Well, the outcomes are in and the 2013 Aiguille d’Or goes to Girard-Perregaux for the Constant Escapement. The “Brilliant Hand” is the top prize at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, granted to the watch that energizes the adjudicators most, across the entirety of the different making a decision about classifications. This year it has gone to a serious watch in the Constant Escapement.
As a speedy recap, some really exceptional watches have won the Aguille d’Or the previous few years. It went to TAG Heuer for the Mikrogirder in 2012, to De Bethune for the DB28 in 2011, and to Greubel Forsey for the Double Tourbillon 30 Degrees Edition Historique in 2010. These are on the whole watches that somehow or another reclassified what a wristwatch can be, and the Constant Escapement fits in consummately here.
The Constant Escapement, as you may have speculated, is about Girard-Perregaux’s new steady force escapement framework. Rather than retrofitting a consistent force component onto a current escapement, this development is reconsidered from the beginning. The above video should give you a fair of why this watch is so extraordinary, yet you can get the full once-over here .
A huge congrats goes out to Girard-Perregaux and the wide range of various champs and candidates at the current year’s GPHG. We’ll have a more itemized report of the Grand Prix’s outcomes for you soon.