What the Oscars are for the film business is the GPHG (Grand Prix D’Horlogerie De Genève) for the watchmaking industry. Created in 2001 as an annual salute to the excellence of international horological creations, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève contributes to spreading the reputation of this art and its values around the world. Two days ago it was the big day of the prize-giving ceremony.
Federal Councillor Alain Berset was eager to salute the vitality of the Swiss watch industry, presented by the MC tandem of Frédéric Beigbeder and Gaspard Proust. The ceremony hosted an audience of 1500 men and women in Geneva; composed of influential stakeholders from the watch industry as well as from political and economic circles. It was also broadcasted live to enthusiasts around the world.
The prestigious international jury of this 15th edition of the GPHG, uniting the skills and competence of 26 authoritative watch experts and collectors, awarded 17 prizes and decided to grant the supreme distinction, the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, to Greubel Forsey for the model Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision.
And the winner is….. those are the winner in the different catogories:
“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Greubel Forsey, Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision
Ladies’ Watch Prize: Hublot, Big Bang Broderie
Ladies’ High-Mech Watch Prize: Fabergé, Lady Compliquée Peacock
Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen, Voutilainen GMR
Tourbillon Watch Prize: Ulysse Nardin, Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon
Calendar Watch Prize: Hermès, Slim d’Hermès QP
Striking Watch Prize: Girard-Perregaux, Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Jaquet Droz, The Charming Bird
“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Habring2, Felix
Sports Watch Prize: Tudor, Pelagos
Jewellery Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Diamond Punk
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Blancpain, Villeret, cadran Shakudō
Revival Watch Prize: Piaget, Extremely Piaget Double Sided Cuff Watch
Innovation Watch Prize: Antoine Preziuso, Tourbillon of Tourbillons
Horological Revelation Prize: Laurent Ferrier, Galet Square
Special Jury Prize: Micke Pintus, Yannick Pintus, Jean-Luc Perrin. The three VacheronConstantin watchmakers who developed the Reference 57260 watch.
In addition, voting via the Internet and at the exhibitions resulted in the awarding of the Public Prize: Antoine Preziuso, Tourbillon of Tourbillons (see, Innovation Watch Prize)
After Hong Kong, Seoul and Dubai, the exhibition of the watches pre-selected by the jury is still on show in Geneva until November 4th at the Cité du Temps. As the last stage of this road show, the prize-winning watches in this 2015 edition will be presented in London at the SalonQP from November 12th to 14th.