The Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genëve has announced its official pre-selection for this year’s prize ceremony. Many of the brand’s available at Cellini are represented on the list, including Audemars Piguet, Bulgari, Chopard, De Bethune, H. Moser & Cie., Ludovic Ballouard, Piaget, Girard-Perregaux, Ulysse Nardin, and Zenith.
The press release from the GPHG:
The Foundation of the Grand Prix díHorlogerie de Genëve invites you to discover the list of 72 timepieces pre-selected by the 2016 jury. This list is published on the official GPHG website, www.gphg.org, where watch enthusiasts are also invited to express their opinion by participating in the Public Prize.
Laurent Ferrier accepting an award last year.
The independent jury of this 16th edition of the GPHG, composed of 28 experts from a wide range of horizons, undertook its first round of voting this summer in order to choose six watches in 12 categories. The 72 pre-selected watches are vying to win one of the 15 prizes including the prestigious ìaiguille díorî Grand Prix that will reward the yearís finest watch creations. The jury will meet behind closed doors in early November, ahead of the prize-giving ceremony, in order to examine each of the pre-selected watches, to deliberate and to render its second and last verdict via secret ballot.
The 2016 Prize List will be revealed on November 10th at the Thè‚tre du Lèman in Geneva, the new scene of a prize-giving ceremony that will be jointly presented for the second year running by Gaspard Proust and Frèdèric Beigbeder, and will as usual welcome the international watch family to celebrate the brandís ever-renewed creativity, expertise and excellence.
In keeping with a now established annual custom, a travelling exhibition presenting the pre-selected watches will make stopovers in various capitals, thereby affording an international audience a chance to discover the latest creations and to enrich their watchmaking knowledge through seminars, workshops and talks staged within this framework.
Alain Berset (Federal Councillor) and Stephen Forsey
of Greubel Forsey, which won the “Aiguille díor” last year.
The 2016 exhibition will begin its journey in South Korea, where it will take up residence from October 10th to 13th at the Lotte Hotel, an iconic venue at the heart of Seoul. The pre-selected watches will then fly to Rome, where they will be on show from October 26th to 29th in the famous Palazzo Colonna. This first GPHG exhibition in Italy is organised in partnership with BMW Italy and supported by the Swiss Embassy in Rome. Upon returning to Geneva, the 72 watches will be presented from November 2nd to 12th at the Citè du Temps,, the long-serving ëhome groundí showcase for the official pre-selection.
After the ceremony, the 15 prize-winning watches will be exhibited in Dubai from November 15th to 19th within the context of the second Dubai Watch Week the cultural and educational discovery platform dedicated to watchmaking and organised by the retailer Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons.
Created in 2001 and overseen since 2011 by a foundation recognised as a public interest organisation, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de GenËve 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.