It was a magnificent evening once again in Geneva, at the 2017 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Geneve (GPHG), also known as the Oscar’s of the watch world.
This edition a few brands dominated the awards! Bvlgari brought home the awards in both the Men’s Watch category, as well as the one for the Tourbillon and escapement watch category. In the first, it was the exquisite Octo Finissimo Automatic that reeled in the honors, in the second, the tourbillon skeleton version of the same watch.
Parmigiani also brought home two prices! The Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde was awarded the travel time watch prize, while the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire reached the top spot in the Chronograph category.
Chopard also won two awards. In the jewellery category, they dominated with the stunning Lotus Blanc watch. However, the Chopard L.U.C. Full Strike did not win its category but was awarded the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix. Rightful honors for an extraordinary watch, which is all the more remarkable, because last year Chopard also won this coveted award, yet then with the Chronomètre Ferdinand Berthoud FB 1.
With the ladies watches Van Cleef & Arpels won the high-mech watch prize with the Lady Arpels Papillon Automate. This watch already impressed us during the SIHH, so its win doesn’t come as a surprise. The same goes for the regular ladies watch category, in which the Chanel Première Camélia Skeleton scooped up the win, with its flower inspired, manufacture skeleton movement, surrounded by a diamond set bezel.
Greubel Forsey took the award for best calendar watch home for their QP à Équation, and the most complicated watch in the world, the Vacheron Constantin Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600 was awarded the Mechanical Exception watch prize.
Vintage inspired designs also scored high, with Tudor being awarded the “Petite Aiguille” prize for small complications with the Black Bay Chrono. Longines re-issue of the Avigation BigEye was another rightful winner in the Revival watch category. Kari Voutilainen was probably also delighted that his Aki-No-Kure won the artistic crafts watch prize.
Last year the special jury prize went to George Daniels, and this year it honored Suzanna Rohr and Anita Porchet. You might never hear of these two ladies, but undoubtfully you have admired their work, as both are some of the foremost enamel artists in the industry. Rightfully so that they were awarded this honor, not only paying tribute to their incredible craftsmanship but also concluding yet another edition of the GPHG.