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.
Full results, photos and deferred broadcast available at www.gphg.org
*Geneva University of Art and Design