“My gut feeling plays a big role” | Jewelry designer and actress Barbara Becker talks about her task as a juror for the INHORGENTA AWARD and about her special relationship with Munich.


Jewelry designer and actress Barbara Becker talks about her task as a juror for the INHORGENTA AWARD and about her special relationship with Munich.

The conferral of the INHORGENTA AWARD will take place for the second time in Munich. What relationship do you have with the city by the Isar River?

Munich will always be my hometown because that’s where my two children were born. For me, Munich is one of the most beautiful cities in the whole world. Munich has international flair. Beside that, what I especially appreciate is: one has friends here, friends for a lifetime. 

What do you appreciate most about jewelry and watches?

Jewelry and watches offer fantastic opportunities to express personal style and the momentary mood. One should always keep two questions in mind: What is the occasion? And what can one wear them with: for example, a daringly bold wristwatch or an eye-catching piece of jewelry. But one shouldn’t overdo it, otherwise the accessory won’t seem so special – and that will look cheap.

You’re joining the jury of the INHORGENTA AWARD as a new juror. How do you see yourself as a juror?

My gut feeling plays a major role in my decisions. I also want to know the stories behind the submitted pieces and how they were fabricated. I’m enthusiastic about the craft of jewelry and the love for details that’s associated with it.

How will you and the other jurors reach a consensus?

I’m looking forward to the collaboration and to the different viewpoints of the various jurors. In our own special ways, each of us is unique, creative and an accurate observer. And each of us will contribute our experiences and know-how to the evaluative process.

In your opinion, what significance does the INHORGENTA AWARD have for the industry?

The awards in the various categories simply honor the best products and achievements in the industry. Receiving this award also helps to make an artist or a company better known.

Which jewelry do most like to wear? 

The pieces that I don’t have to return afterwards! (laughter) I’ve often bought pieces on the spur of the moment, and fortunately I’ve never regretted those purchases. Seriously, though, my favorite pieces are the ones that serve as souvenirs: they call to mind memories of wonderful moments and moods. My most recent purchase was a watch as a birthday present for my life partner.

Interview with Franziska Knuppe | ​German top model Franziska Knuppe talks about her second appearance in the INHORGENTA AWARD jury.


German top model Franziska Knuppe talks about her second appearance in the INHORGENTA AWARD jury.

Ms. Knuppe, you’re once again a member of the INHORGENTA AWARDS jury panel – how did you like the job the first time round?
Very well, we were a great team and had a lot of fun. That was down to the mix of people on the jury: from the professor and the PR expert to the designer and me. I’ve been working in the fashion industry for 20 years and have a lot to do with jewelry. It was enriching for me to hear the opinions of the experts and I was able to learn a lot about processing and materials. The selection of the items submitted was excellent and showcased many facets of jewelry design. 

What did you as a jury member pay attention to?
All in all, the focus was on trends and quality, which is what makes jewelry so special. I myself judged according to my first impression and my personal taste. For me, jewelry has to have something special. It shouldn’t look like it’s been mass-produced. 

What do you think is the importance of the INHORGENTA AWARD for the industry?
I think it's fantastic that achievements are rewarded: whether it's the creative power of young, up-and-coming designers or the high-quality work of established companies. It is important for the prizewinners to have a jury of experts and colleagues recognize what they’re doing.

Interview with INHORGENTA AWARD mainsponsor CASIO | Marc Czemper, Senior Sales Manager WATCH Division of CASIO Europe, talks about the reasons for supporting the Inhorgenta Award.


Marc Czemper, Senior Sales Manager WATCH Division of CASIO Europe, talks about the reasons for supporting the Inhorgenta Award.

This year Casio will again be the main sponsor of the INHORGENTA AWARDS with the brand G-SHOCK. What makes the AWARD so special for you?

The award undoubtedly gives INHORGENTA a very valuable additional level of attraction and charm, both within our industry, i.e. in the retail and industry sectors, as well as for consumers interested in watches and jewelry. We already saw the special impact on our industry very clearly this year at the successful premiere of the awards. Based on these positive experiences, we decided early on to support the event as the main sponsor in 2018. 

What was it that particularly impressed you at last year’s award ceremony?

In addition to its successful organization and interesting nominations, we were particularly impressed by the positive atmosphere amongst all the participants involved in the event. We’re convinced that this positive atmosphere will have a lasting effect and contributes to the successful development of new partnerships and the consolidation of existing relationships. This is where we come in and we’re already looking forward to the evening and seeing the guests. 

What do you expect from the 2nd INHORGENTA AWARD?

First and foremost, I hope that the participating guests will be rewarded for their visit, as they were last year, and that the successful event will be reported more intensively and comprehensively in the media. I am very curious to see what inspiring aspects the jury will highlight with their decisions and I am very pleased that submissions in the new category “Best Smartwatch/Connected Watch” are also possible this year.

“Every man should own a beautiful wristwatch.” | AWARDS moderator Alexander Mazza talks about his admiration for designer jewelry and the jeweler’s craft.


Mr. Mazza, you’ll moderate the INHORGENTA AWARDS ceremony in 2018. What are you looking forward to most?

I’m especially looking forward to the privilege of being part of one of the highlights at INHORGENTA MUNICH. It’s important to me that the INHORGENTA AWARD becomes a permanent feature in the industry. This award is still young, but it’s already something special.

What makes this award so important?

I believe that the INHORGENTA AWARD is a very important and meaningful commendation. A long tradition and the utmost in artistic craftsmanship stand behind the fabrication of jewelry and watches. Each creation stands for creativity, passion, effort and loving attention to details. But it also needs courage and an innovative spirit! Especially in the jewelry sector, it isn’t easy to do justice to customers’ constantly changing needs and desires in our fast-paced era. In my opinion, designers who set themselves apart from the crowd deserve to be noticed and commended.

What do you expect from the jury?

I expect very strong expertise! Patricia Riekel’s judgments will be interesting because she can rely on a tremendous wealth of experience and she has plenty to say about design and wearability. The watch expert Gisbert Brunner and the award-winning designer Markus Hilzinger are likewise acknowledged experts with enormous know-how: they’ll surely subject the submitted artworks to very intensive scrutiny and they’ll discuss the pieces with acumen and expertise. Franziska Knuppe naturally benefits from her experience as a top model. And Barbara Becker, as a jewelry designer, likewise has plenty of relevant knowledge to contribute.

What does jewelry mean to you personally?

Gold, silver and precious stones fascinate me because these treasures from our Earth need millions of years to form and will outlive us all. People craft these materials into perfectly shaped artworks, jewelry that we can wear to accentuate our individuality and our personality or because the pieces tell a special story. I personally wear only my wedding ring and a wristwatch. The ring tells the story of my love for my wife. And I believe that every man ought to own at least one handsome wristwatch. Jewelry interconnects so many beautiful things. That’s why I think it’s terrific that there’s the INHORGENTA AWARD.

You’re a moderator and an actor. Is the stage fright different in those two professions?

No, the feeling of excitement is the same. I moderate more often than I act, but both give me stage fright. “Fright” really isn’t the right word, because the nervousness is positive. The butterflies in my stomach are the harbingers of pleasure to come. It’s very important to feel that excitement because it focuses me for my upcoming appearance or for the scene I’m about to perform. One big difference is in the preparations: an actor, unlike a moderator, is obliged to stay close to the script and to speak the lines that he has learned. We moderators sometimes get some guidelines in advance, but basically we use our own words. We have to be spontaneous, quick-witted and able to think on our feet. And we’re always the ones who lead and guide the event. Incidentally, what I especially like about moderating is the direct contact with the audience and the unfiltered feedback. 

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