History & Research), now retired, but who played a key role for many years at Lange & Söhne and then at Richemont, where he was Engineering director for product design and fine watchmaking.