I am writing you from my lodging in Geneva, only a couple hours in the wake of celebrating the best in watchmaking at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve. This yearly awards are presented to the finest timepieces that were over the previous a year in a scope of categories from Grand Complication to Best Ladies Watch. The jury comprised of 23 individuals from a large group of industries including designer Philippe Starck, architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, performer (and our old buddy) John Mayer, a few world-class authorities such as Claude Sfeir and Viren Bhagat, a few top level writers such as Elizabeth Doerr, Nick Foulkes, Sean Li, Carlos Alonso, and Jean-Philippe Arm, the CEO of a year ago’s winner (TAG Heuer’s Stephane Linder), Christie’s international head of watches Aurel Bacs, and, well, me.
All of the 2013 GPHG’s winners
Over 1500 individuals were in attendance the previous evening in Geneva’s Grande Theater to see who would be awarded for their design, innovation, and creativity – including the current president of Switzerland.. There were a few surprises for the duration of the evening, however in talking with my fellow jury individuals afterwards, we accept that each and every individual who brought home a prize the previous evening, was undoubtedly the correct choice altogether categories. The most remarkable prizes went to Girard-Perregaux ( as we disclosed to you immediately after the award was reported ) for its Constant Force LM, while A. Lange & Sohne brought home two awards for its 1815 Perpetual Calendar Rattrapante (Public Prize & Grand Complication). Another remarkable win went to Ressence for its Type 3, an enthusiastic top pick for some, and the exceptional jury prize for a deep rooted commitment to watchmaker that went to as a matter of fact Philippe Dufour.
The night was actually a rush, and I can’t disclose to you how much I appreciated being a piece of it. It was equally exciting to be approached to present an award in front of an audience – the prize for best recovery watch and be welcomed with such a warm response. You can see the video here , and see the Instagram I took while in front of an audience here .
But, without additional ado, I would jump at the chance to run down the complete rundown of winners from the current year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneva. Congratulations to all!
“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Girard-Perregaux, Constant Escapement L.M.
Grande Complication Prize: A. Lange & Söhne, 1815 Rattrapante Perpetuel Calendar
Ladies’ Complications Watch Prize: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Ballerine Enchantée
Ladies’ Watch Prize: DeLaneau, Rondo Translucent Champagne
Men’s Complications Watch Prize: Romain Gauthier, Logical One
Men’s Watch Prize: Voutilainen, V-8R
Innovation Prize: Vianney Halter, Deep Space Tourbillon
Jewellery Watch Prize: Chopard, L’Heure du Diamant
Artistic Crafts Watch Prize: Chanel, Mademoiselle Privé Camélia Brodé
Sports Watch Prize: Zenith, El Primero Stratos Flyback Stricking 10th
“Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize: Habring2, Jumping Second Pilot
Revival Prize: Tudor, Heritage Black Bay
Horological Revelation Prize: Ressence, Type 3
Special Jury Prize: Philippe Dufour