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Watchmaking excellence honoured at GPHG 2015

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Last night the watch world’s great and good gathered in Switzerland to honour the 2015 winners of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG).

The annual awards in Geneva, often referred to as the Oscars of the watch industry, took place at Geneva’s Grand Théâtre last night and saw British watchmaker Stephen Forsey’s brand Greubel Forsey take the Aiguille d’Or top prize for its Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision watch, which was shown for the first time at SIHH in January.

Greubel Forsey’s win was one of 18 announced on the night, including a third consecutive GPHG for Austria watchmakers Maria and Richard Habring. Their Habring2 brand successfully defended the fiercely competitive "Petite Aiguille" category for the second year in a row for its Felix watch with in-house A11 movement.

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Kari Voutilainen too celebrated back-to-back wins with his GMR taking the Men’s Watch prize.

Tudor, which this year announced its first ever in-house movements, took home the Sports Watch prize for one of the watches utilising its own horological heart, the Pelagos.

Independent watchmaker Antoine Preziuso must be delighted for not only being recognised by industry professionals in the Innovation Watch category, but also securing the public vote for his astonishing work of micro-mechanics, the Tourbillon of Tourbillons, which features three tourbillons mounted on a revolving plate.

Fabergé’s entry to the world of fine watchmaking was celebrated with its Lady Compliquée Peacock, with Jean-Marc Wiederrecht-developed movement, taking the Ladies’ High Mechanical Watch prize.

Hermès’ bid to adopt an instantly recognisable house style with its 2015 Slim de Hermès collection was certainly recognised by the GPHG jury, who selected its Slim de Hermès Perpetual Calendar as the winner of the Calendar Watch category.

While the predominantly technical Chronograph Watch category was won by Piaget for its dressy, ultra-thin chronograph, the Altiplano Chrono.

The three watchmakers who created the incredible Vacheron Constantin Reference 57260, the most complicated watch ever created, were also awarded a Special Jury Prize for their work. Micke Pintus, Yannick Pintus and Jean-Luc Perrin were attached to the project for eight years.

Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2015 winners

Aiguille d’Or
Greubel Forsey Tourbillon 24 Secondes Vision

Ladies Watch
Hublot Big Bang Broderie

Ladies’ High-Mech Watch
Faberge Lady Compliquée Peacock

Men’s Watch
Voutilainen GMR

Chronograph Watch
Piaget Altiplano Chrono

Tourbillon Watch
Ulysse Nardin Ulysse Anchor Tourbillon

Calendar Watch
Hermès Slim d’Hermès QP

Striking Watch
Girard-Perregaux Minute Repeater Tourbillon with Gold Bridges

Mechanical Exception Watch
Jaquet Droz The Charming Bird

Petite Aiguille Watch
Habring2 Felix

Sports Watch
Tudor Pelagos

Jewellery Watch
Audemars Piguet Diamond Punk

Artist Crafts Watch
Blancpain Villeret, Cadran Shakudo

Innovation Watch
Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons

Revival Watch
Piaget Extremely Piaget Double Sided Cuff Watch

Special Jury Prize
Micke Pintus, Yannick Pintus and Jean-Luc Perrin.
The three Vacheron Constantin watchmakers who developed the Reference 57260 watch.

Horological Revelation Watch
Laurent Ferrier Galet Square

Public Prize
Antoine Preziuso Tourbillon of Tourbillons

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James Buttery

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