The jury members introduce themselves

The people choosing the winners: The nerves are sure to be jangling at the grand gala event to present the INHORGENTA award on February 24, 2019 at the Eisbach Studios in Munich. These jury members will be deciding who gets to take home the coveted trophy.

Bettina Zimmermann

Bettina is one of the best-known and most popular German actresses. She can currently be seen playing attorney Claudia Strauss in the series Ein Fall für Zwei. Her film credits include the two-part drama Die Luftbrücke, which won the German Television Award and the Golden Camera, and the crime series Verbrechen based on the bestseller by Ferdinand von Schirach. She also narrates one of the main parts in the audiobook Die Meisterin. Bettina has now made Berlin her home and has been appearing in the Web series Der Lack ist ab since 2015 with her partner, the actor Kai Wiesinger.

Franziska Knuppe

A top German model, Franziska was discovered in 1997 by star designer Wolfgang Joop in a Potsdam café. Since then, she has appeared on the catwalk for world-famous fashion labels such as Thierry Mugler, Karl Lagerfeld, and Vivienne Westwood. The native of Rostock supports charities including “Tribute to Bambi – Help for Children in Need” and social media campaigns like UNICEF’s #Stop10Seconds.

Xavier Perrenoud

Xavier is a designer specialized in the industry of luxury and craftmanship, founder of Atelier XJC, and professor at the ECAL design school in Lausanne. He is convinced that competitions like the INHORGENTA AWARD expedite innovation in the jewelry and watch industry. He especially looks forward to seeing bold and highly individual entries.

Patrik Muff

Patrik is a Munich-based designer who combines traditional craftsmanship and high-quality materials to create jewelry with intricate and opulent forms. The native of Switzerland has a special link with the INHORGENTA AWARD: In 2017, he designed the 3.5-kilogram diamond-shaped trophy, which will also be presented to the winners in 2019.

Markus Hilzinger

Markus knows a thing or two about good design: His studio is located in the creative city of Berlin and he designs interiors and shops with as much passion as he creates new products. The magazine AD Architectural Digest ranks him among the “Top 50 Designers” in Germany. He regularly wins awards for his work and has already scooped the “Finest Interior Award”, the “Building of the Year Award,” and the “Best Fabrics Award.”

Anja Heiden

As a member of the Wempe management board, Anja is a well-known major figure in the jewelry and watch industry. No other woman is quite as synonymous with retailing success as the native of Hamburg.

Gisbert L. Brunner

Gisbert is a journalist and author from Munich and has been writing about watches since 1981. The 71-year-old has published around 30 books on timepieces, including Rolex – The Watch Book. He is also co-founder and owner of the website

Nicola Erdmann

As a Digital Editorial Director of Iconist, the fashion and lifestyle magazine by WELT, Erdmann has a keen feel for good design. Born in Nuremberg, she graduated from the renowned Axel Springer Academy after completing her studies in theatre and media sciences, psychology and Christian journalism.

Prof. Christine Lüdeke

Professor Lüdeke is a Swiss industrial designer. She was born in Los Angeles and educated in California and Milan. Since 1994 she has run the Studio for Industrial Design in Zurich. The professor has worked at the School of Design in Pforzheim since 2001, where she is head of the jewelry faculty.