9th November 2018, Geneva
This year in it’s 18th year, the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève has shown that it is coming of age. From its beginnings, a prize mostly for Geneva based brands, this year the GPHG has made the final jump to an international competition. Yes, you guessed it, Seiko finally got a prize!
But apart from this news, this year’s GPHG prize ceremony was full of surprises and we had the pleasure of several interesting speeches from company leaders. Along with Seiko we saw also other winners from outside of Switzerland this year; from Austria – the Habrings, from Germany – Nomos, from Russia – Alexander Chaykin and from France – Van Cleef & Arpels.
After the crowd of 1300 industry insiders and guests found its way to their seats in the Théâtre du Léman on the shore of Lake Geneva, the ceremony was opened by Mr. Raymond Loretan, the President of the GPHG Foundation board. “Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève is intended as an annual salute to the excellence of the contemporary watchmaking art” is the byline used by the GPHG in their announcements. This years results are a reflection of this.
The Jury of the GPHG is made up of 29 members, each a recognised personality in their respective fields of watchmaking. We saw the watches at the Pre-Selection Exhibition last week.
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The jury had a day to examine and discuss the watches during the week before the GPHG. They make a secret ballot and the winners of the 16 catagories are announced at the prize ceremony.
A French actor and a Canadian singer moderated the presentation of the winners – category by category – the announcements of the winners being made by members of the jury themselves. Short speeches by the winners gave us some insights into their work.
After the awards to the watchmakers and to the best first-year student at the Geneva Watchmaking School, the special prize of the Jury to a personality in the watchmaking scene was awarded to Jean Claude Biver.
GPHG 2018 Prize Winners
As the ceremony winds down it is time for congratulations and greetings, and many photographs…
… even selfies…
The complete list of the winning watches with pictures is below, here some of the winning people:
Maria and Richard Habring who won the category Petite Aiguille for their watch the Habring2 Doppel-Felix
Konstantin Chaykin who won the category Audacity for his watch – The Clown.
Rexhep Rexhepi who won the category Men’s Watch with his watch the Akrivia Chronomètre Contemporain
Stephen Forsey who won the category Mechanical Exception Watch for the watch Greubel Forsey, Grande Sonnerie
Laurent Ferrier who won the category Men’s Complication with his watch the Galet Annual Calendar School Piece
There is one more person who must be mentioned although neither he nor his company have ever entered a watch in the competition of the GPHG. With the winning Chronograph watch from Singer Reimagined, Jean-Marc Wiederrecht with his company Agenhor in Meyrin, Geneva, has done the development for 5 GPHG winning watches in the last 4 years. That is an amazing accomplishment and a sign of the great watchmaking potential in Geneva and its surroundings.
Prize winning watches
“Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix: Bovet 1822, Récital 22 Grand Récital
Revival: Vacheron Constantin, Historiques Triple calendrier 1942
Innovation: Krayon, Everywhere Horizon
Ladies’ Watch: Chanel, Boy-friend Skeleton
Ladies’ Complication Watch: Van Cleef & Arpels, Lady Arpels Planétarium
Chronograph Watch: Singer Reimagined, Singer Track1 Hong Kong Edition
Chronometry Watch: De Bethune, DB25 Starry Varius Chronomètre Tourbillon
Sports Watch: Seiko, Seiko Prospex 1968 Diver’s Re-creation
Jewellery Watch: Van Cleef & Arpels, Secret de Coccinelle
Artistic Crafts Watch: Hermès, Arceau Robe du soir
Challenge Watch: Nomos Glashütte, Tangente Neomatik 41 Update
“Petite Aiguille”: Habring2, Doppel-Felix
Audacity: Konstantin Chaykin, Clown
Men’s Watch: Akrivia, Chronomètre Contemporain
Mechanical Exception Watch: Greubel Forsey, Grande Sonnerie
Men’s Complication: Laurent Ferrier, Galet Annual Calendar School Piece
Author’s Biography: Donald Corson
Donald Corson is a contributor on AlphaLuxe web-zine.
He is a former moderator on PuristSPro.com horology discussion fora. In his writings, he blends his precision from the engineering industry with creative passion as an independent watchmaker who handcrafts his mechanical creations.
Donald has authored articles for magazines like The Watch (Hong Kong) and contributed a chapter in the book ‘Watchmakers: The Masters of Art Horology’ (2018) ISBN 978-1-851-49907-6.
An American by birth, German by education and Swiss by residence, Donald has difficulty choosing a team to support in the Football World Cup!