Watchmaking excellence was honored on November 7 in Geneva at the 19th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) awards ceremony, brilliantly hosted by actor Edouard Baer.
The GPHG’s independent jury awarded 19 prizes and attributed the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix to Audemars Piguet for the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin watch.
The Bulgari, Chanel, Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, Genus, Hermès, Kudoke, MB&F, Ming, Seiko, Tudor, Urwerk, Vacheron Constantin, and Voutilainen brands were also rewarded for their expertise and creativity.
The Special Jury Prize, which honors an influential actor in the watchmaking world, was bestowed on Luc Pettavino, Founder and Organizer of Only Watch.
On the eve of its 20th anniversary, the GPHG is announcing the upcoming creation of an academy of the profession. This major initiative, reflecting its unifying mission and supported by the City and Canton of Geneva, will constitute a vast network of ambassadors who will take part in the various stages of watch selection and contribute to the worldwide promotion of the watchmaking art. The academy will be operational in spring 2020.
“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin
Ladies’ Watch Prize: Chanel, J12 Calibre 12.1
Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize: MB&F, Legacy Machine FlyingT
Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen, 28ti
Men’s Complication Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Code 11.59 Minute Repeater Supersonnerie
Iconic Watch Prize: Audemars Piguet, Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-Thin
Chronometry Watch Prize: Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud, Carburised Steel Regulator
Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize: Hermès, Arceau L’heure de la Lune
Mechanical Exception Watch Prize: Genus, GNS1.2
Chronograph Watch Prize: Bulgari, Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic
Diver’s Watch Prize: Seiko, Prospex LX line diver’s
Jewelry Watch Prize: Bulgari, Serpenti Misteriosi Romani
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Voutilainen, Starry Night Vine
“Petite Aiguille” Prize: Kudoke, Kudoke 2
Challenge Watch Prize: Tudor, Black Bay P01
Innovation Prize: Vacheron Constantin, Traditionnelle Twin Beat Perpetual Calendar
Audacity Prize: Urwerk, AMC
“Horological Revelation” Prize: Ming, 17.06 Copper
Special Jury Prize: Luc Pettavino, Founder and Organizer of Only Watch