Hiren Kumar Bose on the watches which triumphed at the 19th edition of the award
Audemars Piguet swept the 19th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) winning three awards including the prestigious “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix for the Royal Oak Selfwinding Perpetual Calendar Ultra-Thin watch. It was followed by Bulgari and Voutilainen taking home two awards each.
In an event held at Geneva, 18 trophies were given to the brands while the Special Jury Prize was bestowed upon Luc Pettavino, founder of Only Watch. Since 2005, Only Watch has been organizing auctions of unique watches the proceeds of which fund research into Duchenne muscular dystrophy. The brands create and gift a unique watch which is one-off. The piece could be as simple as a change of colour, or as elaborate as the addition of a new complication, a movement, or a change of case. So far Only Watch has raised Euros 35 million.
The 84 pre-selected entries of GPHG 2019 travelled to Sydney, Bangkok, Mexico City, Pueblo and culminated at Geneva with an award ceremony. This year two new categories were included namely, Diver’s and Iconic. The “Horological Revelation” Prize which rewards a creation from a youthful brand made a comeback this year and was awarded to Ming’ s 17.06 Copper. In addition, the Calendar and Astronomy category is back too.
Audemars Piguet’s Code 11.59 won the Men’s Complication Watch and the Iconic Watch Prize for its Royal Oak “Jumbo” Extra-thin. While Bulgari took home two awards, namely the Chronograph Watch Prize for its Octo Finissimo Chronograph GMT Automatic and Jewellery Watch Prize for its Serpenti Misteriosi Romani.
Voutilainen who started an independent watchmaking business in 2002, building a limited number of handmade timekeepers and three years later introduced the world’s first decimal repeater sounding hours, ten-minute intervals and then minutes won the GPHG 2019 Men’s Watch Prize for its 28ti and the Artistic Crafts Watch Prize for its Starry Night Vine. In 2017, it had taken the award in the same category for its Aki-No-Kure.
The other brand which won awards included brands like Chanel (Ladies’ Watch Prize for J12 Calibre 12.1), Chronométrie Ferdinand Berthoud (Chronometry Watch Prize for Carburised steel regulator), Genus (Mechanical Exception Watch Prize for GNS1.2), Hermès (Calendar and Astronomy Watch Prize for Arceau L’heure de la lune), Kudoke, MB&F (Ladies’ Complication Watch Prize for Legacy Machine FlyingT), Seiko (Diver’s Watch Prize for Prospex LX line diver’s), Tudor (Challenge Watch Prize for Black Bay P01), Urwerk (Audacity Prize for AMC), Vacheron Constantin (Innovation Prize for Traditionnelle Twin Beat perpetual calendar) and Kudoke (“Petite Aiguille” for Kudoke 2).