The Swiss luxury watch and jewellery manufacturer Chopard won the most prestigious award at Wednesday’s annual “Oscars of the watchmaking industry” – the 17th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG) in Switzerland.
The event – honouring 2017’s best horological creations – saw 72 watches competing for 16 prizes at Geneva’s Théâtre du Léman, with a jury of international experts selecting the winners by secret ballot.
Chopard won the most prestigious award, the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, for its L.U.C Full Strike Watch.
Chopard also won the Jewellery Watch Prize for its Lotus Blanc Watch.
Zenith claimed the Innovation Prize for its Defy Lab, which the Swiss watchmaker says is “the most precise mechanical watch worldwide ever made”.
The Defy Lab is powered by Zenith’s new oscillator, which is being marketed as “a major innovation in the watch industry since the 1675 invention of the balance and hairspring principle by scientist Christiaan Huygens”.
The Ladies’ Watch Prize went to Chanel for its Première Camélia Skeleton. The maison celebrated the 30th anniversary of its first Première watch this year, and launched the Première Camélia Skeleton in three versions – all powered by the Calibre 2, which resembles the curves of a camellia flower.
A delicate automaton flutters on the dial of this model, which also features pavé diamonds, mother of pearl and enamel.
The Men’s Watch Prize went to Bulgari for its Octo Finissimo Automatic, the slimmest self-winding watch on the market. Unveiled at Baselworld 2017, the watch is only 5.15 millimetres thick. A newly developed in-house movement, the calibre BVL 138, is only 2.23mm thick.
Bulgari also claimed the Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize for its Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton, which is possibly the world’s thinnest tourbillon wristwatch.
The Mechanical Exception Watch Prize was won by Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, which has two dials that keep time using 23 complications.
The front dial has 15 complications, including civil time, solar time and a mareoscope indicating tide level and the earth-moon-sun alignment.
Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Regatta won the maison the Sports Watch Prize. Armed with a rubber strap and rubberised bezel and pushers, the watch is powered by an in-house automatic calibre UN-155 which, like all of Ulysse Nardin’s recent movements, uses silicium technology.
GPHG was created in 2001 “to contribute, thanks to its label, to promoting Swiss watchmaking and its values around the world,” its website says.
All the winning timepieces will be exhibited at Dubai Watch Week from November 16 to 20.