The Foundation of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) has pre-selected 72 watches, divided into 12 categories, who will compete to win one of the 16 prizes of the 18th edition of the award that will salute the year’s finest watch creations, including the prestigious Aiguille d’Or Grand Prix.
This 18th edition of the GPHG has attracted record participation with representatives from all the major watch groups, as well as a number of independent Maisons. Creations from both large and small brands are thus vying with each other within a unifying spirit designed to enhance the international reputation of an industry that consistently pushes technical and artistic boundaries while displaying impressive vitality.
The 2018 jury, composed of 30-odd experts and passionately dedicated individuals from a variety of backgrounds, will meet behind closed doors in early November to evaluate the pre-selected watches and cast their vote by secret ballot.
The winners will be announced on November 9 at the 18th GPHG prize-giving. Held in Geneva’s Théâtre du Léman, the award ceremony will be attended by Johann Schneider-Ammann, Federal Councillor and Economic Affairs Minister, along with Genevan authorities and representatives of the international watchmaking profession, all gathered to celebrate the art of horology. French actor and producer Edouard Baer will be serving as master of ceremonies for this event
The 2018 roadshow will kick off in Venice on September 28 with an event organised at the Arsenal in partnership with BMW Italy. The 72 pre-selected watches will then fly off to Hong Kong, where they will be on show in the Liang Yi Museum on October 10 and 11, for private events organised by our principal partner, LGT private bank and then a public presentation in partnership with the Wine’s Link company. After that, they will stop off in Singapore at The Hour Glass, a prominent retailer hosting the roadshow from October 17 to 21 in its Malmaison boutique, where exclusive events will be organised in parallel with the exhibition’s public opening hours.
Upon returning to Geneva, the 72 watches will take up residence in the Palatine rooms of the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire (MAH) from November 1 to 14th, where the GPHG will organise a multi-faceted exhibition dedicated to watchmaking art and culture, with the support of several local institutions.