Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix : New features of the 2014 edition

The categories are evolving in terms of both quality and quantity ; the jury is more broad-based than ever to ensure even greater expertise and independence; the exhibitions will be making stopovers in India, China and the SalonQP in London ; and the public will be increasingly involved. The 2014 vintage is set to be exceptional.

After broad-based consultations within the industry and numerous meetings of its think-tank committee, the Foundation of the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix unveiled the program for its 14th edition of which the ceremony will be held on October 31st 2014 at the Grand Théâtre de Genève. One quarter of the jury has been modified to ensure regular turnover while maintaining a solid base. Collectors, retailers, recognized experts in their own fields and specialized journalists make up the 24 members from all continents lend by Aurel Bacs, serving as President of the jury. Together, they will select six watches this summer in each of the 12 categories listed below from the 200 or so candidates put forward by the watch brands and visible as of early July on Each week, the website which is the official media partner of the GPHG will analyze the categories and the reasons that have incited the brands to present such or such a model. In September, the 72 selected watches will set off to meet the Chinese and Indian public in partnership with the Banque Rothschild, before returning to the Cité du Temps in Geneva. WorldTempus will then offer visitors a chance to make one forecast per category, and then to vote for the Public Prize of the GPHG. During the week following the ceremony, the winning watches will be showcased at the SalonQP in London. In addition to the distinctions relating to the 12 categories below, six other prizes will be awarded: the “Aiguille d’Or” Grand Prix, the Innovation Watch Prize, the “Horological Revelation” Prize, the Revival Watch Prize, the Special Jury Prize and the Public Prize.

Definitions of these categories, rules and presentation of the jury on; analysis, competition and weekly GPHG section on

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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