On 18 April, during a ceremony hosted by the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH) at the Cité du Temps in Geneva, the two awards "Hommage à la Passion" and "Hommage au Talent" were attributed to two important exponents of high watchmaking. Each year, the jury, composed of 50 independent professionals serving under the aegis of the FHH Cultural Council, awards the two prizes to exceptional personalities who have made a laudable difference to this field. This year, the sixth Hommage instalment, the hourglass-shaped trophy was attributed to Maison Greubel Forsey and to Franco Cologni. The former received the Hommage au Talent for its renowned virtuoso skills in the field of technical horology. Robert Greubel and Stephen Forsey's unmistakable style has become a fixture of the contemporary watchmaking world.
Franco Cologni, the president of the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art and the president of the FHH, was chosen to receive the Hommage à la Passion. As a long-standing member of the watchmaking and high jewellery communities, his name is closely tied to the success of both Cartier and Richemont.
Franco Cologni made the decision to dedicate his hourglass to another great exponent of horology, Nicolas G. Hayek, the founder of Swatch Group, as a token of his esteem. “I wish to pass on this distinction to Nicolas G. Hayek, who also displayed an ardent passion for watchmaking. This posthumously awarded prize should be regarded as a tribute to this great man without whom the Swiss watch industry would not be what it now is,” said Franco Cologni at the important award ceremony.