Of the 72 competing watches at the 17th edition of Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 16 models went home with awards dedicated to the contemporary art of watchmaking. Hiren Kumar Bose reports
The “Aiguille d’Or” of 17th Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG) Grand Prix was awarded to Chopard for the L.U.C Full Strike Watch. In an event held at Geneva’s Théâtre du Léman watchmaking excellence, innovation and expertise were saluted by an international jury that handed out 16 prizes.
Zenith’s Defy Lab won the Innovation Prize, Longines Avigation BigEye bagged the “Revival” Prize, Chanel’s Première Camélia Skeleton won the Ladies’ Watch Prize, Van Cleef & Arpels’ Lady Arpels Papillon Automate won the Ladies’ High-Mech Watch Prize and Bvlgari’s Octo Finissimo Automatic won the Men’s Watch Prize,
Beside the “Aiguille d’Or” Chopard went home with the Jewellery Watch Prize for its Lotus Blanc Watch. Similarly, Bulgari bagged two awards, namely the Tourbillon and Escapement Watch Prize for its Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Skeleton and Men’s Watch Prize for Octo Finissimo.
The Chronograph Watch Prize was given to Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, the Calendar Watch Prize was bagged by Greubel Forsey’s QP à Équation, the Travel Time Watch Prize went to Parmigiani Fleurier’s Toric Hemisphères Rétrograde, the Mechanical Exception Watch Prize was bagged by Vacheron Constantin’s Les Cabinotiers Celestia Astronomical Grand Complication 3600, “Petite Aiguille” Watch Prize was awarded to Tudor’s Black Bay Chrono, the Artistic Crafts Watch Prize was awarded to Voutilainen’s Aki-No-Kure and Sports Watch Prize to Ulysse Nardin’s Marine Regatta.