The outcomes are in, and we now know what a panel of 30 watch business professionals collectively suppose are the watches that deserve particular recognition this yr. That is the end result of the annual GPHG, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève — the first awards occasion within the watch world.
The highest prize, the “Aguille d’Or,” went to a technically spectacular and visually compelling watch, however there have been different winners spanning a complete of 18 classes — no runners-up, only a single watch in every class (plus a discretionary Particular Jury Prize to the organizers of Dubai Watch Week). All entrants paid a price, and the winners got here dwelling with a small, outstretched golden hand sculpture as a prize and the rights to make use of the GPHG award branding for advertising functions.
Did your favourite watch make the lower? There was some overlap from our own favorites, however some fascinating selections as effectively. Agree? Disagree? Take a look at a collection of the winners under (you may see the complete listing here) and depart your ideas within the Feedback part.
Grand Prize: Bulgari Octo Finissimo Perpetual Calendar
Cannot actually argue with this alternative, because it broke the world report for thinnest perpetual calendar at 5.8mm, and its execution is as impressed as an modern watch of this sort deserves.
Motion: Bulgari BVL 305 computerized
Males’s: Grand Seiko Heritage Hello-Beat Shirakaba
The class of “males’s watch” can embrace absolutely anything. We additionally selected this Grand Seiko as our favourite from among the many six nominees for roughly all the explanations we love Grand Seiko usually.
Motion: Seiko 9SA5
Males’s Complication: MB&F LMX Titanium
Business favourite MB&F is a shoe-in for GPHG annually. For the class of issues, its LMX suits the invoice, with twin time proven on angled dials and energy reserve indicators.
Motion: MB&F LMX hand-wound
Iconic: Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Further-Skinny
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak “Jumbo” Further-Skinny is not new, however it’s undoubtedly iconic. What’s new this yr is its green-dial-and-platinum-case configuration.
Motion: Audemars Piguet 2121 computerized
Chronograph: Zenith Chronomaster Sport
Zenith’s sporty new chronograph has some acquainted parts which mixed in a novel mannequin this yr. The model’s Chronomaster collection is so good, it was certain to win in a single class or one other.
Motion: Zenith El Primero 3600 computerized
Calendar & Astronomy: Christiaan van der Klaauw CVDK Planetarium Eise Eisinga
It is cool to see smaller and unbiased watchmakers get recognition. This virtually appears like a comparatively “regular” watch, however its subdial at 6 o’clock “shows actual time — the photo voltaic orbits of Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.”
Motion: CVDK7386 computerized
Diver: Louis Vuitton Tambour Road Diver
Certain to be controversial, Louis Vuitton debuted a dive watch in its Tambour assortment this yr with a modern “city” theme it calls the Road Diver. It actually deserves some consideration.
Motion: ETA 2895-2 computerized
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