Jaquet Droz President Manuel Emch and Bengt Brummer
Jaquet Droz President Manuel Emch and Bengt Brummer

NEW YORK, Aug 14, 2009 / FW/ — As announced last November 2008, luxury Swiss watchmaker Jaquet Droz partnered with Parsons The New School of Design to create the Jaquet Droz Prize for Design, an award given to undergraduate student who best embodies the spirit and ideals of Jaquet Droz.

Today, in a joint announcement, Bengt Brummer, Product Design student, was named the inaugural winner of the Jaquet Droz Prize for Design award for his works like the “Pop Bottle” and the “Flameless Cooker”, designed to help in disaster relief efforts. Mr. Brummer was awarded the top prize of $5,000.

The winner was judged by a group that included Jaquet Droz President and Creative Director Manuel Emch, Chief Curator of the Museum of Arts and Design David McFadden, renowned product designer Dror Benshetrit, gallery owner Marc Benda, Whitewall Magazine President Michael Klug, and Parsons Associate Professors Peter Wheelwright and Ken Stevens.

“Jaquet Droz Prize for Design enables us to give back to the design community by supporting an up and coming designer. This award honors a student who has shown creative execution, technical mastery and an appreciation for craftsmanship,” says Manuel Emch.

“I am impressed with Mr. Brummer’s work and believe he possesses the talent and vision to reshape the future of design, just as Jaquet Droz is redefining the landscape of fine timepieces,” Emch added.

Established in 1738 by Pierre Jaquet Droz in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, the luxury Swiss watchamaker specializes in the Art of Watchmaking.

Jaquet Droz has developed the concept of limited production quantities and unique pieces. The dial of the watch represents the DNA of the brand, while the Grande Seconde model, inspired by the 1791 timepiece, is its icon.