The highly coveted prizes were bestowed in Munich just hours after the Oscars ceremony in Los Angeles. INHORGENTA MUNICH presented the INHORGENTA AWARD 2019 in eight categories to the best pieces of jewelry, timepieces and designers. A total of 140 nominations were submitted for the 3.5-kilogram trophy offered by the international trade fair for jewelry, timepieces and gemstones. Garmin, Bulova and Hans D. Krieger were among those who won the award.
“And the winner is...” – this was a sentence that was uttered not just at the Oscars ceremony in the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles. It was also heard a few hours earlier in the Eisbach Studios in Munich. For good reason: The INHORGENTA AWARD 2019 was presented in eight categories there. The diamond-shape trophy is a highly coveted award bestowed on the best pieces of jewelry, timepieces and designers. About 400 guests from the worlds of business, culture and media – including Bettina Zimmermann, Franziska Knuppe, Cheyenne and Natascha Ochsenknecht, Zoe Helali, Nina Ruge, Cathy Hummels, Ben Blaskovic, Dunja Siegel, Holde Heuer and Gaby Dohm – anxiously awaited the announcement of the winners’ names during the gala event hosted by Alexander Mazza.
The 140 nominations set a record for the organizers of the INHORGENTA AWARD. “This shows us just what the award means to the international jewelry and timepiece industry,” said Klaus Dittrich, Chairman and CEO of Messe München. “We simply could not believe how wide the range of the nominations was.” One piece of jewelry even came from Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
The jury consisted of top model Franziska Knuppe, actress Bettina Zimmermann, the designers Markus Hilzinger, Xavier Perrenoud and Patrik Muff, Professor Christine Lüdeke of the University of Pforzheim, Anja Heiden von Wempe, watch expert Gisbert Brunner and style expert Nicola Erdmann from Iconist. Top model Knuppe said: “Picking the winners was not an easy task for us. We are really excited for them as a result.”
The winners are: Garmin (Smart & Connected Watch of the Year), Bulova (Watch Design of the Year), Hans D. Krieger (Fine Jewelry), Concrete Jungle (Fashion Jewelry), Corinna Heller (Designer of the Year), Gitta Geschmück (Design Newcomer of the Year), Juwelier Weber (Next Generation Retail) and the jewelry maker Capolavoro, which won the Public Choice Award.