The 13th GPHG brings a GP triumph : An international edition

After being exhibited in Dubai, Macao and Beijing, the selection of 70 watches chosen for the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix by a jury comprising 23 members from every continent, was presented to an international gathering of 1,500 guests at the Grand Théâtre de Genève on November 15th. Interspersed by video clips created by two HEAD* alumni, and the wit of Frédéric Beigbeder, the prize-giving ceremony took place as a live link-up broadcast with Tourneau, New York, and in the presence of the municipal and cantonal authorities, the Chinese Ambassador to Switzerland and the President of the Swiss Confederation, Mr Ueli Maurer – who addressed the audience in general and the watch brands in particular. The entire event was translated into English and broadcast live on and Worldtempus.
Among the 15 prizes handed over by various personalities and jury members, the supreme distinction went to Girard-Perregaux, which was awarded the “Aiguille d’Or” for the Constant Escapement L.M. Another brand that particularly distinguished itself was A. Lange & Söhne, winner of both the Grande Complication Prize and the Public Prize.
For the past three years, the GPHG Foundation has devoted particular importance to the independence of the jury, and a new step was taken with this 13th edition which saw the number of members rise to 23, representing a broader range of fields of expertise. After making a first selection in July that enabled them to choose 7 watches in 10 categories, they convened at the Cité du Temps in Geneva on November 7th to choose the winners.
They also took the initiative of awarding the Horological Revelation Prize, the Revival Prize and the Special Jury Prize – three categories for which the brands could not submit an application but were instead freely chosen by the jury. Within this decision-making body comprising collectors, designers, gemmologists, watchmakers, jewellers, journalists and other enthusiasts from around the world, one could be sure that no one particular discipline imposed its viewpoint and that the choice was truly democratic.
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*Geneva University of Art and Design

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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