The Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has unveiled its list of the 72 timepieces pre-selected by the jury for the 17th edition of the Grand Prix.
This summer, the foundation’s independent jury comprising 28 multi-disciplinary experts of various nationalities and from diverse backgrounds completed the first round of voting. They have chosen six watches for each of the 12 categories in which the watches can compete: Ladies’ – Ladies’ High-Mech – Men’s – Chronograph – Tourbillon and Escapement – Calendar – Travel Time – Mechanical Exception – “Petite Aiguille” – Sports – Jewelry – Artistic Crafts.
The 72 pre-selected watches are competing to win one of the 15 prizes that will reward the best horological creations of the year 2017, including the prestigious “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix.
The jury will convene at the start of November for the final selection, with voting take place behind closed doors and by secret ballot, under the supervision of a notary.
The 2017 list of prize-winners will be announced on Wednesday November 8 on the occasion of the 17th award ceremony, which will be held at the Théâtre du Léman in Geneva.
The traveling exhibition presenting the 72 pre-selected watches will make its debut in Milan (October 2-4) at the Palazzo Clerici and in partnership with BMW. The timepieces will then fly off to Mexico where they will be displayed at two events: a preview held just before the SIAR – Salón Internacional Alta Relojería (October 12-14), and then within the setting of the prestigious Mexican salon itself (October 17 and 18).
The journey will continue in Taipei (October 26 and 27) with private events organized by the foundation’s principal partner, the private bank LGT. In Geneva, the exhibition (from November 1-12) will showcase the pre-selected watches in the Palatine rooms of the Museum of Art and History (MAH). Stemming from cooperation between four Genevan institutions, this event will also present the watches donated to the MAH by GPHG prize-winning brands, the 2017 projects of the Chair of Watch Design students at the HEAD – Genève (Geneva University of Art and Design), as well as featuring watchmaking initiation workshops, talks and virtual reality experiences staged by the Foundation de la Haute Horlogerie (FHH). The 2017 roadshow will conclude in Dubai (November 16-20) with a showing of the 15 prize-winning watches at the Dubai Watch Week (DWW.)
About the GPHG: Created in 2001 and overseen since 2011 by a foundation recognized as a public interest organization, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is intended to highlight and annually reward the most remarkable watchmaking creations in order to contribute to enhancing the worldwide reputation of the watchmaking art.