GPHG celebrates best innovations and creations in the watchmaking industry

Greubel Forsey, Girard-Perregaux and Piaget are some of the top winners at the annual watch competition.

PUBLISHED : Friday, 18 December, 2015, 12:24pm
UPDATED : Friday, 18 December, 2015, 12:24pm

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The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie (GPHG) is to the watch world what the Academy Awards is to the movie industry. In its 15th edition this year, the GPHG celebrates the industry’s best innovations and creations.

This year, more than 200 watches were submitted for a spot in the final selection, with 72 finalists in 16 categories.

The awards were decided by a jury of 26 major industry leaders and figures, including Aurel Bacs, co-founder and partner with Phillips in association with Bacs & Russo, watchmaker Philippe Dufour, Italian watch collector and author John Goldberger, Lebanese gemologist and jeweller Claude Sfeir and American rock star and collector Eric Singer. A public prize was voted for by the public.

“I was profoundly impressed by the diversity of this year’s finalists showing that the Swiss watch industry does not only know one but actually several trends,” says Bacs.

The watch of the year, the Aiguille d’Or Grand Prize, went to Greubel Forsey’s Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision. The brand makes just 900 pieces in global circulation .

The Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision is a time-only tourbillon that measures 43.5mm on the wrist.

The Ladies’ watch prize went to Hublot’s Big Bang Broderie, while the Ladies’ High-Mech watch prize went to the Lady Compliquée Peacock from Fabergé. The Voutilainen GMR by independent watchmaker Kari Voutilainen and his team took home the Men’s watch prize. The watch, limited to only 12 pieces, combines a GMT function with a power reserve indicator.

The Chronograph watch prize went to the Altiplano Chrono, Piaget’s first chronograph in the ultrathin line-up. Piaget also collected the Revival Watch prize with the Extremely Piaget Double-Sided Cuff Watch.

Ulysse Nardin took home the Tourbillon watch prize with the Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon, while Hermès won the Calendar watch prize with the Slim d’Hermes QP. The Hermès watch combines a perpetual calendar, a second time zone, a moon phase indicator and art-deco inspired numerals on the dial.

Girard-Perregaux, with its Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges, took home the Striking watch prize. Jacquet Droz’s Charming Bird, with a tiny automaton bird housed inside a crystal that chirps and dances at the click of a button, was deserving of the Mechanical Exception %watch prize.

The Petit Aiguille is a category focused on watches on a relatively lower price range, and the prize was awarded to Habring2 for the Felix watch. Made in Austria, the Felix houses Habring2’s first in-house movement.

Tudor’s Pelagos, updated with the brand’s first in-house movement and revamped with a bright blue dial and bezel, was awarded the Sports watch prize.

The Jewellery watch prize was given to Audemars Piguet for the stunning Diamond Punk, while the prize for Artistic Crafts went to Blancpain for their delicate Villeret Cadran Shakudo. The design on the dial is meticulously hand-graved in a Japanese metal alloy of copper and gold.

The Innovation watch prize went to Antoine Preziuso for the Tourbillon of Tourbillons. A first in fine watchmaking, the watch incorporates three tourbillons in the single mechanism, making the watch a wonder to look at.

The watch, created by father and son duo Florian and Antoine Preziuso, also received the public prize and is the only watch to win two awards.