The Oscars of the watch world were held on Friday in Switzerland with the grand Aiguille d’Or (Golden Hand) prize going to Breguet’s Classic Chronometrie.
Around 1,500 guests attended the 14th Grand Prix d’Horogerie de Geneve (GPHG) to see 17 prizes awarded to the most accomplished watches of the last 12 months. The event this year registered a record number of participants.
While an expert panel decided 16 category winners, Breguet was also honoured in taking the Public Prize, voted for by visitors to the GPHG website and a series of pre-show public exhibitions, for its Classique Dame. Urwerk’s self-calibrating EMC watch was honoured with two awards; the Mechanical Exception and Innovation prizes.
The event, translated into English, was broadcast live on euronews.com, worldtempus.com, hodinkee.com and the GPHG website Gphg.org, as well as on local television channel Leman bleu.
Pre-selected watches were exhibited before the award ceremony in New Delhi and Beijing and then in Geneva during the build-up to the show. The winners will be displayed in London this week as part of Salon QP.
The winners of the 14th GPHG are
Aiguille d’Or (Golden Hand), Breguet, Classic Chronometrie
Ladies’ Watch, Blancpain, Women Off-Centred Hour
Ladies’ High Mech Watch, Christophe Claret, Margot
Men’s Watch, Urban Jurgensen & Sonner, Central Second
Chronograph Watch, De Bethune, DB29 Maxichrono Tourbillon
Tourbillon Watch, Gronefeld, Parallax Tourbillon
Calendar Watch, A. Lange & Sohne, Richard Lange Perpetual Calendar ‘Terraluna’
Striking Watch, Hublot, Classic Fusion Cathedral Tourbillon Minute Repeater
Mechanical Exception Watch, Urwerk, EMC
Petite Aiguille (Little Hand), Seiko, Grand Seiko Hi-Beat 36000 GMT
Sports Watch, Zenith, El Primero Lightweight
Jewellery Watch, Bulgari, Diva High Jewellery Emeralds
Artistic Crafts Watch, Voutilainen, Hisui
Revival Watch, Omega, Speedmaster Dark Side of the Moon
Innovative Watch, Urwerk EMC
Special Jury Prize, Walter Lange
For WatchPro’s own take on the best watches of the last 12 months, take a look at our November issue, which is devoted to our annual search for the Watches of the Year. The issue features 90 of the best watches over nine categories with nine overall winners. A tenth category, Rising Stars, identifies the ten watch brands that have shaken things up over the past year to set their business on an upward trajectory.